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South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss was one of seven Cabinet ministers who defied the government to vote against delaying Brexit last night.

Hundreds of trees are being planted in a Thorpe St Andrew park to create a new woodland named after the queen.

Norfolk and Waveney’s NHS has been snubbed in every single bid for big ticket money - bar one - made to the government over the last two years, with £417m of funding it asked for denied.

The east of England will get the smallest share of a £1.6bn government fund to boost run-down towns after Brexit.

The health secretary Matt Hancock visited Norwich on Thursday to speak to women affected by the surgical mesh scandal.

The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce believes the UK is not ready for a no-deal Brexit and has demanded MPs push the government harder for answers.

Norwich MP Chloe Smith has hosted an event with headteachers to discuss future challenges and opportunities for schools in the city.

Business owners and managers met at the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce’s Big Debate, to discuss the most pressing issues facing the region’s industry.

Leading figures in Norfolk’s business sector watched as sparks flew between the county’s MPs, who were speaking on a panel at the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce’s Big Debate.

Health bosses have been urged to listen to how patients want to see mental health services change as they decide on a future for the region’s troubled provision.

Serious questions were today raised about the previous management of the region’s publicly-funded enterprise agency after it emerged it spent cash on two of its directors firms, while it racked up millions of pounds in debt.

The family of Kerri McAuley said they have been left “bewildered” at proposed new laws aimed at tackling domestic abuse.

Columnist Iain Dale says this week’s events in parliament show the big gap between some MPs and the people they are supposed to represent

A pedestrian is hurt in a crash in Norwich every five days, figures show, despite a fall in the number of incidents.

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.

A Norfolk MP is set to be one of around 64 who will vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal after the prime minister made a last-ditch attempt to garner support.

A handful of the most influential names in Norfolk’s economy will be coming together for the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce’s Big Debate.

Norwich’s manufacturing industry has been dealt another blow as it was announced 200 jobs were set to go at a business with nearly 100 years of history in the city.

The campaign to get safe standing at Norwich City’s Carrow Road ground and other football stadiums has been backed by cabinet minister Elizabeth Truss.

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

MPs have called for swift and decisive action to improve mental health services in our region.

More trains than ever are being delayed or cancelled on East Anglia’s rail network as repeated pledges to improve services fall flat.

Political commentators are often expected to make predictions – but none of the Westminster commentariat have managed to call the fall out from Brexit correctly.

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

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has announced she is expecting her second child.

“Very serious and unsettling for everyone” - that is how a council boss has described the mood after five stabbings in Norwich in just two weeks.

A collection of colourful ribbons are to appear in windows around the city as part of a campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and to help victims of this “epidemic”.

A Norfolk business has called for bus lanes in Norwich city centre to be open to business vehicles during rush hour.

And as our Books For Schools campaign enters its second month, we have been on a mission to crown the region’s favourite children’s book.

The recently published review into the murder of Kerri McAuley highlights the urgent work that still needs to be done to tackle domestic abuse.

Thousands of young people across Norwich are going to be helped into the world of work as part of ambitious plans to promote social mobility in the city.

Authorities have pledged radical reforms in the way they deal with domestic abuse cases after the killing of Kerri McAuley.

Authorities have said they do not have enough resources to investigate every rough sleeper death in Norfolk - despite being told to by the government.

Another Norwich business has joined the ranks of companies commended by a scheme helping young people in the city into work.

Conservative party conference is going to be blockbuster stuff – and the message from the East’s MPs is clear: “Hold your nerve.”

The organisers of the first Norfolk Enterprise Festival have come under fire for hosting an all-male panel to discuss the county’s business future.

Over the years, many weird and wondeful ideas and schemes have been announced but never came to pass. In the first of a new series, Norfolk’s Pipe Dreams, DAN GRIMMER looks at when there were hopes Eurostar could come to Norwich.

My Nan is my main inspiration for raising money, says Kate Filby, who’s one of hundreds of people ready for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

As yet another health trust in Norfolk in plunged into special measures by inspectors health correspondent Geraldine Scott looks at what is going wrong in the county’s NHS.

A proposed shake-up of parliamentary boundaries in Norfolk could make it tougher for Norwich North MP Chloe Smith to hold on to her seat at the next general election.

Parliament is in recess. But, as Norwich North MP Chloe Smith explains in her monthly column, that does not mean politicians put their feet up

A Norwich MP will be meeting bosses at Norwich Prison later this week.

Questions are today being asked about why the woman in charge of turning around our two largest health bodies - both of which are failing - will not speak out about the changes planned.

A Norwich MP has branded two of Norfolk’s NHS organisations as “just not good enough” after both received unsatisfactory inspection reports.

Hospital bosses have backed the so-called ‘missing link’ which would connect the Broadland Northway to the A47 - saying it would be ‘in the interests of patients’.

GoGoHares fans are expected to bounce in to action over the weekend to see the hand-painted sculptures in real life.

City leaders have spoken of their shock over a shooting in a Norwich park which left a teenager with serious injuries.

