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Schools across Suffolk have been urged to claim free tampons and sanitary products for their pupils from a government scheme to help support young female pupils.

There will be no u-turn over care cost changes for people with disabilities in Norfolk, council leaders have insisted, despite a call for County Hall to use reserves to reverse its policy shift.

A council which spent £8m on a golf club secretly agreed to sell it months ago, but kept the public in the dark about it while telling Conservative election candidates the confidential information.

Video Final bill for the NDR revealed

Monday, March 25, 2019

The final bill for the Norwich Northern Distributor Road will come in under the revised budget of £205m, say council bosses.

Controversial changes, which council bosses say will cut congestion for traffic on Norwich’s ring road, have been agreed, despite concerns it could endanger schoolchildren.

Norfolk County Council is in line for some big changes before you next go to the polls to choose your representative at County Hall.

Failures by a council in handing over almost £5 million to build a new business centre have been laid bare.

A Suffolk MP baffled social media users after interrupting the prime minister’s Brexit grilling to raise issues about Lowestoft high street shop closures.

A Norfolk council is hoping a Homes Under the Hammer-style approach will help it improve the living conditions of its borough.

A drive to bring long-term empty units in Great Yarmouth town centre back into use has resulted in a business rates reduction scheme.

A vital piece of the jigsaw for the relaunch of Great Yarmouth’s Venetian Waterways has been put in place, as its £2.7m revamp nears completion.

A planning committee chairman confessed to never having visited a city museum - just before casting a crucial vote to seal the demolition of its current home.

A long-running stalemate between developers and the city council over a Golden Triangle church has finally been broken - after councillors admitted they were “hung over a barrel” by the homebuilders.

Climate change will come under the spotlight at a pair of public meetings, with people from across the political spectrum discussing the issues.

An extraordinary meeting will be held into how a council lost millions when a troubled enterprise centre defaulted on a loan.

Scores of communities across Norfolk are to benefit from more than £390,000 of transport investment from the county council.

A proposed charter calling on organisations to stamp out mass balloon and sky lantern releases has taken a step closer to becoming a reality.

Opposition councillors at Norfolk County Council have criticised a tightening of rules which would bar some councillors from parts of meetings and could stop them seeing council documents.

More than 150 of some of the most vulnerable people who are in care in Norfolk have not been assessed to see if the deprivation of their liberty is legal.

An academy trust has claimed a damning Ofsted report which plunged one of its schools into special measures is “simply wrong”.

Market traders will see their rents increase after an opposition bid to extend an experimental discount was lost.

A council has agreed its budget and council tax rise, in a meeting which saw an emotional plea for more to be done for those most in need.

People will be paying 3pc more in council tax to Norfolk County Council over the next year - and parents with disabled children were left angry there was no u-turn over care cost changes.

Labour councillor Mike Smith-Clare is worried that a raft of cuts to children’s centres in Norfolk will have deep implications for our children’s futures

Council leaders are still hoping to persuade bosses of the closure-threatened Heatrae Sadia factory in Norwich that their future should lie in the city.

Homes across Suffolk are set to see their council tax bills rise by around £65 from April, after county council budget proposals were approved.

Items up for discussion at a Norfolk council meeting include a no confidence vote in one of its councillors.

The uncertain state of funding for Norfolk County Council has prompted its finance director to say he would be likely to advise bigger council tax hikes in future - if the government allows it.

Controversial changes which would mean disabled people would pay more for their care remain on the table - after a bid to delay them was rejected.

County councillors will soon be joining the likes of Jaack Maate, Tanya Burr and Ashen as local stars of YouTube, after live streaming proposals were given the thumbs up.

More than £10million of cutbacks remain in Suffolk County Council’s budget, it has emerged – with controversial plans to phase out Citizens Advice grants still set to go ahead.

The future of 38 children’s centres in Norfolk is due to be discussed today.

A councillor is calling for a full independent inquiry into the “financial relationship” between West Norfolk council and an enterprise agency.

All the twists and turns of the council chamber could soon be available to watch from the comfort of your own laptop, tablet or mobile device.

