Local Politics

SNUB and anti NDR campaigner Stephen Heard pictured at Thorpe End. 

The controversial £148.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road has been given government permission to go ahead, but today questions have been posed over how precisely it will be paid for.

Hoxne Swan

A bid to make a closed pub in Suffolk an asset of community value has been accepted, it has been revealed.

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

Local and national politicians have paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy after his sudden death aged 55.

Norman Lamb at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has pledged to restore the Liberal Democrat vote in his memory.

john fuller

South Norfolk Council Leader John Fuller has been re-appointed the authority’s leader and has announced his new cabinet following May’s elections.

Norwich Northern Distributor Road protesters. 
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Supporters have welcomed the government’s decision to give the go-ahead for the £148.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road as an “opportunity to unlock jobs and new homes”, but critics have said it will pave the way for urban sprawl and pollution.

Members of the public study the plans for the NDR, which has been given the go-ahead. Pic: Denise Bradley.

The controversial £148.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road has been given government permission to go ahead.

Matthew Smith attends Norwich Crown Court.

A former Ukip parliamentary candidate’s political career lay in tatters after he was ordered to do 200 hours community service and pay £3227 towards costs after he admitted submitting a false nomination paper for Norfolk County Council elections.

The land at Acle, viewed from the Norwich Road, where 140 homes could be built. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Cash-strapped Norfolk County Council could turn property developer to help build nearly 180 homes on three patches of land in the county.

Land at Cringleford next to the A11 where new homes could be built.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A controversial bid to build up to 650 homes on the edge of Norwich, turned down almost 12 months ago amid fierce opposition, could yet go ahead.

Norfolk County Council's County Hall in Martineau Lane, Norwich.

Work to find a further £169m of cuts and savings at Norfolk County Council will start next month, after councillors agreed to ask departments to plan for a reduction of a quarter in their spending.

Baroness Shirley Williams with Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat candidate for North Norfolk, at the launch of his 2015 election campaign. Picture: PIERRE BUTIKOFER

Norman Lamb’s campaign to become the next leader of the Liberal Democrats has been boosted by the endorsement of party grandee Shirley Williams.

More than 100 people attended an anti-cuts demonstration on Haymarket in Norwich. Photo: Stuart Goodman

Norwich South’s newly-elected Labour MP addressed a city centre demonstration against austerity on Saturday.

More foster carers have been urged to come forward.

Norfolk needs more foster carers to support teenagers, children with disabilities, groups of brothers and sisters, and young people waiting for a court appearance.

Councillor Andrew Proctor.

A Norfolk council has introduced new advisory panels to discuss issues from housing to health – in private.

Artist's impression of how The Avenues could look once the Push The Pedalways changes are brought in.

Drivers in Norwich are set for yet further disruption from next week, when more roadworks get under way.

Toby Coke. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A deal to burn some of Norfolk’s waste in an incinerator in Suffolk has been extended until 2020, as the county grapples to find a long-term solution for how to dispose of its rubbish.

Cromer's Cabbell Park football ground, which is earmarked for a new doctors' surgery.

People in Cromer are being given a chance to have their say on the future of a key piece of land earmarked for a new doctors’ surgery.

Councillor Andrew Proctor.

The leader of Broadland District Council has set out his vision for the next year.

Norwich fans get to see the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Trophy close up at City Hall. Carol Symonds has her picture taken with the cup. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

There have been hundreds of selfies snapped as Norwich City fans got the chance to have their photographs taken with the Championship Play-Off Trophy.

Golden Ball Street where it joins Westlegate.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A multi-million pound shake-up, which would see traffic banned from even more Norwich city centre streets, looks set to be put out for public consultation within weeks.

Breckland Council Offices, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Our children are growing up without suitable outdoor spaces to play according to a report.

Kings Head public house, Kessingland.

Residents have spoken of their joy after an attempt to knock down one of their village’s most historic buildings was rejected.

New Breckland Council Chief Exec Anna Graves. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The board of a new partnership charged with keeping the community and local groups engaged with Thetford’s impending growth has come under fire before it has even started work.

George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council. Photo: Bill Smith

A further £169m of cuts and savings are on the cards at Norfolk County Council after bosses said financial pressure means “fundamental change” is needed in how services are provided to people in the county.

Celebrations outside City Hall in 2011 to mark Norwich City's promotion to the Premier League. Picture: Antony Kelly

There will be no civic parade for the triumphant Norwich City play-off winning side, after it proved impossible to organise it before players jetted off on holiday and international duty.

Part of the woodland that is being renamed after the Harrison family who owned the Sprowston Postmill.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

It is a symbol of a town that few people living there today have memories of.

Deborah Gihawi

A county councillor has resigned and triggered a by-election, just days after a suspension over a race row was lifted.

Brenda Arthur. Photo: Steve Adams

Norwich has a new Lord Mayor, Sheriff and City Hall leader after they were formally elected today.

There will be no civic parade following Norwich City's play-off victory. Picture: Matthew Usher.

There will be no civic parade for the triumphant Norwich City play-off winning side, Carrow Road chief executive David McNally has confirmed.

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.

National Politics

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”.

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.

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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