Norfolk’s busiest hospital has been plunged into special measures just months after a challenging winter for the health service.

Three new super-fast bus routes could cut through Norwich to link communities and business areas as the revolution to relegate cars from pole position gathers pace.

A Norwich company which specialises in calibrating equipment has visited Westminster with its local MP.

It is often a place where politicians are accused of acting like infants and throwing their toys of out of their prams.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has welcomed news that Norwich will receive additional funding to tackle rough sleeping.

I suppose it was inevitable. After millions of years of history where change occurred slowly, inexorably, we - at least in “advanced” nations - are seeing things move at breakneck speed.

Increasing problems with drug dealing in the north of Norwich were highlighted at a meeting called by concerned residents.

One of the men arrested on suspicion of alleged electoral fraud in the Norwich City Council elections has spoken of his relief after he was released with no further action to be taken.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has said she was “shocked” to hear that police are investigating alleged electoral fraud around the nomination paper for a Conservative candidate in the city council elections.

Victims of domestic abuse have been urged to come forward and take part in the government’s consultation on a new Domestic Abuse Bill.

Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, visited Catch22 to meet with staff and pupils and learn first-hand the positive impact the school makes on the lives of young people.

A hub which aims to be a single point of access for Norfolk’s healthy child programme has been chosen as a regional champion in a competition to mark the NHS’ 70th birthday.

The government should now be “well aware” of Norfolk’s aspirations for its food manufacturing sector following a meeting between MPs at Westminster.

Almost 1,800 football fans in Norfolk have helped trigger a Parliamentary debate over the introduction of safe-standing at grounds in the Premier League and Championship.

Communities, businesses and MPs have welcomed the prospect of a Western Link for the fully-open Norwich Northern Distributor Road.

A campaign has been launched demanding faster trains times to and from Great Yarmouth.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has demanded further details from the government over claims the promised Norwich in 90 train improvements could be in doubt.

A claim that the Norwich in 90 minutes train time ambition by Greater Anglia could hit the buffers has been refuted by an MP and the train operator.

A campaign to halve unemployment in young people across Breckland and West Norfolk has been launched.

Three Norfolk MPs are seeking a meeting with a government minister in a further bid to have safe standing introduced at Carrow Road.

The British air strikes against Syria has provoked a mixed reaction from our region’s MPs.

Norwich City has vowed to continue to support calls for safe standing despite the government rejecting a bid from a Premier League club to introduce it at its stadium.

A Norwich MP has welcomed new legislation which she believes is a big step forward in tackling homelessness in the city.

The county’s MPs have lent further backing to the campaign to get the A47 fully dualled,

There are 650 members of parliament – and only 208 are women.

The fall-out from the closure of Norwich’s Colman’s and Britvic factories could ultimately cost 1,000 jobs and £10m in lost wages, the union which has been fighting the plans has claimed.

The fall-out from the closure of Norwich’s Colman’s and Britvic factories could ultimately cost 1,000 jobs and £10m in lost wages, the union which has been fighting the plans has claimed.

More than half a million pounds of funding has been handed to health bosses in Norfolk and Waveney to help launch a city centre hub for those in mental health crisis.

The agreement of a near two-year transition period after Brexit has provided some relief for East Anglia’s small businesses – but many feel more clarity is still needed on how leaving the European Union will impact them.

Home secretary Amber Rudd has vowed new laws set to be passed in the wake of the brutal murder of Kerri McAuley will save lives.

At a glance Houston, Texas, may not have a lot in common with Norwich but both cities are home to companies which have played their part in the space race.

A cross-party group of local MPs is backing Norwich City’s call for the introduction of safe standing areas at Carrow Road.

It’s time for the Government to make good its promises on tackling domestic abuse, says Mandy Proctor.

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has been given the green light to increase the number of medical student places at Norwich Medical School to create more opportunities for people to train as doctors.

Norwich businesses’ views on Brexit will be reported to the secretary of state for exiting the EU after a series of roundtable discussions.

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

The leader of Norfolk County Council has said he will stand down if asked after making controversial comments in which he branded some of his own party’s MPs as “also-rans” who do not work hard enough to help the county.

The leader of Norfolk County Council has said he stands by extraordinary comments in which he branded some of his own party’s MPs as “also-rans” who do not work hard enough to help the county.

Students from high schools and colleges in Norwich have bid for £10,000 for projects to improve the city’s social mobility.

Thousands of families in the region are renting homes in such a squalid state it risks harming their health.

A battery charger made in China exploded inside a Norwich home with such force debris pierced through two full cans of beer.

MP Chloe Smith is calling on employers to explore how apprenticeships can benefit their business.

A Norfolk MP has urged victims of domestic abuse to help shape new laws which could see offenders being banned from drinking alcohol and tagged.

A fresh drive is to be launched to stop vulnerable people in Norfolk from being targeted by con artists who trick them out of thousands of pounds.

College students are experiencing life in the hospitality sector this week thanks to a work placement with a difference.

A regional law firm has been commended for its work to help tackle youth unemployment in Norwich.