New speed cameras are to be introduced on the road where the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a car crash.

A popular and well-regarded children’s centre in Holt is now under threat after a U-turn by Norfolk County Council bosses.

The prime minister suffered the worst defeat in the House of Commons in more than 100 years on Tuesday as MPs categorically rejected her plan on how to take the UK out of the European Union.

MPs have rejected Theresa May’s Brexit plans by an emphatic 432 votes to 202 in a historic vote which has thrown the future of her administration and the nature of the UK’s EU withdrawal into doubt.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has spoken out to back a second referendum just hours before Theresa May puts her Brexit deal to the Commons.

Theresa May will put her Brexit deal to the Commons on Tuesday, with defeat almost guaranteed.

Eight more children’s centres in Norfolk could be spared the axe, after a rethink by council leaders, but opposition councillors say there remains a risk children will miss out on crucial support.

Many of the county’s most vulnerable people are facing lives of isolation and social poverty, families have claimed, after councillors slashed their financial support.

Parents and campaigners will soon find out if councillors are likely to push ahead with proposals to close all but seven of Norfolk’s children’s centres.

Councillors look set to call time on a building’s life as a night club and bar, with plans to turn it into flats poised for approval.

A Norfolk MP is amongst 20 Tory rebels to vote against the government and back an amendment designed to limit ministers’ tax raising powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

An increase in rail fares has prompted protests outside railway stations in Norfolk.

Thousands turned out to Boxing Day hunt meets across the region - as Labour warned it would strengthen legislation banning the hunting of animals.

Parents fed up with “fighting tooth and nail” to get an education for their children with special educational needs have hit out at the authorities.

The final bill for the Norwich Northern Distributor Road might not be known until six months from now, it has emerged.

A bid to equip toilets in council offices in Great Yarmouth with free sanitary products has been knocked back by the borough’s Conservative group.

Plans to revamp Great Yarmouth’s market place remain firmly on the council’s agenda, despite missing out in a crucial funding bid.

Mary Coleman’s successor as mayor of Great Yarmouth has been agreed by councillors.

Tributes have been paid following the death of a former chief executive of Norwich City Council.

Theresa May has silenced the hard Brexit wing of the Conservative party after seeing off a challenge to oust her from Number 10.

A delayed motion looking to reduce period poverty in the Great Yarmouth borough is to be discussed once more by councillors.

Norfolk is at a “cliff edge” because it stands to lose millions of pounds to spend on services when a government grant is pulled.

Nearly £32m has been cut from mental health services in the region in the last five years, it has been claimed.

Campaigners who want the public to be given the final vote on a Brexit deal are calling for Norwich City Council to endorse the campaign for a People’s Vote.

Calls have been made for controversial plans to axe a six figure grant for Citizens Advice Bureaus in Suffolk to be phased in over a longer period of time.

Norwich City Council Green Party group leader Denise Carlo on why Norwich needs to become carbon-neutral in the next decade.

Respects have been paid to a Dunkirk veteran who served the borough of Great Yarmouth as a councillor for some 50 years.

A council chief has sought to justify a controversial investigation into Conservative councillors’ emails.

Protestors marched through Great Yarmouth today in a rally against proposals which could shut dozens of children’s centres across Norfolk.

A council chief authorised a probe by the Conservative administration into fellow Tory councillors’ emails to hunt down the source of a leak.

Police were called to a council meeting in Great Yarmouth after evicted protesters refused to leave the public gallery.

A “big decision” has been made for Norfolk County Council to borrow £120m to build up to four new schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

A mystery buyer was behind the winning bid for Lowestoft Hospital on Thursday, despite a public campaign to stop the auction going ahead.

Councillors in Great Yarmouth have joined the campaign to save children’s centres across the county from closure, by bidding to protect the six in their borough.

A Lowestoft businessman has revealed his intention to buy the town’s closed hospital and transform it into a medical centre, despite a public campaign to stop the sale.

The prime minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have paid tribute to Baroness Patricia Hollis in the House of Commons.

Concern over the rates of children being permanently excluded from Norfolk’s schools has prompted a summit between council bosses and head teachers to be organised.

