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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

Miners' Strike: Calls for amnesty and inquiry

7 April 2014
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.

It's a crime the miner's wife says she didn't commit.

Instead what she remembers are unnecessary violence and lies.

Belated justice

She said: "Two of the officers had a hold of me and punched me into the van. It was the same when we got out, just punching us out of the van.

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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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Users warn EU e-cigarette controls could cost lives

27 February 2014
Woman smoking an electronic cigarette
E-cigarettes are an increasingly popular alternative way of getting a nicotine hit

Supporters say electronic cigarettes are saving thousands of lives, detractors believe they could be dangerous and are making smoking seem sexy.

But following a decision in the European Parliament their availability will be restricted in the future.

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Councils set to defy government's tax freeze appeal

10 January 2014
Council tax bill
The government says it's providing money to help freeze council tax

The government has promised a council tax freeze - but many local authorities don't appear ready to deliver it.

A number of northern councils in particular say they simply can't afford to leave bills unchanged.

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Npower job cuts announcement fuels UK energy debate

29 November 2013
N Power generic bill
NPower has come under fire for raising bills and now cutting jobs

Npower's announcement that it was shedding 1,400 jobs across the UK has fanned the flames of Britain's energy debate again.

Labour has been putting the boot into energy suppliers for months now for overcharging and profiteering.

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Scotland independence vote prompts northern power games

27 November 2013
Union Jack and Scottish Saltire
The Scottish independence vote is causing debate south of the border too

Nobody in the north-east of England will have a vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum.

But be in no doubt that many in the English region closest to the border are keeping an eye on their northern neighbours.

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BBC poll: Crime commissioners still lack public profile

14 November 2013
Woman tries to identify a picture of Durham police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg
Not many people in Durham city centre recognised their police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg

Their reigns started with more of a whimper than a bang.

A confused and disinterested public largely stayed at home last November as the country's police and crime commissioners were elected with a turnout of around 15%.

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Durham research finds loan companies "preying on poor"

18 October 2013
Eleanor Eamens
Eleanor Eamens took out a £100 doorstep loan but ended up owing £4,000

Eleanor Eamens started off borrowing £100 from a doorstep lender to help with the cost of Christmas.

Soon she ended up with six separate loans, owing the lender £4,000.

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Reshuffles fail to bring North East MPs to the fore

11 October 2013
Labour cabinet in 1998
Labour's cabinet in 1998 included North East MPs such as Nick Brown (front left) and Peter Mandelson and Mo Mowlam (front right)

There was a time when some said the UK government was run by a "Geordie mafia".

And Tony Blair's cabinets were certainly dominated by politicians based in the North East constituencies close to his Sedgefield seat.

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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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