Local Politics

Families living in a Norwich apartment block have told of their fear after they discovered it had failed fire cladding safety tests following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The possible location for a new village in Norfolk has been revealed, ahead of the public being asked for their views on where 8,900 homes should be built over the next 20 years.

An apartment block in Norwich is said to be among scores of high and mid-rise buildings across the country which have now failed fire cladding safety tests after the Grenfell Tower disaster, it has emerged.

A fresh wave of cuts to services for people across Norfolk is looming, after bosses at Norfolk County Council signalled they need to save almost £125m over the next four years.

An anti-fraud taskforce working across three Suffolk authorities has stopped more than £4.3million of public money being lost to fraud in the last 12 months, latest figures have shown.

A once in a lifetime proposal to bolster sea defences at Bacton Gas Terminal and nearby villages, Bacton and Walcott, is set to be discussed at North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) next cabinet meeting.

Exit packages worth nearly £2.8m were paid to 191 Norfolk County Council workers who were made redundant last year, figures have revealed.

Norman Lamb will not stand for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats because of a split with the party over Brexit.

More than 12,000 new homes have been built in the last five years in Norfolk. Will we get the GP surgeries and schools too?

A new village could be created in Norfolk as council bosses and leaders try to figure out where almost 9,000 new homes should be built.

A Conservative councillor has resigned from the ruling administration at North Norfolk District Council - citing concerns over her party’s leadership.

Talks over how millions of pounds are being added to the bill for the Norwich Northern Distributor Road will take place today - behind closed doors.

Education and health were supposed to be among the flagship proposals of this Queen’s Speech.

There is now a “high risk” of a “significant” hike in the cost of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road, councillors have confirmed - but they remain tight-lipped about just how many millions could be added to the bill.

Businesses and lobbying groups are renewing their call for clarity on Brexit following the much-anticipated Queen’s Speech.

Campaigners battling to stop an industrial estate from being built on field on the edge of Norwich have won their fight.

MP Chloe Smith has been given assurances that Norwich’s tower blocks are safe in the wake of the devastating Grenfell fire.

Watchdogs have returned to assess the quality of services provided to vulnerable young people in Norfolk.

Planners are poised to approve a nightclub-to-homes conversion on Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile.

Norfolk County Council officials have sent their condolences to the victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

A former Norwich MP has called on the developers behind plans for Anglia Square to seize the opportunity to create something special to draw tourists to the city.

This Queen’s Speech is significant in ways above and beyond the usual pomp of the State Opening of Parliament.

A new company designed to generate cash for Norfolk County Council by building and selling homes on its land is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Government has intervened in a controversial Suffolk planning saga involving hundreds of homes, potential aircraft emergencies and an application submitted by the leader of a district council.

Empty council buildings could be turned into homes for young people leaving care in Norfolk.

Breckland Council has won a prestigious national prize, which recognises excellence in local authorities that use collaboration and commercialism to create income from their property assets.

The number of days older people have been stuck in hospital while waiting for social care packages to be sorted so they can leave has soared.

Proposals for a 100 new homes at a Dereham industrial estate could become more likely after councillors lifted restrictions.

A council has launched a new campaign to address the 450 school governor vacancies that exist across Suffolk.

There have been hundreds of data protection breaches at our councils in the last two years, including information sent to the wrong people, being lost or even stolen.

National Politics

I will not be standing to become the next Liberal Democrat leader.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb knows his first opponent in the Liberal Democrats’ leadership race should he stand.

Breckland Council has invited George Freeman to discuss its partnership with Capita, which runs its building control process, in more detail after the Mid Norfolk MP added his “deep concerns” about the authority’s handling of recent planning applications.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has set off a social media storm in response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Suffolk’s probation services have been accused of failing to rehabilitate potentially dangerous offenders leaving victims at risk – particularly in cases of domestic abuse and children.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb is among the front-runners to become leader of the Liberal Democrats after the shock resignation of Tim Farron.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has won a new role in government.

Organisers of the annual LGBT pride event in Norwich have protested at the influence of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) by saying their community “may be under threat”.

Victorious Norwich South MP Clive Lewis, who more than doubled his majority last week, has defended calling a fellow Labour MP a “sad, lonely, bitter man”.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has attacked the Conservative election campaign, labelling it “woeful”.

New chief secretary to the treasury Elizabeth Truss has dismissed claims she suffered a demotion in the prime minister’s post-election reshuffle.

Farming leaders said new environment secretary Michael Gove must “understand and articulate” the needs of East Anglia’s agricultural community during a pivotal time for the sector.

The prime minister will begin the week with a seal of approval from the region’s Conservative MPs, after a tumultuous weekend which saw mounting calls for her resignation.

A Norfolk MP has been given a new role in the prime minister’s cabinet reshuffle, while another, though in the same job, will now attend cabinet meetings.

More two thirds of readers think Theresa May should resign as prime minister after the Conservatives lost its majority in parliament following Thursday’s general election.

Richard Porritt

Richard Porritt

Political Editor



Richard is our Political Editor and works both in the Norwich and Westminster offices. He scrutinises our region’s members of parliament and holds them to account on your behalf while also reporting on wider national politics.

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Annabelle Dickson

Dan Grimmer

Public Affairs Correspondent



Dan is the public affairs correspondent for the EDP. That means he reports on what local councils and our elected councillors get up to. The decisions they make can have a massive impact on our lives and it is Dan's job to scrutinise their actions.

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