Councillors unanimously rejected plans for an open gypsy and traveller site in Mutford and said they were being treated like ‘frogs in slowly boiling water’.

Campaigners have demanded a halt to the sale of Lowestoft Hospital and for its use as a potential medical centre to be examined, despite a planned auction next week.

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 death of Baroness Hollis has prompted an outpouring of praise for a “warm, friendly” yet “formidable” woman.

Guidelines shaping the future development of the Prospect House site in Norwich have been given unanimous approval.

Which services should face budget cuts as Suffolk County Council struggles to trim its budget by £25m over the next financial year.

A former school in Thetford has been given a reprieve from being sold just yet - to give the community the chance to come up with plans to take it on.

Dancing Queen Theresa May has been backed by East Anglia’s MPs after delivering an “optimistic” conference speech.

How closely have you been paying attention to this week in business? Put your memory to the test as we round up some of the biggest and best stories which may have slipped under your radar.

People have just days to comment on where more than 5,000 new homes could be built across the Great Yarmouth borough.

Norwich’s Carrow Works site, home to the departing Britvic and Unilever companies, will be put up for sale next month.

The leader of the city council is to invoke legislation to demand the government hands over all information it holds about the impact Brexit would have on Norwich.

Concerns have been raised over the discovery a Norfolk district council has lost years’ worth of minutes of full council meetings.

In all, 1,154 complaints were made to Suffolk County Council last year, according to data published by its audit committee.

Why are the Liberal Democrats doing so badly?

A Tory councillor who made a sexist remark to a female Labour activist has been publicly rebuked - at a censure meeting he failed to attend.

Norfolk turkey producer Bernard Matthews has been cited by the prime minister as a business “showing confidence” in the face of ongoing Brexit deliberations.

It is considered disrespectful to shave on World Beard Day but Lynne Mortimer doesn’t care, she’ll shave if she wants to.

“Toe-curling” screamed her detractors. “Embarrassing,” ... “awful” ... “hilarious” chimed social media.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will address this year’s Burston Strike School Rally.

Brexit will define the United Kingdom for many years to come – but exactly how, it is too early to tell.

People across Great Yarmouth are being invited to shape a key planning document which is looking at reducing the number of homes needed in the borough.

Corbynism will be picked over by political historians in years to come whatever happens next for Labour.

It is one of the areas of the city centre that has seen the biggest transformations in recent memory.

The latest attempts to build homes on the site of a Methodist church in Norwich’s Golden Triangle have been knocked back by councillors.

Fears over road safety close to a Gorleston school were enough for councillors to refuse plans for more than 70 new homes - at a third time of asking.

A furniture shop in Great Yarmouth’s historic rows is to become a cafe and a series of flats.

More than 3,400 bicycles have been recorded as stolen in Norfolk since 2016.

Frank Drew, former bricklayer, trade unionist, sergeant of the Royal Norfolk Regiment and Labour councillor, has died aged 89.

The sale and marketing of 70 new beach huts plots for Gorleston seafront has been approved by Great Yarmouth Borough Council under a £270,000 scheme.

“Build it in Britain” demanded Jeremy Corbyn this week. And who could argue with that?

A Great Yarmouth flood defence project has received a £5.4m boost as part of a national cash injection into coastal defences.

The surge in applications to build student housing in Norwich has prompted council bosses to investigate how much such development is appropriate in the city.

Councillors will today decide whether or not to scrap controversial DIY waste charges in Norfolk.

A fight to stop a former bowling green being built on has ended with a victory for people power.

Norfolk County Council has been warned that requiring Freemasons to declare their membership could be “unlawful”.

Suffolk County Council’s decision to close the Lowestoft Record Office will come under renewed scrutiny after a deal was struck at a council meeting.

A Tory councillor will be formally censured after he made a “grossly sexist” comment to a Labour activist.

A bid to increase collection fees for bulky waste items for Great Yarmouth households has been deferred.

Councillors in Norfolk who are also Freemasons may soon have to declare this as an interest.

The starting gun has been fired over the next round of savings at Norfolk County Council, where £99m of savings need to be made over the next three years.

