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From polling chaos in Newcastle to guillotined candidates - what happens when elections go bad

From punch ups to pink buses and private insults made public, no general election race to the polls goes by without its fair share of gaffes and howlers.

Here are a few occasions that the best laid plans of mice and campaign coordinators have been left poll-axed.

Nobody’s ...

yesterday 08:55 open_in_new
From polling chaos in Newcastle to guillotined candidates - what happens when elections go bad

From punch ups to pink buses and private insults made public, no general election race to the polls goes by without its fair share of gaffes and howlers.

Here are a few occasions that the best laid plans of mice and campaign coordinators have been left poll-axed.

Nobody’s ...

yesterday 08:55 open_in_new
UB40 Grandslam concert: When is it and how do I get tickets?

Reggae stars UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, are heading to the region.

Darlington Mowden Park has announced the music legends will appear with special guests at the Northern Echo Arena on Sunday, May 28, as part of the band’s summer Grandslam UK Tour. ...

2017-05-16 17:53 open_in_new
UB40 Grandslam concert: When is it and how do I get tickets?

Reggae stars UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, are heading to the region.

Darlington Mowden Park has announced the music legends will appear with special guests at the Northern Echo Arena on Sunday, May 28, as part of the band’s summer Grandslam UK Tour.

UB40, ...

2017-05-16 17:53 open_in_new
Firefighters rescue 12-week-old kitten stuck in wall of Durham home

A 12-week-old kitten had a lucky escape after she was trapped inside a wall for three days.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) was called to a house in Durham on Wednesday after a resident reported hearing meowing inside her home.

Firefighters spent two and ...

2017-05-16 10:07 open_in_new
Firefighters rescue 12-week-old kitten stuck in wall of Durham home

A 12-week-old kitten had a lucky escape after she was trapped inside a wall for three days.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) was called to a house in Durham on Wednesday after a resident reported hearing meowing inside her home.

Firefighters spent two and ...

2017-05-16 10:07 open_in_new
Tories play down talk of an election breakthrough in the North East

Conservative chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin has accused Labour of taking North East voters for granted.

But he played down suggestions that Conservatives are on course to make an historic breakthrough in the region - saying: “We are not making any predictions about the ...

2017-05-16 07:55 open_in_new
Tories play down talk of an election breakthrough in the North East

Conservative chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin has accused Labour of taking North East voters for granted.

But he played down suggestions that Conservatives are on course to make an historic breakthrough in the region - saying: “We are not making any predictions about the ...

2017-05-16 07:55 open_in_new
'Mega Hiker' takes on 118-mile charity challenge from Doncaster to Newcastle

One-man walking machine Phillip Hartley has completed his latest charity trek in Tyneside.

The full time fundraiser made his way from his hometown Doncaster to Newcastle over six days, arriving in the early hours of Thursday.

In the last day, the 33-year-old walked from Darlington ...

2017-05-14 13:57 open_in_new
'Mega Hiker' takes on 118-mile charity challenge from Doncaster to Newcastle

One-man walking machine Phillip Hartley has completed his latest charity trek in Tyneside.

The full time fundraiser made his way from his hometown Doncaster to Newcastle over six days, arriving in the early hours of Thursday.

In the last day, the 33-year-old walked from Darlington ...

2017-05-14 13:57 open_in_new
Eddy Eats enjoys Sunday lunch at The Keys in Darlington - did it unlock his taste buds?

Real ale fans who live in Darlington will tell you one of the County Durham town’s best hostelries is the Quakerhouse in Mechanics Yard.

Our friends call it simply the Quakers and on my occasional trips to there have sampled a fair few choice ales.

Sadly, it doesn’t do Sunday ...

2017-05-13 13:43 open_in_new
Eddy Eats enjoys Sunday lunch at The Keys in Darlington - did it unlock his taste buds?

Real ale fans who live in Darlington will tell you one of the County Durham town’s best hostelries is the Quakerhouse in Mechanics Yard.

Our friends call it simply the Quakers and on my occasional trips to there have sampled a fair few choice ales.

Sadly, it doesn’t do Sunday ...

2017-05-13 13:43 open_in_new
The seats the Tories are targeting in the Labour-dominated North East at the General Election

The Tories would need just 8,000 extra votes to win a seat on Tyneside, figures reveal.

While in County Durham less than a 10% swing from the Conservatives to Labour would see Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield and Darlington turn blue.

A list of 150 ‘Tory target’ seats which the ...

2017-05-10 14:01 open_in_new
The seats the Tories are targeting in the Labour-dominated North East at the General Election

The Tories would need just 8,000 extra votes to win a seat on Tyneside, figures reveal.

While in County Durham less than a 10% swing from the Conservatives to Labour would see Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield and Darlington turn blue.

A list of 150 ‘Tory target’ seats which the ...

2017-05-10 12:53 open_in_new
Race For Life 2017: Newcastle and North East dates and how you can enter the fund-raising runs

Women have been putting their best foot forward in aid of Race for Life now since 1994 - and they show no sign of slowing down.

The event - the largest women-only fund-raiser around - is the biggest joint fight waged against cancer in the UK.

It has seen millions of runners raise ...

2017-05-08 20:07 open_in_new
Race For Life 2017: Newcastle and North East dates and how you can enter the fund-raising runs

Women have been putting their best foot forward in aid of Race for Life now since 1994 - and they show no sign of slowing down.

The event - the largest women-only fund-raiser around - is the biggest joint fight waged against cancer in the UK.

It has seen millions of runners raise ...

2017-05-08 20:07 open_in_new
Race For Life 2017: Newcastle and North East dates and how you can enter the fund-raising runs

Women have been putting their best foot forward in aid of Race for Life now since 1994 - and they show no sign of slowing down.

The event - the largest women-only fund-raiser around - is the biggest joint fight waged against cancer in the UK.

It has seen millions of runners raise ...

2017-05-08 19:01 open_in_new
Race For Life 2017: Newcastle and North East dates and how you can enter the fund-raising runs

Women have been putting their best foot forward in aid of Race for Life now since 1994 - and they show no sign of slowing down.

The event - the largest women-only fund-raiser around - is the biggest joint fight waged against cancer in the UK.

It has seen millions of runners raise ...

2017-05-08 19:01 open_in_new
Why this North East superhero fanatic owes his life to a Batman vest

Superhero fan little Hasnath Siddiquey owes his life to Batman.

When the little lad was waiting for a heart transplant he had a special ‘Batman vest’ made which helped keep him alive.

Nearly two years on and Hasnath has proved his true strength after battling the odds.

And ...

2017-05-07 07:45 open_in_new
Why this North East superhero fanatic owes his life to a Batman vest

Superhero fan little Hasnath Siddiquey owes his life to Batman.

When the little lad was waiting for a heart transplant he had a special ‘Batman vest’ made which helped keep him alive.

Nearly two years on and Hasnath has proved his true strength after battling the odds.

And ...

2017-05-07 07:45 open_in_new
Shame of overseas patients who have landed our North East hospitals with a £300,000 bill

Overseas patients have left North East hospital trusts with unpaid bills of more than £300,000, new figures show.

Patients who were not entitled to free treatment on the health service owed £313,492,04 by February this year.

It comes after a group of MPs urged the ...

2017-05-06 12:59 open_in_new