Local Politics

Rob Courtnell and Lisa Boxell moved to their house in Winterton a few weeks ago and decided to turn the garden into a haven fro Lisa's two daughters Kiera and Evie.

As part of that they built a treehouse at the end of their footpath. But they have been told by the council that they have to take it down because it is dangerous.

A couple have slammed council bosses for their “harsh” approach after they were ordered to take down their handmade treehouse.

Horning staithe. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

It’s a curious tale which has divided a picturesque Broads village – with large plant pots at its heart.

New Mayor Tim Adams with deputy mayor Tim Bartlett

A young councillor has stepped into the shoes of former mayor Tony Nash.

Alan Wilson on Barnham Cross Common with one of his horses.

A man who has grazed horses on a common for more than 40 years is facing having his current crop slaughtered after a council was forced to bring environmental law into action.

Annie Claussen-Reynolds, chairman of North Norfolk District Council 2015-2016. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

Politics runs in the family for North Norfolk District Council’s new chairman, Annie Claussen-Reynolds.

Joe Mooney outside one of the seven wonders of Wymondham, The Abbey.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

It was a room of new faces this week in Wymondham, as the newly elected council took to their seats for the first time.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council elections 2015.
Local ward votes being counted for the Great Yarmouth borough.
Graham Plant.

Picture: James Bass

A new leader has been elected to steer Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

County Hall, Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Council bosses have admitted assessments for some of Norfolk’s most vulnerable children have been hit by delays - after an attempt to ease the pressure on social workers went wrong.

Clive Lewis taking the Norwich South vote . Photo: Steve Adams

A party leadership contest, archaic rules to learn and regional colleagues to meet - political editor Annabelle Dickson talks to our newest MP as he gets to grips with his new job.

John Fox, the new Mayor of Downham Market.

John Fox outlines his priorities, with the town’s car parks among the issues at the top of the list.

County councillor Toby Coke, who says the Saddlebow site will not be sold.

The Norfolk site where an incinerator was due to be built will not be sold, council leaders have insisted, but scotched rumours it is because it could yet become home to a burner.

George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council.

Labour’s George Nobbs was re-elected as leader of Norfolk County Council on Monday morning.

Tombland in Norwich. Work is due to start on Monday to make major changes to the road. Photo : Steve Adams

The first day of roadworks on a major road in Norwich this morning led to gridlock in the city centre.

Andy Burnham appearing on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show. Photo: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Labour leadership ballot papers will be issued by the Electoral Reform Society so unions cannot try to skew the votes of their members, Harriet Harman is to say.

The count at South Norfolk

The leader of South Norfolk Council says his authority will focus on improving broadband, building a bypass for Long Stratton, investing in infrastructure and boosting the economy of market towns such as Diss and Wymondham.

Waveney election count at Water Lane leisure centre, Lowestoft.

Waveney’s Liberal Democrats admitted they were “hammered” in Waveney’s parliamentary and local council elections – and hit out at the national party’s targeting strategy for damaging their vote in the area.

Robin Linda Goreham 2012

Glowing tributes have been paid to outgoing mayor Tim Birt who lost his seat on Dereham Town Council in a shock election result.

The village of Winterton on Sea on the East Coast of Norfolk.

Picture: James Bass

Hundreds of extra homes look set to be built in our leafy villages with the borough’s building target for new properties hiked by more than 1,000.

Howard House, King Street, which is part of the development of new apartments. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Work to restore one of Norwich’s most significant historic buildings will have to be completed before people can move into hundreds of new homes nearby.

Robert Kybird

A former district council chairman who lost his seat in last week’s election will serve another year in chains after being elected as mayor in his hometown.

Norwich Castle gardens.

It is time for major cities in England to take control of their own affairs, the Chancellor is set to declare today.

Mark Bee has submitted his letter of resignation.

Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee has formally handed in his resignation as head of the authority in advance of next week’s annual council meeting.

The A1101 at Welney, which regularly closes due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt

Education bosses, who will decide whether a Fens school will shut, have been urged to think carefully about where uprooted pupils would go - to stop them facing a 25 mile detour because of a road which floods for months at a time.

Norfolk County Council's headquarters at Martineau Lane. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Assurances have been sought that cash in a £144m programme of improvements to almost 70 schools across Norfolk is being fairly shared out.

The North Norwich and Broadland count at Norfolk Showground.

Results for several town and parish council elections are still be to announced after counting was postponed until today.

Alan Waters, the new leader of the Labour group at Norwich City Council.

A new leader has been elected to take the helm of the Labour group at Norwich City Council, after a leadership contest was settled.

Bridge building over the weekend at the Postwick Interchange on the A47. Photo : Mike Page

The A47 on the edge of Norwich will not have to close next weekend, after the final beams for a bridge over the road were hoisted into place.

SW Norfolk Conservative candidate Elizabeth Truss is all smiles as she regains her seat. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Elizabeth Truss will stay put as environment secretary, the Prime Minister has announced.
The Norfolk MP, who was promoted last year, is among a number of David Cameron’s top team to have remained in post following the General Election.

Norfolk County Council started the multi-agency review in March to look at historical complaints relating to alleged unfair treatment of foster carers.

A review into allegations that Norfolk foster carers were unfairly treated is being extended, to allow more people to come forward.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband had high hopes of taking seats in East Anglia - but Norwich South and Cambridge were the only ones which saw Labour victories. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The route to power for Labour runs through the East, Ed Miliband delcared at his party’s conference in Manchester.