A Tory councillor is being investigated over claims he made an inappropriate comment to a Labour activist.

Reassurances are being sought that the construction of the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off the coast of Norfolk will not create dangerous conditions on some of the county’s roads.

David Davis has quit his role as Brexit secretary less than two years after his appointment.

Shoppers in King’s Lynn were asked to share their love for the NHS as part of its 70th birthday celebrations.

A councillor is trying to reunite a knitted cow with its owner after finding it abandoned in the road.

Pilot ‘pop up’ libraries are to be trialled in Norfolk villages, ahead of a shake-up to cut £200,000 from the mobile library service.

Shoppers could soon be able to make use of a new car park in Norwich city centre, after a council spent £150,000 to revamp an underground car park and decided to lease it to a private operator.

A popular annual arts festival has special Norfolk Day events planned in its 10th anniversary year.

A bid to put the destiny of Anglia Square’s long-awaited regeneration in the hands of the full city council has fallen at the first hurdle.

The decision to make divisive cuts on home to school transport in Suffolk has been put on hold for further scrutiny, after a call-in of the plan was upheld.

Organisers of a music and arts extravaganza have added further big names to the line-up.

Sasitharan Letcsumanon has lived through a civil war, endured freezing conditions in a refugee camp and survived a treacherous journey into the UK.

A major review of how Suffolk’s roads are maintained was launched yesterday with the county’s new highways chief claiming that there are “improvements that can and must be made”.

A call has been made for a decision over the revamp of Norwich’s Anglia Square to be made by all city councillors.

Councillors have elected to sit on plans to refurbish a set of toilets on the Great Yarmouth seafront.

Cycling in Norwich has been handed a £1.7m safety boost after the city was named as one of six places to share a multi-million pound pot of cash.

Why is freezing old bananas good for sustainability? The answer to this and more can be found this weekend at a family friendly free festival at The Forum in Norwich.

Tributes have been paid after Cliff Jordan, former leader of Norfolk County Council, died just weeks after he stood down following a lung cancer diagnosis.

A Suffolk council, which came under fire after investing millions of pounds from the pension fund in tobacco firms despite promoting stop smoking messages, has bought stocks in another cigarette company, it has emerged.

The first phase of a major new development of 5,000 properties across the Thetford area has been given council approval - meaning hundreds of new homes built in a village.

One of the most dangerous roundabouts in Norwich could be made safer thanks to a £750,000 revamp, but it could mean further disruption on the roads.

The new leader of Norfolk County Council has been elected today.

A controversial move, which would see the closure of part of a Norwich road and the removal of a set of city traffic lights, may be permanently ditched.

Developing and maintaining Suffolk’s road network has been put at the heart of the policies of the new county council leader as he takes over the helm at Endeavour House.

An ambulance boss has said pressures on the NHS are no longer confined to just the winter and are instead seen all year round.

Norwich’s new Lord Mayor and Sheriff have been sworn in, with a pledge to raise money for an enterprise which helps the city’s homeless.

Half-a-million pounds of government money could be put towards tackling exclusion in Norfolk’s schools, after a bid was submitted by council officers.

Concerns have been raised over the number of rough sleepers living in miserable conditions in Norwich after a tent full of used syringes was discovered in the city centre.

A plea to save a “vital” direct train service from Norwich to Liverpool has been made to key power brokers in government.

Tributes have been paid after a former Lord Mayor of Norwich, who served as a city councillor for 25 years, died at the age of 98.

Plans to spend more than £100m on regenerating Great Yarmouth over the next seven years have been praised by county councillors.

Opposition councillors have said they are “furious” after discovering a fresh hike in their allowances just months after Norfolk County Councillors voted to give themselves a pay rise of more than 10pc.

I always knew football fans take the sport seriously - but this week we found out just how much.

James Goffin hails a superb, funny (and rude) drama based on mid-1970s parliamentary power games, This House.

A £1.25m boost means council bosses will use a privately funded company to keep young children out of care - on a payment by results basis.

With the votes counted and dust settled on Norwich City Council’s latest election, a string of new councillors are preparing to take their seats in City Hall.