For more than 18 months, Brexit has been the biggest issue in the business landscape – but what will it mean for small businesses? And how are they coping with it now?

A regional law firm has been commended for its work to help tackle youth unemployment in Norwich.

Education chiefs came together in Norwich to discuss hiring - and keeping - teachers.

A policeman who had his wrist broken twice after being assaulted is today backing calls for harsher sentences against those who attack officers.

The region’s MPs have encouraged local authorities as well as central government to be “smarter” about how they award contracts for work.

Norwich City Football Club’s ambition to be at the vanguard of bringing safe standing to Carrow Road is to be raised in Parliament, after one of the city’s MPs pledged to highlight the issue.

Norwich has missed out on £55m and lost more than 900 council homes because of the government’s Right To Buy scheme, council leaders have said.

If Norfolk was a business, what actions would we take to develop and promote it?

The debate over the future of Norfolk Fire and Rescue has taken another turn as the Retained Firefighters Union has said they are “open” to the possibility of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) taking over responsibility.

The leader of Norfolk County Council has accused the Police and Crime Commissioner of a “power grab” over who is in charge of the fire service.

Bosses at Norwich City Football Club, keen to bring safe standing to Carrow Road, will discuss their hopes with a city MP at this weekend’s match against Middlesbrough.

Greater Anglia passengers experienced little major change over the past year according to the latest survey by watchdog Transport Focus.

The county’s busiest hospital will seek help to pay its massive debt to the firm which built it after it predicted it would end the year tens of millions of pounds in the red.

The family of Kerri McAuley have been praised by the domestic abuse minister for their great work in trying to raise awareness to prevent other women becoming victims.

The family of Kerri McAuley said they will be looking to get laws changed to protect other women when they meet with the new domestic violence minister.

The aviation industry must pull together to secure its future and provide pathways for the next generation of talent.

January is proving to be rather bleak. Norwich has lost jobs and there remain many more under threat across the county.

Drinkaware, the UK’s leading alcohol education charity, provided free information and advice on alcohol in Norwich.

A Norfolk MP has continued a series of Brexit-themed roundtable meetings with a discussion with retail sector leaders.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has been given a new role in government following Prime Minister Theresa May’s reshuffle.

A Norwich MP is demanding Britvic and Unilever move quickly to sell their Carrow Works site to secure “exciting new prospects”.

Council bosses will appeal to business secretary Greg Clark for help to redevelop the Carrow Works site when Colman’s and Britvic move out in 2019.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis says he will seek answers in Parliament over why the government failed to keep Britvic and Unilever in Norwich.

A firm used by the country’s top charities to raise money for good causes has been accused of exploiting young workers by only paying them commission rather than a minimum wage.

Video Norwich MP backs Kerri’s campaign

Monday, December 18, 2017

A fundraising drive in memory of a domestic abuse victim who was brutally murdered by her partner has been given a heartfelt donation by a city MP.

City councillor Karen Davis has been selected as Labour’s new parliamentary candidate for Norwich North.

Norwich’s MPs have offered their sympathy to workers affected by Britvic’s decision to close its Norwich factory, and pledged to continue the fight to keep Colman’s in the city.

Greater Anglia staff are to stage a Christmas strike in their long-running dispute with bosses.

The domestic violence minister will be coming to Norwich to find out more about the case of murdered Norwich mum Kerri McAuley.

A Norwich MP is set to highlight the case of the brutal murder of Norwich woman Kerri McAuley when she meets the new domestic violence minister.

A key member of the team bidding to drive social mobility in Norwich has vowed the mass resignation of the government body responsible will not halt progress.

A Norwich hospitality association has raised concerns about the impact road works are having on hotels located to the north of the city.

“We should be ashamed of this” - That is the message from a charity’s chief executive following a new report into social mobility in Norfolk.

Shoppers have been urged to get behind an annual grassroots campaign to promote the UK’s small businesses.

Business secretary Greg Clark has pledged to contact bosses at the company which produces Colman’s Mustard - to try to persuade them to remain in Norfolk.

A team from the region’s local enterprise partnership will meet the business secretary tonight to discuss how they can encourage Britvic and Unilever to retain production and jobs in Norwich.

The lights have been switched on, the decorations are beginning to go up – Christmas is just five weeks away. But for more than 1,150 people in Norfolk a dark shadow has already been cast over the festive period.

Hoteliers raised questions about Brexit and freedom of movement as they came face-to-face with a city MP.

The impact of Brexit on young people will be debated on Friday at a forum organised by Norwich Youth Advisory Board and featuring local MPs Chloe Smith and Clive Lewis.

A Norwich MP has vowed to ensure the new domestic violence minister comes to Norwich to find out more about the brutal murder of Kerri McAuley at the hands of a serial abuser.

Britvic’s independent directors have been called on to intervene in the closure of the Robinson’s factory in Norwich.

Seven MPs from across Norfolk and Suffolk met with mental health bosses to thrash out an action plan for recovery.

Businesses and people with disabilities will be brought together at a jobs fair with a difference in Norwich.

A heart-felt letter has described how the soul of Norwich’s under-threat Britvic factory has been “ripped out”.

