Local Politics

Ways to help tackle homelessness by encouraging Norwich people, including council tenants, to rent out spare rooms, are to be explored.

The reintroduction of public drinking fountains around Norwich has been given support.

Six Norwich city councillors have announced they will not be seeking re-election.

BMX stunts, a bicycle obstacle course, a treasure trail and tips on riding safely will all be on offer when Norwich hosts a one-day cycling bonanza.

Councillors have agreed to invest in new temporary accommodation to help homeless people in mid-Norfolk and keep families together.

Time is running out for people to have their say on the future of transport in Norwich.

Cameras could be trained on more of the city’s bus lanes, as the council looks to catch more motorists who drive into them.

A county council leader’s attack on Norfolk’s ‘also ran’ MPs was a cry for help, one of them said today.

Roads minister Jesse Norman was today left in no doubt what Norfolk wants when it comes to its main artery: Just Dual It!

‘Just Dual It!” - that will be the hard-hitting message from Norfolk today at the launch of a new campaign to put pressure on the government to pump millions more into the A47.

Young people across Norfolk have the chance to vote for their peers as the elections for the youth parliament get under way.

An anti-Brexit campaigner has warned that few parliamentary constituencies in Britain are more vulnerable to a hard Brexit than north Norfolk.

A Broadland councillor who was removed from the Broads Authority planning committee has been reinstated with immediate effect.

Plans for a new beach festival in Lowestoft which hopes to attract up to 20,000 people to the town while celebrating local and international culture have been given a boost.

Conservative headquarters have been asked to investigate whether the leader of Norfolk County Council brought his party into disrepute through his blistering criticism of Tory MPs.

A series of road safety improvements are to be made across the county, with more than £800,000 to be spent across more than 100 schemes.

Council bosses say it is too early to say what the financial implications are of a missed week of work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road due to the Beast from the East.

Homelessness could be tackled if more was done to encourage Norwich people, including council tenants, to rent out spare rooms, say Green councillors.

Suffolk issued the third highest amount of fines to parents for truancy and term-time holidays in the country during 2016-17, it has been revealed.

The difference in wages between men and women at Suffolk County Council is nearly 15pc according to new figures to be debated by the authority next week.

The leader of Norfolk County Council has said he will stand down if asked after making controversial comments in which he branded some of his own party’s MPs as “also-rans” who do not work hard enough to help the county.

A controversial outline planning proposal to build 78 new homes in Carlton Colville has been unanimously refused – much to the delight of concerned residents.

Tenants living in a basement with no light, housed in a garage with no fire escape and renting a flat with water dripping out of electric sockets.

The leader of Norfolk County Council has said he stands by extraordinary comments in which he branded some of his own party’s MPs as “also-rans” who do not work hard enough to help the county.

For decades, the future of Anglia Square has been a major discussion point, with previous attempts to redevelop the site falling flat.

Highways staff, farmers and contractors who went over and above during the recent snowstorms in Norfolk are to be recognised by Norfolk County Council.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has hit back at comments made this morning by Norwich County Council leader Cliff Jordan.

The leader of Norfolk County Council has attacked the region’s MPS, saying they need to “up their game” and “work a lot harder” - even claiming to have only met his own party chairman - Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis - once and to have never met Norwich MP Clive Lewis.

After decades of speculation and waiting, a planning application has been lodged for a major overhaul of one of Norwich’s eyesore sites.

A greyhound activist has responded to the apology issued by a Norwich City councillor for a rabies remark, claiming she has had no direct contact from the councillor.

A group of concerned residents have raised fears that a business’s plans to run a through-the-night alcohol delivery service in the heart of their community will cause “a constant disturbance”.

National Politics

Russian aggression has forced the UK and allies France, Germany and the United States to take a stand.

Firefighters were called to tackle a blaze at a home in Thetford.

The Government has signalled that 1p and 2p coins are unlikely to be scrapped after a consultation on their use concludes in June.

Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement was an attempt to rouse Britain’s confidence with the clear message: “Things are on track.”

The chancellor will today deliver his spring statement and declare “the end of austerity is in sight”.

A Norfolk MP has urged victims of domestic abuse to help shape new laws which could see offenders being banned from drinking alcohol and tagged.

MP and military historian Keith Simpson has called for Britain to take a tough stance with Russia after a double agent and his daughter were poisoned.

Norwich MP Chloe Smith has insisted the pressure is being kept up over the installation of a new swing bridge at Trowse - key to getting train services from Norwich to London in 90 minutes.

Jeremy Corbyn has slammed the decision to cut Norfolk’s Police and Community Support Officers calling them the “eyes and ears” of the force.

MPs have demanded “a lot more needs to be done” to ensure the crisis that hit the ambulance service during the festive period is never repeated.

Henry Bolton has been ousted as Ukip leader after party members backed a motion of no confidence in him.

The young voted overwhelmingly for the UK to stay in the European Union.

A shadow minister is urging the Government to rethink a “freeze” in police funding she claims will push the service beyond “breaking point”.

Norwich City Football Club’s ambition to be at the vanguard of bringing safe standing to Carrow Road is to be raised in Parliament, after one of the city’s MPs pledged to highlight the issue.

The MP for Great Yarmouth has been meeting women across Great Yarmouth to encourage them to get involved in politics and stand for public office ahead of the 100th year anniversary since Parliament gave women the right to vote.

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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