With counting finished in the local elections in Norfolk, there have been gains for Labour in Norwich but UKIP has lost seats in Great Yarmouth.

The votes are being counted after Norwich and Great Yarmouth headed to the polls.

Today is polling day for people living in Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Here’s some questions and answers about the elections.

A hung parliament and political turmoil as the government tries to cling to power. It’s not 2018 but 1974-79, the subject of the biting and timely play This House. We found out more from James Gaddas and Matthew Pidgeon who play rival chief whips.

There was one particular headline which caught my eye this week - and for once I have to admit it wasn’t one of our own.

A foodbank operating across mid-Norfolk has defied national figures by seeing a decrease in use but they fear the good news could be short lived due to changes to the benefits system.

MPs have pledged to “protect the protectors” after a sharp rise in the number of assaults on emergency workers.

Whatever happens when people head to the polling stations next Thursday, voters in University and Wensum wards are guaranteed to have a new face representing them at Norwich City Council afterwards.

Thorpe Hamlet and Town Close are two wards where the Green Party will be determined to see off the challenge of Labour.

Nelson was one of the divisions where a seat went from Green to Labour two years ago.

Concerns over the public consultation undertaken by district councils ahead of the east Suffolk merger have been raised in the House of Lords.

The fight for control of Mancroft ward could be one of the most interesting battles when Norwich goes to the polls for the city council elections.

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.

Theresa May has said she will form an administration to govern Britain for the next five years, despite disastrous results in a snap election which left her short of the MPs she needs to command an overall majority in the House of Commons.

Theresa May is to ask the Queen for permission to form a government in the wake of the disastrous snap election which has robbed Conservatives of their overall majority in the House of Commons.

The Conservatives have lost the election and should stand aside for a Labour minority government, according to Jeremy Corbyn, who declared: “We are ready to serve this country.”

Theresa May will seek to stay on as prime minister and Tory leader despite failing to win a majority after her decision to hold a snap election backfired spectacularly.

Theresa May’s snap election gamble has backfired spectacularly leaving her position on a knife edge and the UK facing a hung parliament.

Conservative Keith Simpson said he had “bucked a trend” as he retained his majority to hold his Broadland seat.

Conservative Richard Bacon has become the South Norfolk MP for the fifth time since 2001.

Who needs sleep? A night of drama is in store as the general election results come in. Here’s when the key results are likely to come through.

Theresa May’s gamble on a snap election looks set to cost her overall control of the House of Commons, according to an exit poll released after the June 8 general election.

Voters will go to the polls today after one of the strangest General Election campaigns of modern times.

A Labour councillor has lost her seat for failing to attend meetings.

Theresa May is to visit Norfolk as she makes a final whistle-stop tour of the country to boost the Tory vote.

We asked the general election candidates in Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them on Thursday, June 8. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:

Community leaders across Norfolk have reacted to the shock news of the terrorist attack in London.

A week today the nation goes to the polls. Here Political Editor Richard Porritt takes the temperature of the battle to form the next government as campaigning reaches a climax.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has revealed that he has some - albeit fairly short - East Anglian roots.

Pubs are perhaps better known for real ales, ciders and screening a game of live football than the high culture of the arts.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were forced to defend their records as they faced a live TV grilling from a studio audience and presenter Jeremy Paxman.

While Brexit has certainly dominated the headlines, education, from nurseries to universities, is shaping up to be a key election battleground. Education correspondent Lauren Cope reports.

The main parties will suspend campaigning for the General Election today after the Manchester terrorist attack.

In an election campaign, politicians are known for going to great lengths in an attempt to secure your vote.

A Conservative government would consult on a possible cap on social care costs, Theresa May has announced.

A Millennium Library employee accused the Conservatives of taking Britain back to the 1870s during the filming of Question Time.

The re-elected leader of Norfolk County Council has said economic development will be one of the most important issues to tackle in the next 12 months.

The newly-strengthened Conservative group at Norfolk County Council has been accused of trying to stifle democracy - at the very first meeting since the County Hall elections.

