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shoppers in England are set to take home six billion fewer single-use plastic bags this year as a result of the 5p charge, early figures suggest.  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The dividend of Britain’s plastic bag-free revolution is unveiled today with figures which show billions fewer carriers are being used, with millions of pounds going to charity.

Work on the Northern Distributor Road. Picture: Mike Page

Work on the £178.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road and changes to part of the Postwick Hub junction will bring fresh disruption to drivers next week.

Mayor of Lowestoft Nick Webb at the unveiling of a commemorative Victoria Cross stone in Lowestoft in memory of Claude Castleton. Picture: James Bass

A Labour mayor has stunned his party by resigning the whip in protest at the way the party operates both nationally and in Waveney.

Google Street view of Duke Street, Norwich

Almost 40 new homes could be built in Norwich if proposals to demolish a former car showroom get the green light.

Pointers East development

A bid to re-draw the boundary between two villages has fallen at the first hurdle, after borough councillors decided a 500-plus signature petition was not valid.

Finkelgate which is to close for eight weeks from the 1st August, despite having just been resurfaced. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Drivers are facing weeks of disruption on Norwich’s ring road and at a key junction, as the major-shake up of how traffic uses the city centre continues.

Trowse Sports Hall.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A proposal to demolish a multi-use games area (Muga) and build a new one behind the YMCA building in Trowse, near Norwich, has been approved, despite objections.

An architect's drawing of the 2.5-storey home planned on Howard's Hill, Cromer, by Russell Wright

Plans for a contemporary house with a viewing tower, described by opponents as a “second Cromer lighthouse,” have been given the go-ahead.

The Thickthorn roundabout at the junction of the A11 and the A47. Picture: Denise Bradley

Highways bosses say problems with the traffic lights at the Thickthorn roundabout have been fixed, but drivers still found themselves stuck in jams stretching back to Wymondham this evening.

Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

A district authority which has failed to hit regional house building targets in each of the last ten years insists the tide is turning.

Kett's Park in a Wymondham Picture by: Sonya Duncan

New Wymondham Town Council offices could be built at Kett’s Park, it can be revealed.

A sign for the ancient Peddars Way. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A farm owner has won planning permission for four units to house pigs on their site despite concerns about the effect of increased traffic on an ancient pathway.

Village sign and church in Old Catton. Photo: Bill Smith.

Blueprints which aim to guide how three communities with thousands of residents grow in the years to come have been rubber-stamped by councillors.

The Primark store at the Haymarket, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Controversial proposals to partly demolish and rebuild Norwich’s city centre Primark store have been revised in the hope of addressing concerns about the plans.

Cliff Jordan

The leader of Norfolk County Council has reiterated he believes the public has a “right to know” how the authority rates the county’s schools - even though his own council is trying to overturn a decision ruling the information should be released.

The proposed housing development site on School Road, Heacham. Picture: Ian Burt

The planning inquiry held into a controversial development in Heacham cost West Norfolk Council more than £60,000, it has been revealed.

The Hollies car park, Downham Market. Picture: Ian Burt

The controversial saga of car parking charges possibly being introduced in Downham Market continues as the town council is preparing to call an extraordinary meeting to approve the next stage of the process.

Amir, right and Mohammed, refugees from Syria, play in front of a barbed-wire fence on the Macedonian border, in Idomeni, Greece. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Fifty Syrian refugees are to be given sanctuary in Norfolk, after councillors overwhelmingly agreed the county should offer homes for those fleeing civil war.

Harold Bodmer, executive director of Norfolk County Council's adult social services department, has died.

The sudden death of Norfolk County Council’s director of adult social services has “ripped the heart” out of the authority, according to a former County Hall leader.

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Town leaders who are keen to show their solidarity with its migrant community in the wake of the EU referendum are planning an event to celebrate its diverse cultural background.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith.

A Norwich MP has told Parliament that the city needs to get a good deal as the UK starts the process of leaving the European Union.

Syrian refugee sisters play near their family's tent at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Norfolk is to offer a home to 50 Syrian refugees - after county councillors agreed to take part in the government’s scheme,

County councillor Steve Morphew. Picture: Denise Bradley

A call for extra information on the thorny issue of a devolution proposals for the Eastern region to be circulated to Norfolk homes has been rejected.

