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I had to have a chuckle at this week’s furore surrounding Breckland Council.

Councillors have condemned an attack against a man who was racially abused and then punched in the face in Norwich.

The leader of Norfolk County Council has made a public apology for comments he aimed towards his leading political opponent.

Norfolk County Council will prepare a business case to support its bid to retain control of the fire service.

A bid to broadcast county council meetings on the Internet has failed - for now - after councillors voted against it.

It was announced on November 27 last year that Prince Harry was to wed his Suits actress girlfriend Meghan Markle.

A council which has launched a scheme to protect local business has been told it ought to practice what it is preaching, as it has been revealed it heavily relies on major brands itself.

County council meetings in Norfolk could soon be broadcast live via the internet.

The children were foaming at the mouth, their faces contorted in agony with utter terror etched in their eyes.

Concerns have been raised over how some housing developers are charging thousands of pounds for people to have parking places.

Council bosses have said it is still too early to speculate about the closure of children’s centres in Norfolk – after a report revealed as many as 1,000 may have shut nationally in less than a decade.

A by-election is to be held after a Great Yarmouth councillor resigned her seat.

Waveney and Suffolk Coastal councils have seen huge reserves growth since 2010/11 despite sweeping spending cuts and a merger of services in 2010.

Concerns have been raised about the effectiveness of a partnership which was meant to help reduce the number of children in care in Norfolk.

A whistleblower who claimed the official Brexit campaign broke strict spending rules during the European Union referendum will set out further evidence to back up his allegations.

Quiz show QI is leaving the studio for the first time ever for an exclusive Latitude Festival edition.

The prospect of a single council running all services in Suffolk is today back on the political agenda with county leader Colin Noble commissioning a new report.

Russian aggression has forced the UK and allies France, Germany and the United States to take a stand.

Less than a year ago very few people believed Jeremy Corbyn had a shot at becoming prime minister.

A greyhound activist has responded to the apology issued by a Norwich City councillor for a rabies remark, claiming she has had no direct contact from the councillor.

A city councillor has apologised for a “rabies” remark on Facebook in reference to an animal activist who opposes greyhound racing.

Council officers have vowed vulnerable children will not become “casualties” of a change in the way complex needs funding is handed out.

Suffolk County Council has seen a significant rise in insurance claims due to defective road surfaces over the last five years, new figures reveal.

Jeremy Corbyn has slammed the decision to cut Norfolk’s Police and Community Support Officers calling them the “eyes and ears” of the force.

Council tax bills in Breckland are set to rise following a district council decision to shore up its reserves and reduce its reliance on the New Homes Bonus.

Norfolk could live to regret the decision to scrap its police community support officers.

Video: Jeremy Corbyn visits Great Yarmouth

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is visiting Great Yarmouth today.

The ice rink that cost Great Yarmouth Borough Council £118,000 was a success by creating a vibrant atmosphere and raising the profile of traders, councillors have agreed.

A £388.8m budget for Norfolk has been agreed after crunch talks, despite last-minute efforts to prevent cuts - but another £95m in savings must still be found over the next four years.

A shared passion for education was enough for one former Labour councillor and one former Conservative to put their colours aside and form their own alliance.

An encounter with potential turned into a love-in.

The police element of council tax bills in Suffolk is to go up by 6.8 per cent – £9.30 a year for Band B properties – after the rise was backed by the official watchdog.

A councillor accused of bullying a colleague shouted “shame” and stormed out of a meeting after he was formally censured by the council.

The NHS is in a vicious cycle - and it is difficult to see what will break it, says health correspondent Geraldine Scott.

An 85-year-old man with a broken hip feared for his life as he lay on his freezing conservatory floor with hot-water bottles strapped to his legs during a 13-hour wait for an ambulance.

The prime minister has said lessons will be learned after a whistleblower at the region’s ambulance trust exposed 40 alleged cases of harm or deaths due to ambulance delays.

Opposition councillors have questioned proposals to provide £500,000 to a campaign aimed at building a new Norfolk hospice.

Glastonbury tickets, a visit to Iran and a day out to the Grand National are some of the gifts donated to our region’s MPs.

Controversial cuts to bus subsidies and gritting in Norfolk are on the brink of being abandoned - with money from a council tax increase saving the services.

The man behind an £80m revamp of a former Norwich shoe factory says the controversial scheme should be seen as a sign of confidence the city can attract major investment.

New homes, a hotel and offices are to be created in Norwich after an £80m revamp of the area around a former shoe factory was given the go-ahead.

A closed Norwich pub is to be turned into flats for students.

The leader of Norfolk County Council has said councillors did the right thing in sticking with a 10.5pc increase in their allowances.

Norfolk county councillors have voted to stick with a controversial move to increase their allowances by 10.5pc.

Councillors will today decide whether to put a stop to a controversial move to increase their allowances - at a time when millions of pounds of cuts and savings are being considered.

Theresa May will abandon her Conservative general election manifesto pledge to give MPs a vote on whether to overturn the fox hunting ban.

Talks are under way to save hundreds of jobs at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in West Norfolk.

An under-fire business body which gets tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash a year to boost economic growth in the region will be scrapped.

Campaigners fighting an increase in councillor allowances have been out in Great Yarmouth gathering names for a petition.

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has become quite a cult figure among the young and Granny Corbyn - in the shape of a north Norfolk schoolgirl - came to the rescue in Aldborough Primary School’s Christmas show.

An attempt to force a fresh vote before Christmas over an increase in allowances of Norfolk county councillors has failed.

With less than a week until the big day Christmas cards are beginning to drop on doormats.