The count starts at Long Stratton Leisure Centre for South Norfolk Council

A round-up of all the district election results across Norfolk

National Politics

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.

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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”.

Norman Lamb. Photo: Mark Bullimore

North Norfolk always comes first, MP Norman Lamb said as he threw his hat into the Liberal Democrat leadership contest ring.

SW Norfolk Conservative candidate Elizabeth Truss is all smiles as she regains her seat. Picture: Matthew Usher.

David Cameron will continue appointing his new team today, with newly-returned East Anglian MPs tipped for promotion.

Newly-elected Liberal Democrat North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb at the North Norfolk District Council election. Picture: PAUL DAMEN

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb will decide if he will run for Liberal Democrat leader by today after the party’s electoral catastrophe in the General Election.

The North Norwich and Broadland count at Norfolk Showground. Norwich North Conservative MP Chloe Smith.

After contesting three elections in just six years, Norwich North MP Chloe Smith could be forgiven for wanting to put her feet up for while.

Clive Lewis taking the Norwich South vote . Photo: Steve Adams

Norwich’s new MP has vowed to be an outspoken voice for the city, declaring it will be a “tale of two cities” with Labour ruling the south and the Conservatives holding the north of Norwich.

(Left to right) Prime Minister David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. Photos: PA

David Cameron came out top in a snap poll following the last major TV event of the election campaign - but the majority of viewers said it would not change their mind on polling day.

One of the Royal Navy's Trident-class nuclear submarines

It would be “irresponsible folly” for the next Government not to renew Trident, a group of former defence and security chiefs have warned.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council Elections 2014.
Votes being counted in the Town Hall.
Tom Andrews, UKIP.

Picture: James Bass

A campaign group has said it will continue to spread its message in Great Yarmouth despite an altercation at one of its meetings involving a UKIP councillor.

Prime Minister David Cameron visiting The Lowestoft Journal.

David Cameron made a historic visit to the EDP office in Lowestoft which is also the home of our sister paper, the Lowestoft Journal – the first prime minister ever to have done so.

Prime Minister, David Cameron with conservative candidate Peter Aldous looking over the bascule bridge.

Prime minister David Cameron has pledged Lowestoft’s long-awaited third crossing would be built by 2020 under a future Conservative government on a visit to the town – but has been accused of making an opportunistic promise a couple of weeks ahead of the election.

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Stephanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Cengiz Ceker is standing as an independent for Norwich South in the general election

As a taxi driver, Cengiz Ceker is used to his passengers sounding off about what’s wrong with the country and the problem with politicians.

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has a selfie taken as he meets Labour supporters in Ipswich yesterday. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour is accusing the Conservatives of planning the biggest spending cuts in any of the world’s advanced economies as the parties again prepare to trade blows on the economy.

Drivers face disruption on the roads this morning. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Tories have denied Liberal Democrat claims that they were planning to charge £10 a month for drivers to use the A47.

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg at a news conference in London where he announced his party's plans for the public sector. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Millions of teachers, nurses, police officers and other public sector workers will be spared further pay cuts under Liberal Democrat plans set out by Nick Clegg as he promised there was “light at the end of the tunnel” after years of austerity.

Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

People are being urged to register to vote in the general election ahead of the deadline at midnight tonight.

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned of more borrowing and taxes if Ed Miliband does a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to become Prime Minister.

Prime Minister David Cameron visits part of the work on dualling the A11 at Elveden. Picture: Denise Bradley

Labour will accuse David Cameron of “ducking” the chance to explain how he would fund generous Tory manifesto pledges as his rivals prepare to square up for another televised debate.

New exhibtion of political cartoons at 133 Gallery in Great Yarmouth . Gallery manager Liam Murphy with some of the work by Brian Adcock.

Picture: James Bass

From Punch to Charlie Hebdo, political cartoons have mocked, enraged and changed the world.

Nigel Farage (left) and meets Hungarian Ivan Loncsarevity during a visit to hinge manufacturer NICO in Clacton, Essex.  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ukip’s manifesto offers “serious, fully-costed policies” for people who “believe in Britain”, Nigel Farage said as he prepared to launch the party’s detailed programme.

Norman Lamb has apologised that some of his campaigning letters did not have the correct postage paid.

For many of us, the sight of a Post Office slip can prompt thoughts that there might be an exciting delivery.

Tony Robinson visiting Norwich to show support for the Norwich Labour Candidates Jess Asato and Clive Lewis.

Picture: James Bass

As a trusty sidekick, Baldrick always had Blackadder’s back. Yesterday actor Sir Tony Robinson had the backs of Norwich’s Labour candidates on a visit to the Norwich.

Ballot box

With just over 25 days to go until polling day Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News political editor Annabelle Dickson, public affairs correspondent Dan Grimmer and investigations editor David Powles reflect on how the election campaign is going.

Peter Collecott with Nigel Farage.

A long-serving independent councillor and council chairman has decided to break his non-party political stance and join the 
UK Independence Party (UKIP), saying: “I think I can influence politics more by being a member of a group.”

Lord Leicester puts his support behind UKIP - Toby Coke. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The custodian of Holkham Hall, the Earl of Leicester is busy ruffling Conservative feathers after publicly giving his backing to the UK Independence Party.

Jessica Asato has admitted making the most unlikely toasts – to a Tory peer.

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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