Local Politics

Jo Rust speaking at the Parliament Question Time style debate at Springwood High School. Picture: Ian Burt

If you believe most of what you read and hear then young people are not fantastically interested in politics.

Cabbell Park, current home of Cromer Town FC.

Photo by Mark Bullimore

Two key Cromer football clubs are putting past differences behind them and “looking to the future” as a public consultation begins on finding a new sports site for the town.

Gary Baker (far right) and other residents from Avocet Way in Bradwell have been told that must take their wheelie bins to a collection point rather than leaving them outside their homes.

Picture: James Bass

A borough-wide plan to change doorstep bin collections has been slammed by residents who will now have to drag their rubbish away from their homes.

The chancellor George Osborne during his visit to the East Anglian Air Ambulance's Norwich Airport operation. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Road and rail links to take several years claims George Osborne on trip to East Anglian Air Ambulance in Norwich

Houses in the Golden Triangle. Picture: Denise Bradley

A bid to curb the increase in the numbers of shared houses - often used by students - is being investigated by Norwich city council.

A green-energy developer is considering an appeal after planners today unanimously turned down his family firm’s application for a wind turbine in rural north Norfolk.

Ian Parker, who is running the children's services department's independent review into treatment of foster carers in Norfolk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY.

The chairman of an independent review into the treatment of Norfolk’s foster carers has said he is expecting a significant number to come forward with their concerns.

Diss Museum is reopened by Richard Bacon MP after their winter revamp.

Do you live in south Norfolk? Want to grill politicians on what matters most to you?

The smiling selfie that Lena Mamoun Abdel-gadir sent to her sister before she entered Syria.

The west Norfolk teenager believed to be in an area of Syria controlled by Islamic State (IS) is “doing what she believes is right”, according to a family friend.

The site of the former Cherryridge Poultry  business in Northrepps, pictured in 2006.

A development of 41 homes at Northrepps, near Cromer, is being recommended for approval today, despite strong objections from highways officials.

Architect Bernard Smith, left, and owner Steve McDermot with a model of the original plans for the Burlington Hotel. 

An application to make radical alterations to a key Victorian Sheringham building looks set to fail today.

Graham Jones

A frustrated member stormed out of an otherwise good-natured North Norfolk District Council meeting this evening, saying: “This is diabolical. I am ashamed of this authority.”

The golden mile in Great Yarmouth.  Picture: James Bass

A district council has agreed to pay their interim chief executive £995-a-day for another six months.

The old Police Station in Aylsham which is going to be redeveloped into shops and flats but there is local opposition. 


A former police station in Aylsham could be knocked down and transformed into a convenience store and flats if plans are approved.

County Hall, Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Sixteen children’s services workers were dismissed or asked to leave Norfolk County Council in the last two years.

Celebrating NewYears 2015 in Norwich, too many drinks of alcohol and this guy finds himself arrested after an altercation of fighting on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich.

New powers look set to be put into place which would help manage alcohol-fuelled crimes in Norwich.

The smiling selfie that Lena Mamoun Abdel-gadir sent to her sister before she entered Syria.

Privately educated at one of the area’s top schools, Lena Mamoun Abdel-Gadir went straight to medical school in the Sudan after achieving straight A and A* grades in her GCSEs.

Royal British Legion beneficiary and former submariner Keith Clarke, from Carbrooke, is currently forced to put his compensation payment towards social care costs. Photo: Mike Harrington

A potential policy change in how war veterans are charged for their social care support cannot come soon enough, according to a former serviceman who suffered life-changing injuries.

The smiling selfie that Lena Mamoun Abdel-gadir sent to her sister before she entered Syria.

The hunt is on for the teenage daughter of a well-respected King’s Lynn surgeon who was one of nine British medical students that fled to hospitals controlled by Islamic State in Syria to help wounded people.

The warehouse on Whiffler Road which could become an indoor trampoline park. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY.

Bosses behind what would be Norwich’s first trampoline park hope it will open by the summer – and pledged it will be safe.

A dog fouling sign at North Walsham Town FC.

A council has failed to tackle dog fouling, according to the district’s Labour Party.