The effects of a large-scale cyber attack are still being felt throughout the region’s NHS services today, as healthcare providers try to get back on their feet.

The Labour leader has given his full backing to his party’s only candidate in the region who is defending a seat.

After learning that a Norwich man had placed £10,000 worth of bets on him to win the general election, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he wished the man well with his winnings.

On a whistle-stop visit to the east coast, the Labour leader visited a hospital which has been affected by a cyber attack.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been visiting Gorleston and Lowestoft, where he described the cyber hackers who have hit the NHS as “a bunch of 21st Century highway robbers”.

A Norwich man has placed a £10,000 bet on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his party to win the general election next month.

Prime minister Theresa May visited Norwich this afternoon, where she urged Conservative candidates to work “flat out” for a landslide.

Theresa May will use a speech in Norwich to urge her candidates to work “flat out” for a landslide.

A bedridden and terminally ill Norfolk woman is standing against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the General Election to protect NHS finances.

General election campaigns are invariably filled with bold declarations, sweeping arguments, stinging attacks and flippant faux pas.

There was joy for the Conservatives as they took overall control of Norfolk County Council, but despair for UKIP and the Greens, who suffered election wipeout.

While the majority of the county painted itself blue in today’s local elections, Labour found success in Norwich as they held onto their existing seats - and gained new ones.

People will go to the polls on May 4 to pick who should represent them at Norfolk County Council. Dan Grimmer looks at the Great Yarmouth area.

A Norfolk county council candidate has warned of the dangers of the campaign trail after she was bitten by a dog through a letterbox.

A well-known councillor has called growing demand for meals at mid-Norfolk’s food bank a disgrace after recent figures show a significant increase since 2016.

A snap General Election has been called by Prime Minister Theresa May to be held in June.

What links the manager of Fleetwood Town, Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn? “Fake news.”

Will politics forever be seen through a prism of being a leaver or remainer? It feels that way at the moment.

Jeremy Corbyn did not give the impression of being a man under pressure.

An independent review of Breckland Council has found it is “doing a good job for residents”, “has strong and effective leadership”, and demonstrates “sound financial management.”

Private schools will lose their tax breaks so all primary school children can be given a free school meal if Labour wins power.

The drummer with the chart-topping band Blur is among the candidates hoping to be elected to Norfolk County Council in next month’s elections.

Drivers with older diesel cars could escape a pollution crackdown.

Hopes are today high that the new owner of a city shopping centre will seek to relax controversial parking rules which have “deterred” shoppers.

A letter from the headteachers of hundreds of Norfolk’s primary and secondary schools warning of an “imminent” funding crisis has been raised in parliament.

It is embarrassing for a Chancellor to have to u-turn on a budget measure so quickly.

Chancellor Philip Hammond conducted a major budget u-turn over plans for a hike in National Insurance Contribution for the self-employed.

Councillors on Norfolk County Council’s children’s services committee quizzed education chiefs on Tuesday about the high number of children being excluded from school and education standards.

An independent investigator will be brought in by Norfolk County Council to look at services given by a private company to some vulnerable teenagers.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will have little sympathy with the Conservatives’ manifesto woes.

Philip Hammond had a hard act to follow in delivering his first budget.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis could be asked to return to the shadow cabinet, John McDonnell has said.

Norfolk MP Norman Lamb wants an extra £4bn to be pumped into the NHS and social care by the chancellor on Wednesday.

Ed Balls has opened the door to a political comeback saying he would ‘never say never’ to a return to Westminster.

Two former Norfolk county councillors have spoken for the first time about how they felt driven out of the authority because they asked questions about children’s services cases.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Norwich MP Clive Lewis could return to the shadow cabinet in the future.

Doing this job can open up opportunities that many other vocations simply don’t - it’s one of the many things that make the stress and long hours worth it!

George Freeman is not going to be allowed to forget his torrid week in a hurry.

Jeremy Corbyn branded the Conservatives the nasty party over comments made by Norfolk MP George Freeman about disability benefits.

Youngsters have given politicians a run for their money, wowing judges at a debating competition.

Norwich MP Clive Lewis has instructed lawyers to identify who set up four websites which suggest he is poised to launch a leadership bid.