British politics risks being brought into disrepute unless a tough, new system to protect people working in Westminster is agreed, the leader of the House of Commons has warned.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has attacked unions for wanting to take rail travel back in time rather than focussing on progress.

The new Greater Anglia rail franchise started a year ago with big promises for passengers, but are things any better 12 months on? Today we look at the state of the region’s train services.

Last year we got some difficult news – that Norwich was one of the hardest places in England for our poorest children to get on in life.

You have to admire Chloe Smith MP talking about low pay re “Many workers stuck in low-paying jobs” she has some nerve.

The word ‘bitch’ is not a nice one in 2017, even when applied to a dog.

MP Chloe Smith has vowed the government is ready to back options to help keep Britvic and Unilever jobs in Norwich after a meeting with the secretary of state for business.

Proposals to axe all Police Community Support Officer posts in Norfolk as part of radical reforms have been opposed by the county council’s Labour Group.

Norwich MP Clive Lewis has been forced to apologise after a “disgusting, filthy, sexist” outburst at a public event.

Only 18pc of low-paid workers in the East of England managed to move on to better jobs in the last decade, new figures have revealed.

MP Chloe Smith said she was working hard behind the scenes to secure a positive outcome for employees at Colman’s and Britvic in Norwich.

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.

Prime minister Theresa May dodged the question but South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss proudly admitted she had changed her mind.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has donned a pink outfit for Breast Cancer Now’s latest fundraising campaign.

Norfolk’s seven Tory MPs have backed Theresa May to stay as prime minister.

Theresa May’s Conservative Party conference was certainly memorable – but not for the reasons the prime minister had hoped.

A rallying cry today goes out to save two of the region’s biggest employers and most famous names.

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.

An ambitious plan to halve youth unemployment in Norwich in the next year has been revealed.

Around 200 Conservative Party supporters headed for Berkshire on Friday, September 22 for a festival with a twist.

A Norwich MP is to be given an update into a homicide review being carried out into the death of a woman who was brutally murdered by a serial abuser.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has been appointed chairman of the new Norwich Opportunity Area Youth Board and she will chair her first meeting today.

The family of a woman who was brutally murdered by a serial abuser has been told that her death would not be in vain.

The importance of democracy was on the agenda when a Norwich MP visited youngsters at a junior school.

A Norwich MP has heard public concerns about early morning flights and increased pollution at a meeting about the future expansion of Norwich Airport.

Businesses have told an MP of the challenges facing them and the wider community with Brexit, broadband and business rates all on the agenda.

Budding politicians learned about the importance of democracy during a trip to the Houses of Parliament.

In the past week, children across East Anglia exited school gates sheepishly clutching brown envelopes with a look of dread writ large across their faces.

A project to get Norwich’s young people into work has stated its aim to reduce the number on employment-related benefits by half by the end of 2018.

A victim of the contaminated blood scandal has urged the Prime Minister to visit him on his deathbed after Theresa May announced an inquiry into how thousands of people were given deadly illnesses by the NHS.

A team which helps young people overcome mental health problems such as depression and anxiety and go onto employment has been honoured with a special award.

A vision to dramatically expand Norwich Airport over the next generation has been welcomed - but with a warning that sensitivity must be shown to people living nearby.

The families of two men killed following a “flash over explosion” at a Norwich industrial unit will have to wait a little longer to find out if criminal charges are to be brought over the deaths.

MP Chloe Smith has been given assurances that Norwich’s tower blocks are safe in the wake of the devastating Grenfell fire.

An ambitious project to tackle youth unemployment in Norwich is launching a fresh drive to get more businesses in the city involved.

They say the true measure of society is judged by the way we treat our most vulnerable members, if that is the case and we regard ourselves as a member of that society, then most of us should be thoroughly ashamed.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has won a new role in government.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith said she could not comment on Theresa May’s future as prime minister.

A dramatic election night has set the country heading towards a hung parliament, but in Norfolk the story was more about the seats which were successfully defended.

Conservative candidate Chloe Smith has retained her Norwich North seat - but only by a margin of just over 500 votes.

Conservative candidates Keith Simpson and Chloe Smith will be hoping to hold onto their respective seats as the count gets underway for Norwich North and Broadland.

Theresa May has defended the Conservative manifesto saying finding the money to pay the country’s social care bill was “one of the great challenges of our time”.

Prime minister Theresa May has visited Norwich on the final day of General Election campaigning - and told voters that “Brexit is the basis of everything else”.

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 Norwich North 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:

With the general election looming we wanted to give you the chance to quiz Norwich’s candidates.

With polling day looming we want to give you the chance to quiz Norwich’s candidates.

Candidates from across Norfolk were quizzed by 15 to 25 year old’s at a special hustings organised by the Mancroft Advice Project at Norwich OPEN on Tuesday evening.

Young voters in Norfolk are being invited to take part in an election debate in Norwich.

Norwich North is a prized seat for the Conservatives.

Labour activists and candidates had a break from canvassing when musician Billy Bragg headed to Norwich for a special concert.