The controversial decision to increase allowances for Norfolk county councillors could be voted on again, with opposition parties keen to trigger a fresh vote.

A flurry of fury is raining down on councillors who voted to give themselves a big increase in their allowances.

Plans to halve spending on Norfolk’s children’s centres could still go ahead after a bid to scrap the controversial proposals failed.

Suffolk County councillor Gordon Jones has defended his decision to not declare his position as a non-executive director of an academy trust ahead of a meeting discussing controversial changes to school transport.

A former Norfolk MP was one of four board members who quit the government’s Social Mobility Commission in protest at the lack of progress towards a “fairer Britain”.

Chancellor Philip Hammond could use the Budget to announce plans to boost the region’s infrastructure as part of a promise to “invest to secure a bright future for Britain.”

A senior Labour politician has called on his former colleague to resign his council seat to trigger a by-election.

A long standing Labour supporter and county councillor has resigned from his party group and become an independent.

Great Yarmouth’s Business of the Decade will be announced this Friday night at the glittering trophy presentation ceremony for the Spirit of Enterprise Awards.

Villages near Great Yarmouth have been spared cuts to grants for services like grass cutting and maintaining bus shelters.

Secrecy surrounds a letter the leader of Norfolk County Council sent to the government suggesting ways Westminster could help reduce the need to make savings - which included floating the idea of a major local government shake-up.

The future looks bright for market traders in Great Yarmouth after a massive rent reduction was approved.

She came to Norwich to launch a bold new mental health drive – but now Theresa May has been criticised for not visiting the organisation in charge of mental health care in the area during her visit.

The prime minister Theresa May visited Norwich this afternoon and addressed issues surrounding mental health, PCSOs, contaminated blood, Colman’s and Britvic, and universal credit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has condemned remarks made by Clive Lewis as “completely unacceptable” at two events in Norfolk.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis appears to have pulled out of an event with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Norwich on Saturday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is due in Norwich today - at an event for party members only.

Market traders are rejoicing after councillors listened to their pleas to slash their rents.

A new seaside air show could have take off after a series of supportive measures were approved.

Controversial cuts which would slash £5m from what Norfolk County Council spends on children’s centres will go forward for further talks, despite criticism the move is “too high risk”.

A West Norfolk councillor received praise from the Prime Minister for the support his charity provides to servicemen, veterans and their families.

Education bosses have said they are looking into “inappropriate practices” at some Norfolk schools - as a councillor claimed some parents have been “bamboozled” into withdrawing pupils, rather than schools having to exclude them.

A call has been made to end massive pay outs to public sector bosses when they leave organisations – often to reappear in similar roles merely months later at another agency.

A Labour councillor refused to back his own party’s motion over controversial proposals to close a Great Yarmouth school.

Hundreds of people joined a march through the streets of Norwich to demand that the government brings an end to the public sector pay cap.

An ice rink looks set to return to Great Yarmouth this Christmas after councillors voted to spend nearly £100,000 to bring one to the Market Place.

East Anglia’s Conservative MPs have united to condemn the “threats of violence” and “aggression” which greeted the party as its annual conference kicked off in Manchester.

Jeremy Corbyn is a divisive character – his supporters are feverish in their devotion towards him, his detractors warn he is a dangerous politician that would shift Britain back in time to the 1970s.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn needs to make a commitment over the party’s position on staying in the single market following Brexit, Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has said.

Suffolk County Council has failed to appoint a new chief executive after none of the four candidates on the shortlist were felt to be good enough by the authority’s political leaders.

A petition has been launched urging council bosses to keep a popular Breckland care home open.

Suffolk County Council’s new chief executive is expected to be introduced at the authority’s meeting next week.

Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell has spoken of his encouragement at seeing so many young people attending this year’s Burston Strike School Rally.

When a group of rural Norfolk children downed books and emblazoned their classroom blackboard with the words: ‘We are going on strike tomorrow’, little did they know the shock waves it would create.

More than 50 jobs have been lost and a question mark has been placed over hundreds of apprentices’ futures after a training company went into administration.

A rethink over proposals for a £100m revamp of a former Norwich shoe factory could see more than 400 jobs created in the city, a developer has claimed.

People in a Norwich street say they are struggling to park outside their homes, because two thirds of their road is covered by permit parking - but not where they live.

A motion to resist moves by Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner to take over the running of the county’s fire service has been voted down by the county council.

A Liberal Democrat candidate who was suspended by his party after being charged with fraud has been elected on to North Walsham Town Council.

A victim of the contaminated blood scandal has welcomed a joint call by six opposition political party leaders for a Hillsborough-style inquiry into what happened.

Mid Norfolk’s Conservative MP George Freeman has defended his party as Tories cheered after blocking a pay rise for nurses and firefighters.

The knock-on effect of £125m of cuts and savings at Norfolk County Council will affect thousands of workers, union leaders have warned.

Questions have been asked over £70,000 paid to Norfolk County Council’s former director of children’s services as ‘compensation for loss of office’ - when the authority’s managing director had said he had not got a severance payment.

Suffolk’s Ed Sheeran will take over Glastonbury Festival tonight as he headlines the final night of the five-day event.

East Anglian favourite Ed Sheeran is headlining Glastonbury on Sunday, but he’s not the only act from the region who’ll be performing at the festival.

A new act has been added to the Glastonbury Festival line-up – MP Clive Lewis. And he will be joined on stage by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The planned closure of the A47 in King’s Lynn for maintenance work, which could bring nine months of delay, has garnered angry reactions from local people.

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