National Politics

Dr Dan Poulter speaking in Parliament

Energy giant E.ON and pensioner charity Age UK have a “moral obligation” to recompense energy users who appear to have paid hundreds of pounds too much last year, a Suffolk MP has said.

Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

David Cameron has pledged an additional £1.2 billion to support refugees fleeing Syria’s brutal civil war as world leaders gather in London for talks on the crisis.

Warnings of housing shortfall. But homes have been built in recent years. An aerial pic of Queens Hills housing estate development, Costessey

Norfolk and Suffolk had 7,000 fewer homes than it needed last year - and could face a 28,000 home shortfall by 2026, new figures have revealed.

British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media after an EU summit in Brussels on Friday,  (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

As the blueprint for a new deal between the UK and the European Union is published, has Political Editor Annabelle Dickson looks at what it is and gauges the reaction

The official opening of the newly-refurbished King's Lynn Bus Station. Pictured is council leader Nick Daubney. Picture: Ian Burt

Norfolk and Suffolk leaders have called for more detail from central government about what devolution could mean for the area amid a report from a cross-party group of MPs criticising a lack of public engagement.

The Union flag behind the European Union flag Tim Ireland/PA Wire

A draft deal aimed at meeting David Cameron’s European Union reform demands has been unveiled.

Nicky Morgan  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire will not be forgotten in the national drive to bring teachers to struggling areas, Nicky Morgan has said.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Yui Mok/PA Wire

The race to be the next Conservative leader must not come down to a battle between two white men, Nicky Morgan has said.

The Goats for Votes initiative at the UEA as students meet and pet goats to encourage higher numbers of student voter registration. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An estimated 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register since the new system of individual sign-ups was introduced, according to Labour.

Prime Minister David Cameron (right) meets with European Council president Donald Tusk on Sunday January 31. Photo: Toby Melville/PA Wire

A day of “intensive” negotiations over EU reforms is getting under way as David Cameron battles with Brussels to secure a reform package in time for an early in/out referendum.

Baroness Shephard of Northwold - deputy chairman of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA

The life prospects of the poorest children in parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and the Fens are among the worst in the country, new research has shown.

George Nobbs(pictured), leader of the council says control over flood defences is being considered as part of a devolutiond deal. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Local leaders could seek more power over flood defence decisions and spending as part of a devolution deal with the government.

Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Scottish nationalists have rounded on Norwich MP Clive Lewis over his “insensitive” comments about the oil and gas industry.

The A1101 road at Welney is currently under water and closed for access. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss has hailed a Somerset scheme which is set to see £15 added to local tax bills to fund flood defences. Political editor annabelle dickson asks if we should be considering something similar.

Oil and Gas platform

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to build a bridge to the future for those involved it the oil and gas industry.

Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett in the control room at Wymondham HQ. Photo: Bill Smith

Norfolk’s fire service call handlers are set to join their police counterparts in Wymondham under plans for a joint control room.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith. Picture: Antony Kelly

Not considering online voting is almost immoral, a Norwich MP has said amid calls for the innovation to be introduced in time for the next general election.

Home secretary to press ahead with blue light merger plans

Fire chiefs with no experience of fighting crime could head police forces in a drive to increase collaboration between emergency services.

Norman Lamb (Lib Dem) arrives at the Norfolk North Parliamentary Constituency General Election 2015 count at North Walsham Sports Hall, The verification of votes is well underway with nearly all of the ballot boxes back and being sorted before the count. 


The boss of Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust has insisted the service is safe after “deeply distressing” data showing the highest number of “unexpected deaths” in the country.

Local government Secretary Greg Clark will make the final decision on devolution - will he tell the region's councillors that they have to be more ambitious?

An overture from Norfolk and Suffolk to join forces to win more power from Westminster has been rejected by Cambridgeshire’s leaders.

Lowestoft Magistrates Court.

Picture: James Bass

Almost £1m has been spent on maintenance and improvements at two Suffolk courts earmarked for closure.

Annie Walker, who was given contaminated blood in a transfusion in the 1970s. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A victim of the contaminated blood scandal who has been told she has just one or two months to live has today spoken of her anger that she will never receive compensation.

Health minister Jane Ellison speaks in the House of Commons, London, during a Commons debate which could see Britain become the first country in the world to permit the creation of IVF babies with DNA from three different people. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 3, 2015. MPs will have a free vote at the end of the 90-minute debate on a controversial amendment to the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. See PA story HEALTH Mitochondrial. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

A long-awaited blueprint of support for the victims of contaminated blood has been set out by a health minister today.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell Yui Mok/PA Wire

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell is set to bring his over-subscribed economics tour to East Anglia in March.

A gas rig on the east coast near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
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The oil and gas industry is fighting for its very existence on the UK continental shelf with thousands of livelihoods on the line, Waveney MP Peter Aldous has warned making a radical plea for tax cuts.

Early voters at Angel Road Junior School, Norwich. Labour candidate for Norwich North Jess Asato before voting.Photo: Steve Adams

The inquest into Labour’s general election defeat must be digested with an open mind, a former candidate has said.

Dave Hill of Essex County Council who has been brought in as a commissioner for Norfolk children's services

Norfolk needs more help to attract top quality social workers and must put in a strong bid for a slice of a new £100m fund, MPs from the county have said.

Artists impression of Norwich Aviation Academy

A seven-point plan to turn young aeroplane enthusiasts into the aviation workforce of the future has been launched in parliament.

RAF Mildenhall is due to close in four years.

The RAF airbase at Mildenhall and Barnham will be sold off and turned into housing, a defence minister has said.

Phil Webster Re. Election film Picture - David Bebber

Former EDP journalist Philip Webster – described by peers as one of the most well-regarded political journalists of his generation – retired this week after a 43 year career at The Times. Political editor ANNABELLE DICKSON looks back on a career which begun in East Anglia

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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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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