They are all campaigning for your vote in the General Election, but can you recognise Norfolk’s candidates?

On the morning of April 18 MP and new mum Chloe Smith was enjoying her first day back in Westminster after maternity leave.

Some carefully planned canvassing by the Home Secretary went awry when one Norwich voter demanded “get off my doorstep – I am not voting for you”.

When the list of those standing for Norwich North in the general election was published, the inclusion of a candidate for the Pirate Party UK will no doubt have led some to ask ‘who?’

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Norwich North has described his national leader Jeremy Corbyn as being like marmite to voters.

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

The Conservatives have kicked off their General Election campaign in Norwich following a surge in Tory support for Norfolk County Council.

UKIP has announced it will not be standing any candidates in Norwich in the general election - and urged people to instead ‘lend’ their votes to the Conservatives.

Labour have revealed their slate of candidates in Norfolk and Waveney for next month’s general election.

As party campaigns get underway ahead of the snap election on June 8 we’ve dug out six of the more memorable Norfolk stories from previous elections. From swine flu to naked voters, here’s an indication of what might be in store over the next seven weeks.

Theresa May has said she will be knocking on doors during the campaign for the snap general election on June 8 but she will be hoping that everyone who answers is fully clothed - unlike this man in Norwich.

How badly the political parties wanted your vote at the last General Election in 2015 depended on where you lived.

Theresa May has called a snap election to be held on June 8. Here are the results from each constituency across the region for the 2015 general election.

A 17-year-old girl today tells of the trauma of being forced to wait for seven weeks and then having to travel to London from Norwich for an abortion.

People will have a chance to raise concerns regarding crime, anti-social behaviour and council issues at a super surgery at a supermarket in Sprowston today.

Chloe Smith has urged her male colleagues in Westminster to share parental leave with their partners as she returned to work this week.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis will be on the Mustard TV sofa next week taking your questions.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, whose six month maternity leave comes to an end tomorrow, will take questions from readers next week.

People will have a chance to raise concerns regarding crime, anti-social behaviour and council issues at a super surgery at a supermarket in Sprowston.

A permanent head, an investigation into failures and no more passing the buck - these are some of the things our MPs would like to see happen at Norfolk County Council’s children’s services department.

The identity of Norwich as a fine city is disappearing under new developments and roads.

Chloe Smith has told boundary officials she does not want to be the MP for the Wensum area of the city after the next general election.

Children are unavoidably an extension of us, their parents.

One of the most high-profile campaigners for more women in parliament has hit back at a Daily Mail columnist who criticised Norwich MP Chloe Smith and Speaker John Bercow for encouraging her to bring her baby Alastair into the House of Commons chamber this week.

Norwich MP Chloe Smith’s baby Alastair made history as first infant of a Conservative MP to be taken into the House of Commons chamber.

Chloe Smith will return to Westminster to give her backing to the “exceptional” Brexit bill which will be put to MPs for the first time next week.

A new law to give Theresa May the green light to begin divorce proceedings with the European Union passed a major hurdle after an overwhelming majority of MPs gave it their backing.

MPs are currently debating the Brexit bill. These are a few of the key quotes from our elected representatives on the historic bill.

It was a good year for having a punt on an outsider. Political editor Annabelle Dickson looks back at the political outcomes very few would have predicted in 2016.

MPs rarely emerge from a year without upsetting a few people (the same could be said for journalists).

More than 1,000 people have backed a petition calling for Norfolk County Council to put plans for a Pedal Park back on the table for the future of RAF Coltishall.

We have taken a look at thousands of expense claims put in by MPs in 2015-16.

The education secretary has stressed the need for organisations to work together to improve the life chances of children in Norwich.

The education secretary has revealed more details of the government’s flagship initiative to improve the life chances of young people in Norwich.

A nine-year Greater Anglia rail franchise, which has been hailed as a turning point for the region’s trains, begins today.

Affectionately dubbed the Fine City, to most, Norwich is a historic and charming part of the country.

A host of Suffolk and Norfolk leaders have insisted an elected mayor and combined authority “will not necessarily” lead to an additional layer of government.

Extra cash to make Norwich a test bed for a new drive to improve the life chances of children has been welcomed by local leaders.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith and her husband Sandy McFadzean have announced the birth of their son, Alastair Hugh McFadzean.

Extra seats and new facilities have been put in place on trains between Norfolk and London thanks a £12m refurbishment.

An MP has praised a care home that has made improvements following a damning report by inspectors.

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

She may be just nine-years-old but Norwich schoolgirl Daisy Hailey is definitely making her voice heard when it comes to road safety.

Members of parliament from across East Anglia will join forces to lobby the government for better and faster trains for Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

A growing pick-and-pack business is calling for fibre optic broadband to be hooked up to an industrial estate as it says slow speeds are holding it back.

East Anglia’s rail travellers are heading for a revolution in their train journeys over the next five years – but now it’s up to government-owned Network Rail to deliver its side of the bargain.

Each week we put a Norwich resident in the hot seat and ask them ten questions about themselves. This week we spoke with Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North.

