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South Shields MP hits out at changes to her constituency

South Shields Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck has added her voice to concerns at the controversial planned shake-up of South Tyneside’s electoral boundaries.

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South Tyneside Council fears rent arrears will rise

£3m rent arrears fears in South Tyneside

South Tyneside Council is facing a £3m housing rent shortfall as thousands of tenants fight a cost of living crisis.

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The new Jarrow constituency

Councillors set for a battle against boundary changes

Two prominent South Tyneside councillors have come out fighting against planned boundary changes that would fundamentally alter the fabric of the borough’s Parliamentary constituencies.

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Work and Pensions secretary David Gauke addresses the Work and Pensions Committee at the House of Commons in London.

South Shields MP calls for rethink on Universal Credit roll-out

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has urged the government to halt the roll-out of the controversial new benefit Universal Credit.

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Work and Pensions secretary David Gauke speaks during the Work and Pensions Committee at the House of Commons in London.

Universal Credit helpline to be switched to freephone number

Charges of up to 55p a minute for calls to a Universal Credit helpline are to be scrapped, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has announced.

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South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck.

How South Tyneside’s political map could change under new proposals

South Tyneside’s two parliamentary constituencies are set to expand – with thousands of voters switching seats - despite local opposition to national reform proposals.

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South Tyneside pupils take lead role in democracy story

South Tyneside pupils take lead role in democracy story

Youngsters took a step into a mythical world when they were taken on a tour of South Shields Town Hall.

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Will you be affected by the benefits changes?

Universal Credit - all you need to know about the government's flagship welfare reform

The rollout of the government’s controversial Universal Credit benefit system has started - but it's fair to say it’s not going down particularly well.

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Margaret Thatcher was briefed on Sex Pistols for Smash Hits interview - to lift public image with young people

Margaret Thatcher was briefed on The Sex Pistols ahead of an interview with teen pop magazine Smash Hits and warned: "You may not enjoy this."

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The consultation deadline is looming for  three areas of services run by South Tyneside District Hospital

Deadline looms in South Tyneside hospital shake-up plan

The deadline is looming for people in South Tyneside to make their views known over a plan to shake up hospital services in the borough.

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Rodney Bickerstaffe, former general secretary of Unison, pictured in 2000.

North East miners' leader pays tribute to former Unison boss Rodney Bickerstaffe

The former general secretary of Unison Rodney Bickerstaffe has died at the age of 72.
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Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Stephen Hepburn MP: Jeremy Corbyn looks and sounds like a premier-in-waiting

A Labour Prime Minister in Jeremy Corbyn would save our NHS from Tory PM Theresa May destroying what we all hold so dear.

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South Tyneside Council's housing management arm has evicted only one tenant in the last year from Hebburn.

Council tax cuts proposed for care leavers in South Tyneside

Care leavers might be able to save cash on their council tax bill until they get to the age of 25 if new proposals get the go ahead.

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South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck needs operation after fall following 'speech on clumsiness' at Labour Party conference

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has thanked NHS staff and announced she needs surgery after a fall at the Labour Party conference.
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Student swamped with orders for Jeremy Corbyn Toby Jug launched to help pay university fees

A Labour-supporting university student has launched a Jeremy Corbyn Toby Jug - securing 50 orders within 24 hours.
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Sir Vince Cable. Picture by PA

'We're not just Ukip in reverse' - Sir Vince Cable calls for wealth taxes at Lib Dem party conference

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has called for wealth taxes, as he insisted his party is not just "Ukip in reverse", caring only about Brexit.

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Almost one in four new benefit claimants not paid within six weeks

Almost one in four new benefit claimants not paid within six weeks

Ministers are under fresh pressure to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit after new figures showed around one in four new claimants wait longer than six weeks to be paid.

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It is hoped an inquiry would look at how the A19 can be made safer.

MP vows to overcome road blocks in campaign for safer A19

The MP leading the fight for A19 safety improvements has said he will not give up until the Government relents and takes up his call for improvements.

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European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker

Gazette readers hit back at EU chief over Brexit

Voters in South Tyneside have hit back at an EU chief who claimed Britain will soon regret voting for Brexit.

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The scene of a crash on the A19 near Seaham last month, which involved six vehicles.

A19 ‘not dangerous enough’ to receive road safety funding, say transport chiefs

Funding to make the A19 safer will not be allocated by the Government - because it is not dangerous enough.

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