Local Politics

An £18m link road to ease congestion around Attleborough is another step closer after a Norfolk County Council (NCC) committee agreed to investigate loaning money for the project.

Changes to the way activities for disabled children in Norfolk are funded will give parents more choice, council chiefs insist.

European Union nationals living in Norfolk have voiced their fears about their status in the UK as the country moves closer to Brexit.

Tens of thousands of anti-Brexit demonstrators fell silent at Parliament Square in tribute to the victims of the Westminster attack this afternoon.

As the parties of old get set to battle it out in this year’s local elections, Britain’s newest political party is aiming to gain a foothold in a coastal town.

A Christian Labour MP has told of how he was stabbed by a Muslim constituent in 2010 - and how he believes the shared values of all faith groups are important in politics and society.

The organisers of south Norfolk’s Big Litter Pick are hoping this year’s event will be bigger than ever.

While the sun shone down on the shrimp boats, there could be rough seas ahead for King’s Lynn’s fishing fleet and what few vessels still manage to steer their way through the murky waters of EU fisheries policy.

With extra scrutiny placed on services for children in Norfolk, through this newspaper’s Fighting For Their Futures campaign, we asked all 17 councillors on the County Council’s children’s services committee questions about the department and its future.

Cyclists have today defended themselves against criticism for not using Norwich’s multi-million pound network of cycle lanes.

The whole vast spectrum of people who live, work or even go to school in Dereham need to contribute to the town’s vision for its future development, said MP George Freeman at a ‘summit’ this evening.

Norfolk County Council’s top officer has taken a leading role in trying to improve children’s services in the region.

Shoppers can nominate their favourite independent shops, eateries and salons for the first time in this year’s South Norfolk Independent Retailer Awards.

A desperately-needed link road to the south of Attleborough could go ahead if the county council agrees to lend £18m to development promotion company.

King’s Lynn has been showing is solidarity with victims of the Westminster terror attack.

The leader of the UKIP and Independent Group at Norfolk County Council has resigned.

A long-running wind farm debate in north Norfolk is set to be dragged out further after a council announced plans to appeal against a decision made by the Planning Inspectorate.

A parking war has broken out in Great Yarmouth after controversial plans to impose all year round fees along the seafront were discussed at a heated meeting.

The crucial role of Norwich’s parks in keeping people healthy could help save them from cuts in the future.

Fears that a lack of volunteers could force the closure of one of the best skateparks in north Norfolk have been allayed after the community jumped on board a public appeal to save it.

The number of affordable homes built in our region has plunged to a record low - at a time when thousands of people are crying out for a roof over their heads.

The state pension age should increase to 68 by 2039 and the triple lock guarantee should be scrapped during the next Parliament, an independent review recommends.

Council leaders and an MP are calling on the people of Dereham to help shape the market town’s most important document for a generation.

Plans are being made to build 60 new homes in the village of Great Ellingham - but not everyone is happy about it.

Holiday hotspots along the east coast could go the same way as Pontins in Hemsby as borough council tax hikes hit home.

A vision for nine new houses on a site next to Chapel Road Primary School in Attleborough has been unveiled.

More homes need to be built in Norwich because more than 5,000 people and families are in need of affordable housing, council leaders have warned.

High traffic levels, the state of our roads and the impact of new housing developments on local infrastructure are the issues most urgently needing attention in Mid Norfolk, a survey has found.

These maps show how in some parts of Norfolk the most and least deprived neighbourhoods are separated by a single road.

A group set up to kick start economic growth in the region has accused an MP, who reported them to a government spending watchdog, of making “wholly inaccurate and defamatory” suggestions about it.

Almost £400,000 could be spent to refurbish and replace tennis courts in four of Norwich’s parks.

National Politics

Nigel Farage’s barnstorming victory speech the day after the European Union referendum result will seem like a long time ago for many UK Independence Party members.

One of the region’s UK Independence Party MEPs has said he feels “very bereft” by the resignation of the party’s group leader on Norfolk County Council.

A letter from the headteachers of hundreds of Norfolk’s primary and secondary schools warning of an “imminent” funding crisis has been raised in parliament.

Our way of life can and should prevail, the Norfolk MP in charge of Britain’s policing has said in the aftermath of the brutal attack on Westminster.

The new Ukip leader spoke to a crowd of supporters in Great Yarmouth.

James Cleverly paid an emotional tribute to his friend PC Keith Palmer who was killed in the grounds of Houses of Parliament and made a call for posthumous recognition.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous has expressed defiance following the attack on Westminster, saying terrorists should not be allowed to undermine our democracy.

“We are not afraid, our hearts are with you”. This was the simple message next to flowers by the police cordon which sealed off the vast crime scene which Westminster has become.

’Decisions on school spending will no longer be driven by what is best for our children but rather what we can afford’.

The pensions minister has sparked an angry response after claiming he finds it hard to believe that 1950s-born women could have planned for retirement at 60 without checking that was when they would get their state pension.

East Anglian MPs have signed a cross-party letter criticising the BBC’s Brexit coverage.

Former Tory Cabinet minister Norman Tebbit said he hopes Martin McGuinness is “parked in a particularly hot and unpleasant corner of hell for the rest of eternity”.

Car insurance premiums would go up for everyone if a Lowestoft teenager’s plea for a £1,200 cap for young people went ahead, insurance giant Aviva has claimed.

An education minister has warned teachers school exclusions must be a last resort amid new figures which show a steep rise in the county.

Theresa May has announced March 29 is the day she will trigger Article 50 - the formal process for leaving the European Union.

Annabelle Dickson

Annabelle Dickson

Political Editor



Annabelle is based in the Houses of Parliament and writes about how decisions being made in Westminster affect our region.

Annabelle covers debates in both houses and the work of select committees, as well as Government announcements.

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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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