Claims that Clive Lewis registered website addresses in apparent preparation for a Labour leadership bid have been denied by a source close to the MP.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn may not be the most popular of politicians, according to the polls, but most people certainly know what he looks like.

People in Norfolk are facing the biggest hike in council tax for a decade, after county councillors agreed a 4.8pc rise in its share of the bill.

A landlord who converted two garages into rooms to rent could be taken to court.

Suffolk County Council payments to care providers are set to go up substantially after the new budget for the authority was approved by councillors.

Clive Lewis has told Jeremy Corbyn he would be voting against the wishes of his constituency if he had backed Article 50.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis stepped down as shadow business secretary last night after he joined around 50 MPs in voting against triggering Brexit negotiations in the Commons.

Clive Lewis said he was keeping his promise to his constituents as he resigned from the shadow cabinet after failing to obey his leader’s three-line whip to back the Brexit bill.

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Government of arranging a “sweetheart deal” with a Tory-led council to stop a controversial council tax referendum.

A town mayor has joined the Liberal Democrats just weeks after quitting the Labour Party.

Let’s travel to a parallel universe for a second.

A new drive has been launched to try to prevent suicides in Norfolk, where the number of people taking their own life is higher than the national average.

The likely next Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich have been revealed, with one of them already well versed in what his role involves.

MPs will seek assurances they will be given a say over Brexit negotiation details after Supreme Court judges ruled parliament must give the green light to Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Clive Lewis is in Brussels meeting the European trade union leaders and MEPs today to discuss workers and consumer rights post-Brexit.

Some £3m which could have been spent on services for people in Norwich is set to be lost over the next four years, because the government is planning to take money away from City Hall, the authority’s leader has warned.

Theresa May spoke again about uniting the country this week in her long-awaited Brexit speech.

Norwich MP Clive Lewis has said triggering Article 50 - the formal process for leaving the European Union - under Theresa May’s blueprint is not in the interests of the people of Norwich and the country.

A £1.6m scheme to replace a roundabout on Norwich’s ring road has been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Britain is willing walk away from the European Union without out a deal, Theresa May warned today in a speech setting out her plans for extricating Britain from Brussels.

To lose one MP is a blow, but the departure of Labour rising star Tristram Hunt, the second MP in as many months to stand down, has prompted another round of Labour soul-searching – at a national level at least.

Jeremy Corbyn has called for a cap on pay for top earners in order to create more equality in society.

If Ed Balls wants to make a return to frontline politics now may be the time to do it.

The government is ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ by taking money away from district councils to plug a black hole on the cost of social care, critics have claimed.

Norfolk is on the “brink of coming to a standstill” and will “die on its feet” without further investment in roads, councillors have heard.

The time is not right to revive the prospect of unitary councils in Norfolk, councillors have said.

A consultancy firm is being paid £124,000 to run an assessment and development centre at Norfolk County Council, which will include psychometric testing of the top 120 officers at County Hall.

Labour city councillors have been accused of failing some of Norwich’s most vulnerable people, after refusing to back a motion which called for council tenants to be offered the choice of a shower or a bath when their bathrooms are upgraded.

Community groups leasing council-owned buildings fear they would be unable to operate under new proposals to increase rent.

Tesco has left its customers out in the cold by “knowingly losing business” in axing a free bus service to a store in Norwich.

Campaigners have launched a bid to get an 11th hour reprieve for axe-threatened free bus services to Tesco.

Suffolk’s education chiefs have been accused of failing children with special needs after it emerged some were being sent to private institutions hundreds of miles away.

Norfolk county councillors have agreed its leader can continue to represent them in talks over a devolution deal - but to make clear the authority has “substantial reservations” about an elected mayor.

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Ed Balls took time out of his hectic Strictly Come Dancing schedule to speak exclusively to this paper. Jessica LONG reports

A senior Labour figure has urged his party to unite to back plans for an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk.

Jeremy Corbyn has removed the shadow defence secretary brief from Clive Lewis in the aftermath of a high-profile dispute over Labour’s policy on Trident at last month’s party conference.