A picture taken in 2005 at Liverpool Street Station when the then Lowestoft mayor Stephen Ardley travelled to London  to officially ‘escort’ the RPO back to Lowestoft.
At Liverpool Street the Brass Section of the RPO performed a special Marina Fanfare from the balcony - this was composed by Gareth Wood and later repeated at Lowestoft station. The score was later presented to the Marina and is on display in the theatre foyer. Picture: SUPPLIED

World-class conductors, soloists and musicians have enthralled audiences for a decade as a partnership between Lowestoft and the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been hailed as one of the most successful of its kind in the UK,

A new recycling centre could be needed for Norwich if a contract for the current Mile Cross recycling centre is not renewed. 
Photo: Bill Smith

Up to £3m could have to be spent on a new recycling centre in Norwich, with the contract at the Mile Cross tip due to expire.

Work to pedestrianise Westlegate in Norwich could start this time next year .
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The radical shake-up of how traffic flows around Norwich looks set to continue, with work to pedestrianise another city centre street and to ban cars from other roads potentially starting within 12 months.

Engine Road near Ten Mile Bank, near Downham Market, pictured after drought damage in 2011. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A fresh plea has been made to the government to hand over more than £14m to fix drought-damaged roads in the Fens.

Damp attacks the wall of a window. Norwich City Council hopes a new cartoon will help prevent its council tenants experiencing such problems.

Council bosses are to spend £10,000 on a cartoon showing tenants how to combat problems caused by damp in their homes.

Norwich Castle. Photo: Bill Smith

Burgeoning links between Norfolk and China could see ancient Asian archaeological treasures heading to Norwich’s Castle Museum.

James Berresford at the conference.

Suffolk’s tourism value now tops £1.8billion – and is not far behind Cornwall which earns £2bn a year from visitors.

The derelict former Kings Arms pub on Mile Cross Road. Photo: Steve Adams

People fed up with former Norwich pubs turning into eyesores after closing had the chance to air their grievances to a shadow minister.

Mobile phone coverage in Norfolk could be boosted.

A number of places in Norfolk where mobile phone coverage is so bad that users cannot even get an emergency signal could be set for a boost.

National Politics

Election guru and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Labour’s election gurus play down the UKIP and Green threat and explain why tea towels have been key to their campaign. Political editor Annabelle Dickson reports

Sky News handout photo of Labour leader Ed Miliband arriving for the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10, with Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4 Jay Hunt (left) and Head of Sky News John Ryley (right) at the Sky Studios in Osterley, west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 26, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Debate. Photo credit should read: Sky News/PA Wire

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It started with a whistle-stop exam for the Prime Minister. How many foodbanks? How many zero hours contracts are there? How much money has been borrowed?

Cameron and Miliband will both be grilled by Paxman tonight. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron and Ed Miliband will take part in the first of the general election television set pieces today as they face a grilling from veteran interviewer Jeremy Paxman.

Inflation figures reached a landmark yesterday. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Inflation figures reached a landmark yesterday, hitting zero for the first time since records began. Political editor Annabelle dickson reports

A farmer ploughing his fields at Ridlington.  PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Labour has accused the Government of burying its head in the sand over performance problems with a new computer system for farmers to claim EU subsidies online.

Prime Minister David Cameron Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Grassroots Conservatives will be consulted about a future coalition deal in the event of a hung parliament, the prime minister has said.

View of seagulls at Great Yarmouth beach. A menace for the Prime Minister?

David Cameron has revealed a run-in with a seagull in the “distant past” as cash was announced in the budget to tackle dive-bombing seagulls.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers his Budget statement to the House of Commons PA Wire

First time buyers, savers and voters in hard-fought constituencies were in the sights of the chancellor as he made his final budget outing of the parliament.

Labour leader Ed Miliband responds to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's Budget statement to the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 18, 2015. See PA story BUDGET Main. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Britain is walking tall, George Osborne said as he stood side on to the despatch box, almost slouching.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne with his Ministerial Box outside 11 Downing Street.

George Osborne made his final pitch to voters with a handout to savers and first time buyers as he declared Britain could finally “walk tall again”.

Day boats, sailing boats and cruisers moored at Ranworth Staithe on the Norfolk Broads.

