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Norfolk County Council. County Hall. Photo : Steve Adams

Personal details of some of the region’s most vulnerable people has been lost, misused or mistakenly shared in a string of blunders - including one where a council sold a filing cabinet which still contained confidential files.

The North Norwich and Broadland count at Norfolk Showground. Norwich North Conservative MP Chloe Smith. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

City Hall has been accused of snubbing MP Chloe Smith after her election victory was left out of the council’s official magazine.

Mark Pendlington(left), chair of New Anglia LEP with MP Chloe Smith and business leaders Caroline Williams, chief executive Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, Stuart Wright, Aviva property and facilities director and Angela Robson, deputy vice-chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts at the Great Eastern Main Line Task Force business case launch at Norwich Station.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Rail campaigners have pledged to put pressure on Network Rail to deliver on its promises – including allowing trains to travel from Norwich to London in 90 minutes – after it admitted it had been “overly optimistic” about what it could achieve in the next five years.

Mark Lloyd, chief executive of Cambridgeshire County Council.

The £190,000 chief executive of Cambridgeshire County Council has repaid the 20p a mile he claimed for using his cycle – including a two mile, 40p trip to Cambridge station.

Skeleton in an uncovered tomb.
The 18-week excavation of the site at St Annes Wharf, Norwich. The site, close to the river, has been a key area of activity since at least Saxon times. More recently, it has been occupied by a medieval Augustinian friary, which was dissolved in the 16th century. The site then passed to the Dukes of Norfolk, who built Howard House on the corner of King Street and Mountergate.

New light is being shone on a hugely significant part of the city’s history, as archaeologists excavate parts of a medieval friary which once rivalled Norwich Cathedral.

Anna Graves, joint chief executive of Breckland District Council and South Holland District Council

Changes to a number of senior positions at two district authorities are set to take place after a shared management model was laid out to council staff.

Traffic lights in Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn are likely to be affected by tomorrow's County Hall shut-down. Pic: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Drivers have been warned they could face delays tomorrow when a computer which controls signal timings is switched off.

The speed camera on Dereham Road, Norwich covering the traffic going away from the city. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The number of motorists caught speeding in Norfolk has soared, new figures show.

Norwich City Hall. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

New powers to limit the opening of new bars and clubs in the centre of Norwich’s clubbing district have been approved.

Brandon Relief Road map

Details of a proposed development to bring a relief road and 1,650 homes to Brandon have been revealed after plans were entered.

Environmental rangers turned scooper-heroes across Great Yarmouth to remind pet owners to clear up after their pets

A team of ‘scooper-heroes’ have been pounding the pavements in a borough-wide crime crackdown.

Mark Hardingham - Suffolk chief fire officer

Major changes could be made to Suffolk Fire Service as it works out how to cut a further £1m from its annual budget by the end of the financial year 2017/18.

Lena Mamoun

A west Norfolk teenager who travelled to war-torn Syria in the spring is working at a hospital near the Turkish border, according to her family.

Norman Lamb at The Forum in Norwich to launch his Lib Dem leadership bid. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Liberal Democrats are investigating allegations that two members of Norman Lamb’s leadership campaign team breached party rules.

Russell Brand speaks at the End Austerity Now rally in Parliament Square, London. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Students from the University of East Anglia joined protesters in a national anti-austerity march through the streets of London on Saturday.

Emergency services at the scene of a crash in Norwich.

The toll of people seriously hurt in crashes and accidents on Norwich’s roads increased by a fifth in the space of a year, new figures have revealed.

Site of The Old Shoemakers pub at Earlham West Centre.

New life could finally be breathed into the site of a former Norwich pub, a decade after pints were pulled for the last time.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, who has questioned plans for a solar farm near Trowse.

Developers behind a proposed solar farm on the edge of Norwich have put forward new plans for access to the site, after controversy over lorries rolling through villages.

caister village sign
photo:rob allanson

A drive has started to bring the community heart back to Caister after plans were launched to build a new village hall.

Police deal with an incident in Prince of Wales Road in Norwich.

A make or break decision on whether to bring in powers to limit the opening of new bars and clubs in the area around Norwich’s Prince of Wales Road will be taken within days.

Norfolk County Councillor Toby Coke. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Parish councils across Norfolk have been urged to stake their claim for part of a £300,000 pot of cash to make their communities safer.