The future direction of a community fund that has been placed under the microscope as it heads towards its fourth year.

It was an unmissable display of solidarity that painted Norwich in a rainbow of colours.

Britain risks being bypassed if a new trade agreement is not agreed swiftly, one of the region’s freighters has warned.

Scouts from Norwich visited the home of the Queen and the prime minister during a visit to London.

A Norwich MP has told Parliament that the city needs to get a good deal as the UK starts the process of leaving the European Union.

MPs have quizzed ambulance bosses on handover delays at hospitals and other issues during a meeting in Parliament.

Over the coming hours and days, ambitious MPs and ministers will be checking their phones as Theresa May starts to pick her top team. Political editor annabelle dickson looks at the promotion and demotion prospects of the MPs in our region.

This is what our MPs and MEPs had to say about the news Theresa May will be prime minister by Wednesday.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has called on constituents affected by the recent flooding to get in touch with her.

As a picture of who is supporting who in the leadership contest emerges over the coming days, we will bring you the latest here.

A Norwich landlord has sought help from a local MP after one of his tenants suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage in last week’s floods.

Theresa May has announced today that she wants to be prime minister.

A vote which saw the biggest turnout in the country since 1992 has revealed deep divisions across the UK, and in the region too.

Girls are being urged to consider a career in engineering in a bid to break the pattern which has led the UK to have the lowest proportion of female engineers in Europe.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has described how she has experienced instances of “unacceptable aggression” towards her whilst carrying out constituency work.

Hopes missing voters could return to the ballot box for the European Union referendum on June 23 have been raised amid reports of a surge in registrations.

An MP has raised the prospect of “significant local disruption” if Network Rail presses ahead with planned closures of level crossings, as part of a railway reform across East Anglia.

An MP has raised the prospect of “significant local disruption” if Network Rail presses ahead with planned closures of level crossings, as part of a railway reform across East Anglia.

Norfolk’s new £12m aviation academy was hailed an international leader, as work formally began on the centre designed to train the next generation of aircraft engineers.

Norwich’s council leader has hit back at a city MP who accused him of showing the worst kind of self interest for opposing government plans to increase council house rents for higher earners while living in a council house himself.

Labour MP Clive Lewis’ introduction to Westminster has not been gentle.

Chloe Smith has rejected a move which would have seen the UK take 3,000 more refugees saying there were still one thousand Norfolk children needing a home.

Voters will go to the polls on Thursday to choose who should represent them at Norwich City Council. DAN GRIMMER looks at the fight in the wards of Bowthorpe, Catton Grove and Crome.

Questions will be asked whether or not a tractor driver asked permission to cross a railway line before his vehicle collided with a train, causing major disruption and injuries to passengers.

Efforts to boost the life chances of the poorest children in Norfolk need to be co-ordinated and focused on those most in need, a former education secretary said today.

Norwich’s Labour MP is boycotting today’s roundtable event which is aiming to address the poor life chances of children in the city, claiming it is a “gimmick”.

In case you missed them, here are five stories that caught our eye this week.

As the youngest MP in the House of Commons she once held the unofficial title of Baby of the House

We should protect the disabled and make savings elsewhere, a Norwich MP has said.
Chloe Smith used the budget debate to say that pensioner benefits should be looked at again.

The former Treasury minister sent out to defend George Osborne’s 2012 “omnishambles” budget has backed “honourable” former welfare secretary Iain Duncan-Smith over his decision to resign.

Since devolution plans for East Anglia were announced in George Osborne’s budget on Wednesday, discussion has been rife about who may become the first mayor of East Anglia.

MPs say progress is being made to help service-users of the Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Mental Health Helpline, who will be given access to another support line.

From Boudica to Cathy Dennis, it is an eclectic list of names, representing a huge array of achievements - and all with a strong link to our county.

It is a problem local headteachers have bemoaned for years: the huge gap between the money their schools receive compared to areas like London.

A Norwich MP insists “some progress” has been made in the battle to save a vital mental health support line after health bosses agreed to meet the charity which runs the threatened service.

Here are some of the best reader letters we have seen so far this week, you can join the discussion by commenting below.

Thousands of the next generation of voters have been removed from the electoral roll, a University of East Anglia academic has warned.

A Norwich MP has waded into the debate over the controversial decision to end the funding of a mental health helpline described as “life-saving” by callers.

It has been a long road for some of the MPs taking up their seats in the new Myanmar parliament.

Norwich’s historic prison has been valued at £50.5m in documents which have emerged after justice secretary Michael Gove said he was weighing up a sell-off of city centre Victorian jails.

As the dust settles on the European Union referendum deal and a date of June 23 is declared, this is where our MPs stand on whether we should remain or leave.

Norwich’s social-mobility problem is “deep-rooted” a city MP has told parliament.

The poor prospects of the most disadvantaged children in the region will be debated in parliament today.

The campaigning spirit that secured the dualling of the A11 must be rekindled to make an upgraded A47 a reality, business leaders have been told.

The campaigning spirit that secured the dualling of the A11 must be rekindled to make an upgraded A47 a reality, business leaders have been told.

Schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire will not be forgotten in the national drive to bring teachers to struggling areas, Nicky Morgan has said.

Cyber criminals are costing small and medium-sized businesses thousands of pounds a year, according to new research - though many remain unaware of the dangers.

A shortage of GPs is at the root of the problems faced by the region’s NHS 111 and out-of-hours services, a report by health bosses has revealed.

Not considering online voting is almost immoral, a Norwich MP has said amid calls for the innovation to be introduced in time for the next general election.

Police have contacted the Crown Prosecution Service about whether criminal charges should be brought over a flash fire at an industrial unit which killed two men.

The inquest into Labour’s general election defeat must be digested with an open mind, a former candidate has said.

Norfolk needs more help to attract top quality social workers and must put in a strong bid for a slice of a new £100m fund, MPs from the county have said.

A seven-point plan to turn young aeroplane enthusiasts into the aviation workforce of the future has been launched in parliament.

Hospital bosses insist a new system of healthcare is “absolutely necessary” to deal with the growing pressures on our local NHS.

The main rail line between Norwich and London is to be closed for 10 weekends from early February to the middle of April.

From April 2017, larger employers will be required to pay a new levy of 0.5pc of their total pay bill. But concerns have been raised. Business writer SABAH MEDDINGS reports.

A union claims not enough is being done to improve mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Extra funding for free childcare is a huge opportunity for Norwich which must be grasped, MP Chloe Smith has said as she held a summit to address a shortage of places.

The four-year battle over a disability assessment centre which could not be used by many disabled people appears to have come to an end.

Norfolk and Suffolk mental health services would have almost £70m a year more if they were treated in the same way as physical health, the Norwich South MP has claimed.

What can be done to make Norwich a better place? That’s the question Norwich North MP Chloe Smith will be asking young people in Starbucks on Friday.

Train services in the region have not been delivered as well as they should have been, the rail minister has said.

Transforming underused brownfield sites into new homes could be one of the solutions to the country’s housing shortage, a minister has said.

The “grim” experience of passengers on the region’s rail lines will be spelled out to the rail minister when she visits Norwich today.

The delayed £35m track upgrade which could see more trains from King’s Lynn and Norwich to Cambridge is a “tiny amount” in the government’s vast rail budget, an MP has said as he urged a rethink.

See which lobby your MP went through in the vote on Syria air strikes.

A group of young people who have rallied their school to fight climate change have written to the prime minister urging action at UN talks.

Hospital bosses are drawing up plans to keep patient-disruption to a minimum after junior doctors voted overwhelmingly to strike for three days over a contract row with the government.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will be given support over the winter if junior doctors go on strike, a health minister has said.

New sanctions will be introduced on illegal immigration under a bill backed by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith.

Companies have been warned they are responsible for protecting personal data in the wake of a cyber attack at Norwich Airport.

Norfolk has been given a stark reminder of the pressures on the NHS as a leaked email describes the ‘critical situation’ at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N&N).

A government consultation which could lead to increased funding for our region’s schools is likely to begin early next year, the education secretary has indicated.

MP Norman Lamb been named as one of parliament’s MPs of the year.

Small businesses want to take on young people – but the barriers remain, entrepreneurs said as they brought views from the coal face to Westminster lawmakers.

Trade union members from the region have headed to Westminster to urge their MPs to vote against a bill they claim will clamp down on British workers’ democratic right to strike.

The transport secretary will hold talks with the troubleshooting new boss of Network Rail about the upgrades to the Norwich to London rail track to make journeys faster and more reliable.

The concerns of young people from Norwich about how they could be helped to find work have been raised in the House of Commons.

Commuters, passenger groups and MPs have thrown down the gauntlet to the region’s train bosses after an investigation revealed details of areas in which the service continues to perform poorly.

Here are some of the best reader letters we have seen so far this week, you can join the discussion by commenting below.

Employers have been urged to highlight the barriers preventing them from growing and employing more young people.

The anticipation for the long awaited opening of Norwich’s new Ikea store continues to grow, as new signs of the experimental branch’s completion steadily come to light.

‘Everything I have is gone, I’m at rock bottom’.

These were the words today of a Norwich man made sick because of contaminated blood given to him by the NHS as he faced bailiff action over an unpaid council tax bill - which he claims he can’t pay because of his illness.

Norfolk County Council is preparing to support the national response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

A training centre that helps vulnerable teenagers has been “overwhelmed” with messages of support since its funding was cut.

There’s an extremely serious vote coming up in Parliament: on Assisted Dying. Readers may shudder at this – it’s a hard one. We think of what we would want for our loved ones or ourselves.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith is demanding “prompt and tough” action to end the eight-year wrangle over Thorpe Island.

Health bosses have hailed the community effort behind the re-opening of a Norwich walk-in centre.

Rail companies which want to run trains between Norwich and London will today be grilled on whether their ambitions match those of passengers who demand improvements.

More than 1,000 track defects on one of the region’s busiest rail routes were identified last year – the equivalent of three faults per day.

