Newcastle City Council

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    Video caption: Newcastle Hotspur Primary bans vehicles from drop-off area

    Some parents welcomed the move but others worry it will take longer to get their children to class.

  2. Newcastle a 'positive endorsement' for Labour

    Labour continues to hold a healthy majority on Newcastle City Council, with 51 of its 78 seats.

    Leader Nick Kemp described it as "incredibly positive news".

    He said: "I think our manifesto is quite clear in its approach [and] I think we're seeing an increase in majority in wards that we've held previously.

    "It's a positive endorsement of the Labour Party in Newcastle."

    Newcastle Civic Centre

    However the Lib Dems now have 21 seats and the party's leader Nick Cott said it was "going in the right direction".

    "We are in business, we will take control of this council," he said.

    "We are putting measures in place so that we can get there in the next few years."

  3. Labour holds on in the North East

    Richard Moss

    Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    There was never much to gain for Labour in an area where they remain a dominant electoral force, but they will at least be encouraged that losses were more limited than in previous years.

    Their challenge though now is to begin to claw back previous losses, particularly in Sunderland.

    The party started the night perilously perched in that authority - having lost 19 seats in the last two elections, they were just six more defeats from losing overall control.

    In the end, even if they didn't begin to claw seats back, they at least stopped the rot. One seat fell to the Lib Dems, but the Conservatives failed to make any gains.

    And crucially council leader Graeme Miller (pictured below) held on despite a Tory campaign which even featured a visit by Boris Johnson to his Washington ward.

    The Conservatives did win a Labour seat in North Tyneside, but also lost one - their group leader Sean Brockbank the casualty.

    As he had called for the Prime Minister to resign over Partygate, he may well feel pretty sore.

    Labour did suffer in South Tyneside as they lost four seats for the second year in a row.

    They remain firmly in control but the Green Party continue to build a bridgehead, doubling their representation to six councillors.

    Graeme Miller celebrates
  4. Newcastle's O2 to undergo major revamp

    The O2 Academy in Newcastle is set to reopen in October with a new name after a major revamp.

    The venue, now known as NX Newcastle, is on the city's Westgate Road and the relaunch is expected to create about 100 jobs.

    All the staff at the new venue will be trained as part of Shout Up! which is a Newcastle City Council-backed scheme to eliminate sexual harassment from the city's night-time economy.

    The new-look space will accommodate 2,095 people on club nights, and 1,600 during live music gigs.

    Electric Group co-founder and CEO Dominic Madden said: "We're hugely excited to provide a 21st century venue for the city that nurtures emerging creative talent as well as forming a major stop on the international tours of the highest calibre - today's biggest music acts and DJs."

    NX Newcastle music venue
    Image caption: Artist impression of NX Newcastle music venue which is set to open in October