Blog Profile / Richard Moss

Filed Under:Local Interest / England
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Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Life left in 30-year-old Pacer trains

They are 30 years old, they were supposed to be temporary, and yet northern rail passengers find themselves rattling along inside them on a regular basis. They are Pacer trains, introduced on to our railways in the 1980s as a quick fix for the lack of rolling stock. Show More Summary

Labour and the Green Party threat

In the not too dim and distant past the Green Party was sometimes dismissed as all beards and sandals - a bit like the Liberal Democrats but without MPs. That latter fact is no longer true, and I'm sure the Greens would say the beards...Show More Summary

North East poll backs local powers

A new BBC poll suggests people in the North East are the strongest supporters of handing more power to local areas in England. The survey carried out by ComRes indicates that 85% of people in the region favour handing powers over tax,...Show More Summary

English devolution - the options

The fall-out from the Scottish referendum has ignited a debate on English devolution. But how might it happen? Firstly - what are the options? 1) English Parliament - Scotland has one, and Northern Ireland and Wales has assemblies, so...Show More Summary

Push for city powers poses questions

I was given a glimpse of the future this week, but it wasn't flying cars or teleportation. Instead it was seven councillors in a room making decisions. I know that doesn't sound very new or very Star Trek, but trust me it could be the...Show More Summary

Northern Tories and Scottish powers

North East Conservatives are not an endangered species as such, but they are a select bunch, and their MPs are even thinner on the ground. There are two in the region at the moment - Stockton South's James Wharton and Hexham's Guy Opperman. Few...Show More Summary

State nurseries 'withering on vine'

They are a hugely successful part of our school system - yet the government has been accused of letting local education authority nursery schools "wither on the vine". More than 60 have closed over the last decade, and a recent survey...Show More Summary

Northern England waits on Scot vote

With the result on a knife-edge, the people of the North East and Cumbria are waking up to the possibility that what may have seemed a symbolic border with Scotland could soon become a real one. The border counties of England have plenty...Show More Summary

Breast cancer drug stand-off warning

The decision that breast cancer drug Kadcyla wouldn't be available routinely on the NHS understandably hit the headlines on TV, radio and in the press. It seemed to pitch drug giant Roche against the National Institute for Health and...Show More Summary

Osborne's 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...Show More Summary

Inside a northern Conservative club

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. Yet it does have a thriving...Show More Summary

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...Show More Summary

UKIP hopeful of North East Euro win

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...Show More Summary

Campaign for Miners' Strike 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. It's a crime the miner's wife...Show More Summary

Lights, camera but not much action

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...Show More Summary

Tackling 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. Two years ago the County Durham businessman bought a derelict factory in Peterlee, and...Show More Summary

Users attack EU e-cigarette controls

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...Show More Summary

Councils to defy 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. Darlington is one of those...Show More Summary

Npower job cuts fuel 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. So the...Show More Summary

Scotland vote focuses northern minds

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. There are...Show More Summary

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