Picture: James Bass

Pressure to make the Broads Authority an elected body will not go away, Broadland MP Keith Simpson has said, as time has run out this Parliament to change the law.

The current East Anglian Air Ambulances .
Photo by Simon Finlay.

A new lifesaving helicopter which would have room for the parent of an injured child will come to Norwich, the Chancellor will announce today when he is expected to hand £1.7m of banking fines to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Scenes from the emergency meeting about the Fakenham Town Centre fire, discussing the way forward for the town - MP Keith Simpson. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Today’s official parliamentary documents will announce Broadland MP Keith Simpson is to become a member of a group holding our security services to account. Political editor Annabelle Dickson reports

Norman Lamb MP. Picture: Ian Burt

A Norfolk MP and care minister has revealed how his son’s mental-health problems have helped shape his determination to improve services to deal with the issue.

Norman Lamb MP. Picture: Ian Burt

North Norfolk MP and care minister Norman Lamb has thanked people for the support his family has received at a “painful” time after revealing his son’s mental health struggles.

Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling visiting Kirkley Mill Health Centre, Lowestoft with Local MP Peter Aldous.

Magistrates’ courts could play a greater role in the criminal system in the future due to a rising number of cases coming before judges, the justice secretary said on a visit to Norfolk and Suffolk.

A Ukip candidate's rosette  Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The Conservatives have lost another Norfolk councillor to the UK Independence Party with a Broadland representative pledging to stand for the anti-European Union party in May’s local elections.

Keith Simpson, Broadland MP

Number 10 has announced Broadland MP Keith Simpson will join the Privy Council.

Norwich MP's Simon Wright and Chloe Smith outside Castle Mall. Photo: Steve Adams

As the general election draws nearer, candidates are finding innovative ways of paying for their politics.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous Picture: James Bass

It will be up to Norfolk and Suffolk’s local enterprise partnership to take forward plans for a third river crossing in Lowestoft, a transport minister has said.

East Anglian Ambulance Trust CEO Anthony Marsh. Photo: Steve Adams

Staff are working flat out amid “very substantial pressures”, ambulance boss Dr Anthony Marsh said as he met MPs in Westminster in the wake of historic missed targets and staffing problems at the beleaguered NHS Trust.

Brandon Lewis  Photo: Bill Smith

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has said Labour accusations he has used taxpayer funds for political work are “completely false”.

Clive Lewis. Labour party

Voters in Norwich South will today get the chance to grill their prospective candidates over the health service at a hustings involving the five main parties.

Lord Nash and Rachel de Souza, chief executive of the Inspiration Trust. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norfolk County Council has set in motion legal proceedings against the Government to halt its plans to turn the Hewett School into an academy.

Simon Wright outside Castle Mall. Photo: Steve Adams

Prime Minister David Cameron has defended Government moves to take over failing schools after Norwich MP Simon Wright raised concerns about plans to turn the Hewett School into an academy.

Elizabeth Truss MP, speaking at the Norfolk Farming Conference at the John Innes Conference Centre.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Norfolk MP and environment secretary Elizabeth Truss’ recent trade mission to China cost more than £34,000 it has emerged.

Norfolk Disabled People Against the Cuts resume their series of demos outside St Mary's House, Duke Street over disabled access.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Protestors took to the streets to show their anger that a Norwich disability assessment centre with no wheelchair access is still being used.

Aerial view of a street in Norwich. Picture: James Bass.

The votes of “generation rent” were in the sights of political party leaders as they sparred over who had the best policy to help under-40s priced out of the first-home market by soaring rents and housing shortages

George Freeman MP  Picture: Ian Burt

Labour has hit out at Norfolk MP George Freeman for claiming that prosecutions to enforce the minimum wage may only “satisfy the politics of envy”.

Former Prime Minister John Major at the Aquatics Centre, London.

The General Election is May is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent history. In the latest of her series looking back at some of the significant elections since the second world war, political editor Annabelle Dickson looks back at the 1992 election, when against all odds the Conservatives clung onto power under John Major.

The new vice chancellor of the UEA, David Richardson. Picture: Denise Bradley

Tuition fees would be capped at £6,000 under Labour, Ed Miliband has announced, sparking concerns some students will stay away from university this year to avoid the current £9,000 cap.

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