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People who have used mechanical diggers to take “significant” amounts of sand and relocate sea defence blocks on Hemsby beach have been ordered to stop.

More than £1m could be spent on converting a block of council offices into social housing.

A vision including a new public swimming pool for Norwich has been revealed as the preferred option for a former depot site.

More than 200 children went missing from council-run children’s homes in Norfolk in the last academic year.

New Brexit secretary Steve Barclay has insisted it is time to finalise the withdrawal agreement and “deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK”.

NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay is the next Brexit Secretary following the resignation of Dominic Raab who resigned on Tuesday.

Businesses in Diss say their income has been hit by delayed works to upgrade a pedestrian crossing that have been causing congestion.

Noise levels need to be controlled at a town’s open air music event to avoid disturbing nearby residents, it has been revealed.

A programme to turn around Suffolk’s special education needs (SEN) provision has been outlined – with an “innovative” pilot set to spearhead the measures.

So what does the draft Brexit deal mean for us?

More than £1million in cash for key projects in north Suffolk has moved a step closer after getting the council’s backing.

Councillors, council staff and taxi drivers in Norwich could be given training to help them spot the tell-tale signs of drugs activity in the city area.

The hunt is on for a new provider of CCTV to serve the city of Norwich, after council bosses admitted they could not maintain the current set-up.

With the government in turmoil and the prime minister teetering on the edge, political editor RICHARD PORRITT asks ‘what now for Brexit?’

After a tumultuous day in Westminster the prime minister has vowed: “This is a Brexit that delivers.”

East Anglia’s farming leaders warned of a “catastrophic” no-deal scenario if the prime minister’s draft withdrawal agreement is not adopted by Parliament.

A Tory councillor has quit the party and joined the Greens after growing tired of standing behind policies which she believes hurts her community.

A new partnership aiming to provide cheaper energy bills for people in Norwich has been rubber stamped by councillors.

Proposals to give developers in Norwich a way round paying a levy of thousands of pounds have created conflict between three of the county’s councils.

Market Hill in Diss town centre has been closed for essential electrical repairs by UK Power Networks.

A modern house that would have been built on stilts beside the river on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk has been turned down because of its adverse impact on nearby listed buildings.

Few places nationwide voted more in favour of leaving the European Union than Great Yarmouth.

Average speed cameras could still be installed on the A149 between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton.

Millions of pounds of cutbacks for council services in Suffolk next year have been revealed – with homes facing further council tax rises for the next three years.

A new blueprint for social worker recruitment in Norfolk has been revealed to county councillors.

Theresa May has dramatically won the backing of her cabinet for the Brexit deal – but anger is growing among Brexiteers.

More delays are to be expected as a busy Norfolk road is closed for further work on a new roundabout.

Plans have been made to expand a north Norfolk campsite nearby a centuries-old castle.

Breckland Council is in the running for a prestigious national prize after being shortlisted in the 2019 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.

Investigations are under way as part of an exciting new project that is aiming to improve access for all over a Victorian brick bridge.

Thousands of businesses across Norfolk could benefit from much faster broadband speeds - if a bid for up to £20m to the government succeeds.

National Politics

The controversial closure of magistrates courts in Suffolk has not impacted people’s access to justice, a minister has claimed.

The government has launched a review into the tax rates paid by second home owners, following a petition from a north Norfolk MP.

A Norfolk MP has joined a national initiative to mark the Queen’s commitment to the Commonwealth - by planting trees.

A call has been made for Parliament to hold an annual debate in honour of Labour peer and former leader of Norwich City Council Patricia Hollis.

A tax loophole that allows second homes owners to avoid paying council tax on their properties will be investigated after a north Norfolk MP highlighted the issue.

More workers on the ground are urgently needed to help cope with a growing crisis in mental health amongst young people, a member of parliament has warned.

The chancellor’s announcement that mental health services for young people are set to get a funding boost has been praised as “a step in the right direction” by those working in the county’s schools.

Jeremy Corbyn will join the fight to protect Norfolk’s children’s centres during a visit to the county this weekend.

Government figures reveal a third of all properties bought in north Norfolk in 2017-18 were second homes. JESSICA FRANK-KEYES looks into the effect this rise has had on the area’s coastal communities

The most vulnerable people in society are being put under “enormous pressure” by a change in the benefits system, a Conservative MP has warned.

Norwich City Football Club was given a seat of power after their safe standing debate was taken to parliament.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined others in paying his respects to Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heighman who has died aged 77 after a long illness.

The developer behind a bid to build a controversial new 10,000 home garden town in Norfolk will not be not be able to dodge local planning rules and must have Breckland District Council’s support in order to get its development approved, a government minister has confirmed.

In the wake of a stark report by the United Nations about how the clock is ticking to limit a climate change catastrophe, the government’s minister for energy and clean growth has outlined how Norfolk can play its part.

A Norfolk MP is spearheading a petition demanding an end to a tax loophole that allows second home owners to pay no council tax.

Richard Porritt

Richard Porritt

Political Editor

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Richard is our Political Editor and works both in the Norwich and Westminster offices. He scrutinises our region’s members of parliament and holds them to account on your behalf while also reporting on wider national politics.

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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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