Local Politics

Disruption which will close roads around a key Norwich roundabout for weeks will be worth it, say council leaders, because it will make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Families enjoying the heights and sounds of one of the county's most adventurous tourist attractions may soon also be able to camp overnight a stone's throw away.

A 7pc drop in voters turning out for the European elections in Great Yarmouth has been put down to people being "fed up with elections".

Scores of schoolchildren have taken to the steps of City Hall in Norwich to make their voices heard about climate change.

A home builder looking to reduce its affordable housing contribution on an upcoming development has been accused of trying to "cherry-pick" council policies for its own advantage.

A wide field of possible candidates to take over as Prime Minister has already emerged - including west Suffolk's Matt Hancock - in the wake of Theresa May's resignation announcement.

Key education issues in Suffolk such as special educational needs, catchment areas and home schooling will be put under greater scrutiny thanks to a series of new task forces.

Plans to flog unused land have been unveiled by one of Suffolk's biggest landholders, in a bid to tackle the county's housing crisis.

Frontline staff are among at least 60 people who could lose their jobs because of a shake-up which will see all but 15 of Norfolk's children's centres shut.

A man who was mowing the grass outside Norfolk County Council's headquarters had to be taken to hospital - after the vehicle he was in toppled over.

A farmer who has repeatedly ignored council orders to remove caravans from his land 
has been left with a hefty court bill.

Time is running out for people to have their say over a near £1m project which would see changes made to another part of Norwich city centre.

The new mayor of Holt has been the official photographer for the town's festival for 11 years.

A three year planning dispute over 50 homes in a Norfolk village cost rate payers more than £40,000, it has emerged.

Former police inspector Steve Gallant was confirmed as East Suffolk Council's first leader at its annual general meeting last night.

Plans for a JD Wetherspoon pub in North Walsham could be put on hold again, with the district council set to review the situation.

A homebuilder which promised to provide 40 affordable homes in Dereham has launched a bid to scale this number back.

A measure allowing police officers to confiscate drink from people in Great Yarmouth has seen the number of alcohol-related incidents in the town cut by a third in three years.

A team of mini activists have been quizzing councillors and suggesting ways in which Norwich can be a more environmentally-friendly city.

A housing scheme promising up to 180 homes in a Breckland market town has been recommended for approval - despite reservations from the Environmental Agency and the NHS.

A man from a village which was the scene of a fatal crash has described the "disturbing" experience of a lorry getting stuck just feet from his window.

A husband and wife serving on the same council is a fairly regular occurrence - as many of Norfolk's demonstrate.

Former Holt mayor Duncan Baker was appointed Group Leader of the Conservative Party at the first meeting of the new council at North Norfolk District Council.

Plans to make minor highways projects like 20mph zones, pedestrian crossings and double yellow lines easier to carry out have been given approval.

Alterations to make a Norwich roundabout safer for cyclists will see roads closed for almost three months and cost £750,000.

People in a village hit by a string of crashes and a fatal car accident are urging firms planning to bring wind farms to Norfolk's coastline not to send hundreds of lorries through their streets.

Social care services for children in Suffolk have been hailed by independent inspectors as being of an "exceptionally high standard" after being just one of a handful in the country to get the top rating.

From the self-styled 'fastest binman in Yorkshire' to the new Lord Mayor of Norwich - it has been quite a journey for Vaughan Thomas.

Two planning applications which would see a combined 260 new homes built in a west Norfolk town are to be decided next week.

A three year saga over plans for 50 new homes in a west Norfolk village has taken another twist - with an appeal against its refusal dismissed at the second time of asking.

A blunder saw speed bumps too low to properly slow traffic installed in Norwich roads - and now streets need to shut so mistakes can be put right.

National Politics

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has said is fearful over who will become Tory leader following Theresa May's resignation.

One of those vying to become the next prime minister is West Norfolk MP Liz Truss. We asked people in her constituency town of Swaffham what they thought of the idea.

Thousands nationwide complained on Twitter using the hashtag #DeniedMyVote, as the Electoral Commission blamed "short notice" of the UK's participation in the polls.

Norfolk MP Keith Simpson joked he was "thinking of voting for his cat" as Theresa May's resignation signalled the start of a crowded leadership race within the Conservatives.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has warned politics is becoming a "dark and dangerous place" as he called for a general election following Theresa May's resignation.

Theresa May's legacy as prime minister will be defined by her fateful decision to call a snap election - and the Brexit chaos that followed.

The prime minister Theresa May has announced she will step down on June 7.

European citizens trying to vote in Norfolk were turned away from the ballot box amid confusion over registration forms.

An MEP candidate who has campaigned in Iraq and Compton, California, said she has never felt so threatened as when she was leafleting for the European elections.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has written a set of values Tory leadership hopefuls must be tested against, as prime minister Theresa May's days look numbered.

Receiving intimidating letters demanding money from those in debt has been likened to "someone standing in front of you with a knife" in a debate called by a Norfolk MP.

Benefits claimants are waiting on average six months for their appeals to be heard in what has been branded a "denial of justice".

Three Liberal Democrat candidates standing to be MEPS for the East of England will visit North Walsham, Cromer and Worstead on Sunday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn cited a Yarmouth school's foodbank as an example of "what is going wrong in modern Britain" in a parliamentary clash over inequality and austerity.

Former Green Party national leader Caroline Lucas has said it is worth people in Norfolk voting in the European elections - and not solely as a protest over Brexit.

Richard Porritt

Geraldine Scott

Political Correspondent



Geraldine is our Political Correspondent and also covers health. She 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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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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