Campaigners are heading to London at the weekend for an anti-austerity march. Pictured are (from left) Reece Cox, Bill Cox, Mia West, Dave Cox, Linda Cox, Les Thurlow and Dave Dennis. Picture: Ian Burt

They will be travelling from King’s Lynn to London tomorrow to join a mass protest against austerity measures.

UKIP's Glenn Tingle. 
Photo: Paul Hewitt

The UK Independence Party has set its sights on winning a seat on Norwich City Council, after emergency meetings this week saw the two city branches merged.

The City of Norwich viewed from the River Wensum. Picture: Denise Bradley

The ideas of people in Norwich will be crucial to helping to breathe new life into the River Wensum, according to leaders of a project which aims to boost its profile and usage.

Fly tipping nex to the railway line in Lakenham, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

People living near a city railway line have hit out at the fly-tippers who have turned the area into a dumping ground.

Michael Rosen, the new executive director of children's services at Norfolk County Council.

A new head has been appointed to lead Norfolk’s troubled children’s services department.

Changes to Norwich City Council's parking permits for visitors have sparked controversy - and a petition. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Controversial changes to visitor parking permits in Norwich will come into force over the next few weeks - but almost 2,000 people have signed a petition urging the city council to think again.

Could John Bracey be Norfolk's oldest councillor? 
At 91 - he's just been re-elected at Sprowston Town Council for another 4 years.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

It is often bemoaned that politicians are getting younger and have no experience of life in wider society.

County councillor Roger Smith, who warned Norfolk County Council's Digital Norfolk Ambition project is a

A £26m project to transform Norfolk County Council’s information technology system has been branded as a “looming catastrophe”, after delays and problems sent it £1.25m over budget.

Views from the top of Blakeney village church tower of the surrounding countryside and villages. 


Extending the right-to-buy scheme to housing associations could “ruin the work of generations” who have fought to ensure people in Norfolk are able to live in the villages in which they were brought up, council leaders have warned.

Former Norfolk county councillor Deborah Gihawi, whose resignation triggered a by-election. Photo: Steve Adams

A date has been fixed for a by-election which was triggered after a Labour county councillor resigned.

National Politics

George Osborne at the Norwich Railway Station. Picture: Denise Bradley

Expectations were high before the election.

Rail improvement plans have been thrown into disarray after infrastructure company Network Rail (NR) admitted it had been “overly optimistic” about completing a five-year, £38 billion plan.

Prime Minister David Cameron (centre) poses for selfies as he welcomes the Start-Up Britain campaign Routemaster bus to Downing Street, London. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

David Cameron is hoping to kick-start formal talks on reform of Britain’s membership of the European Union, as he addresses leaders of the 28-nation bloc at a summit in Brussels.

The A47 Acle straight which runs between the village of Acle and Great Yarmouth for about 8 miles.

Picture: James Bass

Dualling the A47 will be a “very big job”, the highways boss in charge of the project has said amid calls to speed up construction.

L toR
Marion Fallon, Mick Hardy, Sarah Day and Andy Day who joined a disability rights protest in Westminster and watched as part of the group tried to get into the House of Commons chamber

Norwich disability protesters watched on as police clashed with fellow campaigners who tried to get into the House of Commons chamber during Prime Ministers’ Questions.

Housing benefit will be removed from 18 to 21-year-old's on Jobseekers' Allowance.

A drive to create a fairer Britain and improve lives or a policy with devastating consequences? Billions of pounds of welfare cuts will be made in the emergency budget next month. Political editor Annabelle Dickson asks what is in store, and what impact it could have.

Labour Party supporters cheer during unsucessful election campaign. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Labour failed to win the argument over the economy, some members admit.

A47 Alliance chairman Roger Foulger. Photo: Steve Adams

A five year delay until diggers are in the ground on the A47 is not good enough, MPs in the region have said.

Jesse Stuhr (left) from Glasgow, celebrates the polls closing in the  Scottish Referendum, in George Square, Glasgow. Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Sixteen-year-olds should have the vote - but not in the European Union referendum, Chloe Smith has said.

Prime Minister David Cameron and acting Labour party leader Harriet Harman walk from the House of commons to the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Labour headquarters were not listening enough to activists on the ground in East Anglia, stand-in leader Harriet Harman has admitted.

