Can Osborne deliver on northern powerhouse pledge?
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.
But where do the Chancellor's plans leave a place like Middlesbrough that wouldn't be on that line?
The town was certainly a Victorian powerhouse - it was once known as Ironopolis. But today it has some of the highest levels of unemployment in the UK.
In the most recent figures, only Hull had a higher percentage of people on Jobseekers' Allowance.
The strange death of the Conservative working vote
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.
European Commissioner warning to North East on EU exit
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.
UKIP confident of winning first North East Euro-seat
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.
Miners' Strike: Calls for amnesty and inquiry
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.
North East missing out on TV and film production money
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.
Businessman in drive to cut north's youth unemployment
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.
Users warn EU e-cigarette controls could cost lives
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.
Councils set to defy government's tax freeze appeal
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.
Npower job cuts announcement fuels UK energy debate
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.