The prospects of a devolution deal for Norfolk and Suffolk look increasingly bleak, with the leader of Norfolk County Council saying he is not confident his authority will back the move.

Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis became the target of criticism at a mass rally held to oppose the Conservatives.

A row over Labour’s stance on immigration looked set to erupt today as the curtain falls on its annual conference in Liverpool.

Senior Labour figures pinned their hopes of a return to power on a local government fightback after Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as their party leader.

Traders who lost their livelihood after a blaze in Great Yarmouth have been handed a county council boost.

A group of older film fans has complained that changes to its weekly cinema club will stop members from going.

Offshore firms in tax havens have spent millions of pounds buying land and property in Norfolk. Should we be concerned? Tom Bristow reports.

Proposals to introduce tighter planning controls on shared housing are to be reconsidered following a council vote.

Sheila Oxtoby is to become the new full-time chief executive of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, having filled the post part-time since November 2015 under an interim shared management arrangement with North Norfolk District Council.

There was a 83pc increase in hate crime across the county in the Brexit period, MP Chloe Smith has said.

Great Yarmouth’s traditional Easter fair cost the borough council more than £10,000 last year, it has been revealed.

Norwich Councillors will vote on Wednesday under controversial directive, which reduces multiple occupancy housing over fears of ‘studentification.’

By just one vote, the decision was made not to bring back the town centre ice rink.

Theresa May has been accused of elitism and taking education back to the “bad old days” of the 1950s after plans to open new grammar schools were inadvertently revealed on Downing Street.

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has admitted wife Yvette Cooper thinks he will be a dance disaster when it comes to the romantic dance of the rumba.

I now have first-hand experience of Jeremy Corbyn’s “Virgin train-gate” nightmare after making a bank holiday return trip from London to Newcastle.

Prospects for the proposed EU-US trade deal have been cast into further doubt after French president Francois Hollande said an agreement would not be forged before Barack Obama leaves office in January, and a trade minister called for an end to talks.

Jeremy Corbyn should toughen up against the opposition within his party, an old ally of the veteran left-winger has said.

Just over a year ago he shared a stage with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Fens-based economist and tax campaigner Richard Murphy wouldn’t now. He tells political editor Annabelle Dickson why.

An arrangement which saw two Norfolk district councils share a chief executive and senior management staff looks set to break down.

A Labour mayor has stunned his party by resigning the whip in protest at the way the party operates both nationally and in Waveney.

A row has erupted over the reasons behind the rejection of permission for an arts group to expand.

Two councillors will join one of the groups organising the Great Yarmouth Air Show, after concerns were raised that residents didn’t know enough about the plans.

Jeremy Corbyn is unlikely to make Norwich a priority in his campaign to remain as Labour leader, and he should head to Brexit-backing areas in the north and Great Yarmouth, backer Clive Lewis has said.

Public figures have offered their condolences to people in Munich following the shopping centre shooting.

A row has broken between Labour councillors over a bid to create extra space at a Norfolk school by using taxpayer’s money to buy a next-door restaurant for it to expand into.

The government has denied it unfairly prioritised its favourite type of school when approving applications to its flagship school re-building programme, after an EDP analysis found academies were far more successful than non-academies.

As David Cameron enjoys his last day as prime minister, EDP political editor Annabelle Dickson looks at his strengths and weaknesses.

Almost 300 teachers, teaching assistants and supporters attended a Norwich city centre rally to protest at what they see as a sustained attack on education.

BHS’s former owner has defended taking millions out of the doomed retailer as a “drip in the ocean” and accused Sir Philip Green of siphoning huge sums from the firm.

“This is not the time or place to be having a leadership contest” - that is the view of some of Labour’s leading activists in Waveney after Jeremy Corbyn faced a motion of no confidence.

A plea has been made for cultural and ethnic diversity in Norwich to be celebrated and racism opposed in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union.

The “dodgy” toilets on Norwich’s historic market need to be urgently revamped because they could put off tourists, a city councillor has claimed.

A Labour councillor in Yarmouth vowed to give the extra money she got through allowance rises to food banks, after members voted to up their basic rate.