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Richard Moss, Political editor, North East & Cumbria

Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

This is the home of my irreverent - but hopefully insightful - northern take on reporting politics for Look North and Sunday Politics

Ministers accused of letting nurseries 'wither on vine'

15 September 2014
Children and staff in nursery school
Oxclose Nursery School in Washington is one of a number of council nurseries with an outstanding record

They are a hugely successful part of our school system - yet the government has been accused of letting local education authority nursery schools "wither on the vine".

More than 60 have closed over the last decade, and a recent survey by an early years campaign group suggested only 12% of the 418 state-funded nurseries that survive were optimistic about their future.

And yet the evidence suggests they are the highest-achieving part of England's education system.

In 96% of cases inspectors found them to be either good or outstanding.

In fact, 57% of those nursery schools got that top outstanding rating, compared to just 17% of primary schools.

Specialist staff

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Northern England waits for Scottish independence vote

12 September 2014

With the result on a knife-edge, the people of the North East and Cumbria are waking up to the possibility that what may have seemed a symbolic border with Scotland could soon become a real one.

The border counties of England have plenty in common with their northern neighbours.

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Breast cancer drug stand-off "not helping patients"

13 August 2014
Pharmaceutical production line
The breast cancer drug Kadcyla rolls off the production line

The decision that breast cancer drug Kadcyla wouldn't be available routinely on the NHS understandably hit the headlines on TV, radio and in the press.

It seemed to pitch drug giant Roche against the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the group which decides what treatments the health service can afford.

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Can Osborne deliver on northern powerhouse pledge?

George Osborne
George Osborne has spoken about creating a northern powerhouse

George Osborne has spoken about creating a northern powerhouse in the region's towns and cities.

At the heart of that was the idea of a new HS3 high speed rail link between Leeds and Manchester.

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The strange death of the Conservative working vote

Conservative club members in Seaham playing and watching snooker
Conservative club members in Seaham are keen on snooker but not so impressed by the current party leadership

On the face of it, Seaham is not a town where you'd expect to find many Tories.

This former mining community in County Durham has had Labour MPs for almost a century now. It's in one of the party's safest seats.

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European Commissioner warning to North East on EU exit

Johannes Hahn
EU regional policy commissioner Johannes Hahn says grants have helped create thousands of jobs

A European Union commissioner has warned that if the UK were to leave the EU, the North East of England could be hit harder than other parts of the country.

Regional policy commissioner Johannes Hahn told BBC's Sunday Politics that less developed regions like the North East would be likely to suffer more if Britain was outside the EU.

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UKIP confident of winning first North East Euro-seat

Richard Moss and Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage on a visit to the North East tells me why he's targeting Labour votes

With the smallest electorate and only three seats, the North East of England's Euro-constituency has always been a tough place for anyone other than the main Westminster political parties.

But it's a measure of UKIP's progress in the last few years that they are privately confident of taking one of those seats.

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Miners' Strike: Calls for amnesty and inquiry

Miners and police on a picket line
Miners and police on the picket line during the 1984 strike

Florence Anderson had always had respect for the law and the police.

But in 1985, she was convicted of threatening behaviour while on a picket line at Eppleton in County Durham during the Miners' Strike.

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North East missing out on TV and film production money

21 March 2014
Wolf from Wolfblood programme
CBBC programme Wolfblood is one of the few major dramas shot entirely in the North East

On the face of it this has been a good week for television in the North East of England.

BBC children's programme The Dumping Ground won a Royal Television Society award, beating fellow nominee Wolfblood. Both are shot entirely in the North East.

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Businessman in drive to cut north's youth unemployment

14 March 2014
Bill Marley and young workers in a factory
Bill Marley talks to some of the young recruits at the factory he's set up in County Durham

Bill Marley has spent more than 30 years working in manufacturing.

But his latest venture is less about making money and more about changing lives.

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About Richard

Richard is the political editor for the North East and Cumbria.

He has worked for the BBC since 1997, and has worked as a journalist in the region for 20 years.

He's interviewed three Prime Ministers and hundreds of other politicians, covering everything from parish councils to US presidential elections.

Richard grew up near Cockermouth in Cumbria, and now lives in the North East.

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