Lord Dannatt. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire.

The Government’s spending on the armed forces has come under heavy fire from a string of former service chiefs in the House of Lords.

Ben Bradshaw. Photo: Nick Butcher.

Former Thorpe St Andrew High School student Ben Bradshaw is among the five candidates nominated by MPs to stand to be the deputy leader of the Labour Party.

Businessman Theodore Agnew at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy.

Picture: James Bass

The chairman of the academy chain behind a number of Norfolk and Suffolk schools has followed former education secretary Michael Gove into his new department.

Baroness Patricia Hollis in the Council Chamber at City Hall after she was presented with the Freedom of the City award. Photo: Denise Bradley Copy: Shaun Lowthorpe For: EDP/EN Archant Norfolk pics © 2007 (01603) 772434

The former leader of Norwich City Council has accused the Treasury of a “simple-minded alpha-male obsession with size” when it comes to pulling power away from Whitehall to the regions.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis delivering his maiden speech

Norwich MP Clive Lewis has stood by his decision not to meet the academy chain set to take over the Hewett School before he attacked it in his maiden speech.

Elizabeth Truss MP and George Freeman MP at the Queen Adelaide level crossing close to the Ely North junction. Picture: Ian Burt

Vital investment which would allow more trains to run between King’s Lynn and London, and from East Anglia into the Midlands, could be delayed amid a review called by the Department for Transport.

Screen grab of Norwich MP Clive Lewis delivering his maiden speech

The Inspiration Trust - the academy chain poised to take over the Hewett School - has been accused of wanting to take £60m of land from the people of Norwich, by the new Labour MP for the city, who has launched a ferocious attack.

Prime Minister David Cameron with Conservative Waveney MP Peter Aldous looking over the Bascule bridge in Lowestoft.

David Cameron has not closed the door on Government ministers campaigning on opposing sides in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership, Downing Street has insisted.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Tony Blair is to take on a new role combating anti-Semitism after announcing he is stepping down as the Quartet’s Middle East envoy.

Norman Lamb. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb used his leadership bid launch today to pay tribute to Charles Kennedy.

Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a series of theft from shops in Norwich.

Police want to speak to a man in connection with a spate of thefts in Norwich.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy who died at his home aged 55.

Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace, London, as the royal procession makes its way along The Mall ahead of the State Opening of Parliament. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 27, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Speech. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

David Cameron said he aims to ensure the recovery reaches every part of the country – including the East of England – as the Queen delivered his One Nation agenda for the coming parliament.

The Broads. Picture: James Bass

There was no mention of direct elections to the authorities which run England’s national parks in the Queen’s Speech – despite the idea being mooted a year ago.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh (right) during the State Opening of Parliament, in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London.  Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

A law change to give local politicians the final say over onshore windfarms and measures to ban rises in income tax, VAT or national insurance over the next five years are at the heart of the first Conservative-only Queen’s Speech in almost two decades, unveiled amid lavish ceremony at Westminster.

Queen Elizabeth II sits alongside the Duke of Edinburgh before she delivers her speech in the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 4, 2014. See PA story POLITICS Speech. Photo credit should read: Ray Collins/The Sun/PA Wire

From a vote to decide whether we stay in the European Union to a new Bill of Rights, Political Editor Annabelle Dickson looks at what could be in David Cameron’s first Queen’s Speech as the head of a majority government.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: Neil Hall/PA Wire

Illegal workers will be stripped of their earnings under “radical” new laws to control immigration being unveiled by David Cameron.

Ben Bradshaw MP attending the Terrence Higgins Trust auction held in aid of the HIV and AIDS at charity Christie's in London. ... Terrence Higgins Trust Auction - London ... 12-03-2015 ... London ... UK ... Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire. Unique Reference No. 22481772 ... Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Higgins. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has confirmed he is to stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage during filming of the BBC1 programme Question Time, in Uxbridge. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Nigel Farage has dismissed a bitter row over his leadership of Ukip as “people letting off steam”, insisting a leadership contest would be a “massive, massive mistake”.

File photo dated 22/10/2013 of David Prior. Photo: PA/PA Wire

Former North Norfolk MP David Prior has become a health minister in David Cameron’s new government.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron will announce plans to fast-track new powers to tackle radicalisation today as he declares Britain must confront “head-on the poisonous Islamist extremist ideology”.

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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