I think everyone of us will be wishing Peterlee Mag Darren White all of the best in his Fans2recovery from his train accident right now. Darren’s accident happened on his way to White Hart Lane for the game on Sunday.

Reading the press reports it appears Darren has been really badly injured but that there is every possibility of a good recovery and we obviously hope to hear about Darren back following United as soon as possible.

All of the very, very best to Darren as well as his friends and family from everyone at true faith.


The first North East People’s Assembly, attended by 500 people, was such a resounding PeoplesAssembly1success that the whole thing is happening once again.

The 2nd North East People’s Assembly on Saturday 1st November is continuing the work of building a broader and more powerful anti-austerity movement.

Beth Farhat, Northern TUC Secretary and one of the keynote speakers says, “The North East People’s Assembly is building a grassroots movement taking action to protect our lives, our living standards, our rights, and our future.”

The event is being held at Northern Stage on Saturday 1 November with 3 main slogans: No More Austerity, Save our NHS, Stand up for Education. There will be 2 main rallies, 10 workshop sessions and a people’s variety show in the evening with comedy, music and much more.

Alternatives to Austerity will be discussed by top economists James Meadway of New Economics Foundation and Andrew Fisher, author of ‘The Failed Experiment’.

People’s March for the NHS organiser Joanna Adams will be joined by Dr David Wrigley of Keep Our NHS Public and Newcastle Unison health branch secretary Linda Hobson to consider how we can Save our NHS.

And NUT Deputy General Secretary Kevin Courtney, together with local Green Party activist William Pinkney-Baird will be arguing that we need to Stand Up For Education.

Other workshop sessions taking place include: ‘Cuts, Climate Change and the Environment’; ‘Women, Austerity and Resistance’; ‘Racism, lmmigration and Ukip’; ‘Cut War not Welfare’, and ‘Art, Austerity and Protest’.

Craig Johnston, RMT regional secretary: “It is only in forums like this that we can build alternatives.”

Keynote speakers also include: Judith Kirton-Darling (Labour MEP for North East), Amelia Womack (Deputy Leader, Green Party), Rehana Azam (co-organiser of People’s March for the NHS and GMB National Officer), Fazia Hussain-Brown (Unite regional organiser), Kevin McHugh (PCS deputy president) and Laura Picock (Show Racism the Red Card).

The evening’s People’s Variety Show will take place in the evening and all set to perform here will be: comedian Steffan Peddie (one of the stars of BBC 2 sitcom Hebburn); Mike Milligan (local north-eastern stand-up, TV and radio performer); Dawn Furness, the FabulousOperaSinger and political cabaret star; Pete Scott (singer/songwriter with lyrical, observational and comedic talent to burn), poet, comedian & broadcaster Kate Fox and the superb local band Peculiar Disco Moves.

Tony Bengtsson, musician and Green Party activist says: “I first went along to the North East Peoples’ Assembly in 2013 because I felt like many others that austerity and extreme cuts to public services were not only intensely unfair but unjustified. It was my first experience of politics and being around hundreds of people who felt the same way I did reaffirmed my opinion and was a fantastic feeling.”

What a day! What a night!

The North East People’s Assembly will bring together a wide range of people to share ideas, raise awareness and plan the resistance. As Lee Hall, Newcastle-born writer of ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘The Pitmen Painters’, put it in the powerful piece he wrote for last year’s event: ‘In order to fight back we need to start talking to each other. That is why the People’s Assembly is important. It is a place where we must conspire to demand something better. To make sure the redistribution starts going the other way. Yes, it’s an enormous task, but we’ve got to start somewhere. So I send my support and say to you: Be brave. Get organised. Every single one of you can make a difference.’

Tony Dowling, NUT activist & chair of North East People’s Assembly says, “We need to end austerity now! It doesn’t work! It is unjust, immoral and undemocratic! No more cuts! Stop making the poorest pay for the bankers’ mistakes! Stop lining the pockets of the rich! There IS an alternative… And our People’s Assemblies are where we will join together to fight the cuts and set out that alternative. JOIN US!”