Fifty brave women have stripped off in front of the camera to show how having breast surgery does not impact their femininity.

MPs and business leaders who have been campaigning to improve rail services between London and East Anglia have been given a cast-iron guarantee that spending cuts will not delay the work.

The UK’s immigration minister has signalled that a Polish criminal who firebombed a Norwich nightclub and attacked two NHS staff could remain in the country for another year-and-a-half.

A search has begun to find the business leaders of the future in a bid to secure employment in the region for decades to come.

A 10-year-old aspiring law maker has “wowed” politicians on a visit to the corridors of power with her pitch to give parents a day off to spend time with their children.

The “extraordinary” 700-name petition calling for stand-in ambulance boss Anthony Marsh to stay cannot be dismissed, a Norfolk MP and former health minister has said as paramedics descended on parliament to raise their concerns about losing their leader.

MPs from across the country rounded on the Government over its “shabby” announcement that help for the victims of the contaminated blood scandal will be delayed.

Victims of the NHS blood scandal have reacted with anger and disappointment after the government announced a delay in spending £25m to help those affected.

The extent of the nuisance call menace plaguing the city is laid bare in a new survey which identifies Norwich as the second worst hotspot in the UK.

More than 120 bright pupils from sixth forms across Norfolk and north Suffolk have seen their chances of winning places at some of the UK’s top universities boosted by five days of intensive tuition at a private school.

A students union has warned changes to grants could cause more students to drop out of university.

A fresh bid to represent the issues facing air ambulance charities across the country has been announced.

This week’s budget will show our region lags behind the likes of Manchester in devolution plans. Political editor ANNABELLE DICKSON asks: is East Anglia missing out?

MPs were handed thousands of pounds by businesses, private donors and trade unions in the run up to the election, the latest official record of MP interests shows.

City Hall has been accused of snubbing MP Chloe Smith after her election victory was left out of the council’s official magazine.

Sixteen-year-olds should have the vote - but not in the European Union referendum, Chloe Smith has said.

It is often bemoaned that politicians are getting younger and have no experience of life in wider society.

A Norwich MP has written to the minister responsible for mental health funding and the county’s clinical commissioning groups after funding for a helpline was not renewed.

Nearly 30 staff based at Norwich Airport face being left with neither a job nor redundancy money next month because of a dispute involving two helicopter firms.

A Norwich walk-in centre has reopened at its new location after moving overnight.

Improving response times shows a system shake-up within East of England Ambulance Service is working, according to one of its senior directors.

Our investigation has highlighted the many ways the region’s victims of the contaminated blood scandal continue to be failed decades on. Today investigations editor David Powles outlines the improvements needed, while the government gives its side of the story.

Norwich’s walk-in health centre will finally move into a new location next week, after more than a year of uncertainty over its fate.

A judge has told of his astonishment that a Polish criminal sentenced to be deported a year ago remained in Norfolk and went on to savagely attack two NHS workers.

A wall of yellow and green is set to be constructed at Carrow Road to repel Ipswich Town – and push Norwich City a giant stride closer to the Premier League.

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.

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.

One Norfolk election count has been heavily criticised after it took almost 12 hours to declare two MPs.

Elizabeth Truss has held her seat in South West Norfolk and increased her majority by more than 1,700 votes.

As the night unfolds, here is a guide from political editor Annabelle Dickson of a few of the seats, both locally and nationally, to keep an eye on.

East Anglia has trumped the national average and recorded a 13.4pc rise in new businesses over the last parliamentary term, according to research.

Parties of all colours are making a last dash to woo voters in the final hours before the polls open.

The fight for Norwich North is on a knife edge - but Labour could just edge it, a new poll suggests.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the Norwich North hopefuls answer your questions.

The Royal British Legion’s Jubilee Hall has been sold - but the Norwich building will remain a community asset its new owners have vowed today.

An election hopeful has said she will continue to campaign and deliver leaflets despite a faceless death threat being made against her on Facebook. It is the latest in a series of abuse faced by candidates.

Life should mean life - that is a call being made after the sentencing of a serial sex attacker who could be free in 10 years despite being given a life sentence.

Would you name your child after an inspiring politician - Margaret, Tony, Bill or even Cameron?

Jessica Asato has admitted making the most unlikely toasts – to a Tory peer.

Woman power was mobilised by Chloe Smith yesterday as she drafted in female cabinet ministers past and present to help her in her bid for re-election.

Conservative Chloe Smith has been the unlikely target of a socialist spoof.

“There is a place, a job and a role for everybody of every talent in this region and we need to make sure that there are opportunities for these people.”

A new lifesaving helicopter which would have room for the parent of an injured child will come to Norwich, the Chancellor will announce today when he is expected to hand £1.7m of banking fines to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

As the general election draws nearer, candidates are finding innovative ways of paying for their politics.

He has known his fair share of set backs and now he has come to Norwich to push the vote in Labour’s favour.

A £10m bid to protect hundreds of city homes from devastating flooding has been taken to the government.

A new opinion poll has put Labour slightly ahead of the sitting Conservative MP in Norwich North.

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