Syrian families embark a bus,  transferring them to the western coastal Greek town of Kyllini, from the Athens port of Piraeus, Thursday, March 31, 2016. Hundreds of Syrian refugees began leaving the port after translators provided by the government convinced them to be transferred to camps that would provide safe and clean living conditions. More than 50,000 migrants remain stranded in Greece following border restrictions and closures by Austria and Balkan nations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Councillors will vote on Monday to decide whether to rehome 50 Syrian refugees in the county after approving the move in principle.

Cranswick Country Foods in Watton. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Plans to remove up to 20 streetlights from outside a busy factory car park, which councillors argued could put lives at risk, have been dropped.

Norfolk Original Andreas Yiasimi on Cromer Pier.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Cromer Town Council revealed its affairs have been called into question after it emerged one of its members had faced legal action for non-payment of council tax.

An image showing what the planned new Cromer doctors surgery at Cabbell Park will look like. Picture: MEDCENTRES

Double yellow lines to be painted on Mill Road to pave way for new development.

The cast of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Picture: SUBMITTED

A row has broken out between councillors in Cromer over the decision to allow a local arts group free use of the town council’s headquarters for a special production of a traditional tale familiar to generations of children.

The UK voted 52pc to 48pc to leave the EU

Thursday marks four weeks since Britain went to the ballot box to vote on staying or leaving the European Union.

Marcus Ball.

A crowdfunding campaign which aims to prosecute “dishonest” Brexit politicians has received almost £90,000 in donations.

Norwich people show their support for the owners of the fire attacked Village Shop in Magdalen Street. 
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

A strong message that hate crime in Norwich is not acceptable has been sent by city leaders, in the wake of the attack on a Romanian shop.

National Politics

South Holland leader Gary Porter.

Breckland Council is proposing a tie up with South Holland District Council.

For Ian Clarke.

Brexit must not be allowed to block billions of pounds worth of EU regeneration funding, English councils have warned.

Jack Richards & Sons MD Peter Brown at the depot in Fakenham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Hauliers need to promote a more diverse workforce to plug a potential 100,000 shortfall in truck drivers next year, MPs have said.

A computer-generated image of how the Sizewell complex will look after construction of Sizewell C.

Construction of Sizewell C – now a step closer following agreement yesterday for the financial investment for Hinkley Point C – would boost Suffolk’s economy by £1bn over a decade, it was claimed last night.

Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich MP Clive Lewis has said working with other parties is “essential” to beat the Conservatives.

Fifty, Twenty, Ten, and Five pound notes. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The UK economy picked up pace in the run-up to the Brexit vote thanks to the strongest performance from industrial production since 1999.

Chloe Smith hosted the 17th Norwich Scout Troop to learn more about life as an MP. They had a surprise visit to 10 Downing Street too

Scouts from Norwich visited the home of the Queen and the prime minister during a visit to London.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Norwich South MP and Clive Lewis.

Jeremy Corbyn is unlikely to make Norwich a priority in his campaign to remain as Labour leader, and he should head to Brexit-backing areas in the north and Great Yarmouth, backer Clive Lewis has said.

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman. Photo : Steve Adams

Norfolk MP George Freeman has been given a job shaping policy for new prime minister Theresa May as chairman of her policy board. As a backbencher in 2013 he made the following suggestions in a report co-authored with fellow MP Kwasi Kwarteng.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has admitted it “hurt” him to abstain on the Parliamentary vote over Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system, given his long-standing opposition to the weapons system.

Elizabeth Truss. Pic: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The credentials of Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss to serve as lord chancellor have been questioned by two members of the House of Lords.

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman. Photo : Steve Adams

Three more of the region’s MPs have new roles, as prime minister Theresa May continues her government reshuffle.

Boris Johnson arrives in Downing Street, central London, after new Prime Minister Theresa May, accepted Queen Elizabeth II's  invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Theresa May put leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson in one of the key offices of state in a clear attempt to unify her party just hours after she moved into Number 10.

Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, after she secured her place as the UK's second female prime minister through the surprise withdrawal of her only rival in the battle to succeed David Cameron. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 11, 2016. Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom offered Mrs May her

Over the coming hours and days, ambitious MPs and ministers will be checking their phones as Theresa May starts to pick her top team. Political editor annabelle dickson looks at the promotion and demotion prospects of the MPs in our region.

Prime Minister David Cameron at Archant newsroom ahead of the EU referendum. 
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David Cameron quipped he would get the diggers out himself on the A47 when he visited Norwich last year.

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during his last Prime Minister's Questions, flanked by Theresa May, in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

The woman who is set to be our next prime minister is no stranger to the region.

Annabelle Dickson

Annabelle Dickson

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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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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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