Richard Moss, Political editor, North East & Cumbria

Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

This is the home of my irreverent - but hopefully insightful - northern take on reporting politics for Look North and Sunday Politics

Northern Tories look to party for devolution answers

  • 26 September 2014
  • From the section England
Scottish Saltire and English St George's flag flying side-by-side
The promise of greater powers for Scotland has caused concern in England

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 in number then, but uniquely placed to tell the rest of the party how the north is feeling about the fall-out from the Scottish referendum.

They are after all from the region closest to the border.

English matters

Both then have been keen to comment on the future for both Scottish and English devolution following the referendum no vote.

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Ministers accused of letting nurseries 'wither on vine'

  • 15 September 2014
  • From the section England
Children and staff in nursery school
Oxclose Nursery School in Washington is one of a number of council nurseries with an outstanding record

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 by an early years campaign group suggested only 12% of the 418 state-funded nurseries that survive were optimistic about their future.

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Northern England waits for Scottish independence vote

  • 12 September 2014
  • From the section England
Flags

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 in common with their northern neighbours.

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Breast cancer drug stand-off "not helping patients"

  • 13 August 2014
  • From the section England
Pharmaceutical production line
The breast cancer drug Kadcyla rolls off the production line

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 Care Excellence (NICE), the group which decides what treatments the health service can afford.

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Can Osborne deliver on northern powerhouse pledge?

  • 27 June 2014
  • From the section England
George Osborne
George Osborne has spoken about creating a northern powerhouse

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.

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The strange death of the Conservative working vote

  • 13 June 2014
  • From the section England
Conservative club members in Seaham playing and watching snooker
Conservative club members in Seaham are keen on snooker but not so impressed by the current party leadership

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.

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European Commissioner warning to North East on EU exit

  • 4 May 2014
  • From the section England
Johannes Hahn
EU regional policy commissioner Johannes Hahn says grants have helped create thousands of jobs

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.

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UKIP confident of winning first North East Euro-seat

  • 1 May 2014
  • From the section England
Richard Moss and Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage on a visit to the North East tells me why he's targeting Labour votes

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.

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Miners' Strike: Calls for amnesty and inquiry

  • 7 April 2014
  • From the section England
Miners and police on a picket line
Miners and police on the picket line during the 1984 strike

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.

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North East missing out on TV and film production money

  • 21 March 2014
  • From the section England
Wolf from Wolfblood programme
CBBC programme Wolfblood is one of the few major dramas shot entirely in the North East

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.

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About Richard

Richard is the political editor for the North East and Cumbria.

He has worked for the BBC since 1997, and has worked as a journalist in the region for 20 years.

He's interviewed three Prime Ministers and hundreds of other politicians, covering everything from parish councils to US presidential elections.

Richard grew up near Cockermouth in Cumbria, and now lives in the North East.

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