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Deborah McGurran, Political editor, East of England

Deborah McGurran Political editor, East of England

This is where you can come for my take on politics with an eastern twist - from Lowestoft to Luton

War images stop MPs in their tracks

  • 27 February 2015
  • From the section England
Photograph from the exhibition by soldiers based at the Colchester garrison
The exhibition features a range of photographs and drawings from soldiers based at the Colchester garrison

Normally MPs hurry along the Westminster corridor where select committee meetings are held, but this week they've been stopped in their tracks by an exhibition created by veterans based at the Colchester garrison.

Hanging on walls, resembling a military dugout, are pencil drawings of soldiers fighting or lying injured.

There is a photograph of a naked and crying baby in the arms of two members of the parachute regiment and standing next to it a pair of scorched camouflaged trousers - the person who had been wearing them caught in an explosion in Helmand.

Around the corner is a prosthetic leg and above it, a chilling photograph taken on a mobile phone of the original leg shortly after it had been blown off.

In a display cabinet, a series of drawings - one shows a tear-stained face and has the caption " feeling like your (sic) always trying to escape but you don't know from what."

'Raw emotions'

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NHS England turn down MPs road trip offer

  • 6 February 2015
  • From the section England
Lister Hospital
MPs call for radiotherapy services at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage

In contemporary films and literature the offer of a road trip is never to be passed up, but it seems officials at NHS England have no wish to go on this voyage of discovery - much to the frustration of the MP for North East Hertfordshire.

Sir Oliver Heald has revealed that he has offered to drive NHS officials between Stevenage and the Mount Vernon hospital in north London on seven different occasions during the day to prove the journey cannot be done in 45 minutes. So far, they've failed to take him up on the offer.

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General election 2015: 100 days to go

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section England
General election 2015 graphic featuring Westminster
There are 14 target seats in the east

The grids have been drawn up, the campaign is already under way. With the forthcoming election too close to call, for the next 100 days the parties will be throwing everything at trying to win.

This will be a carefully targeted battle; in many parts of the eastern region, there will be hardly any campaigning at all.

Read full article General election 2015: 100 days to go

European Union: "Referendum" reveals "yes" vote to leaving the EU

  • 23 January 2015
  • From the section England
Local EU Referendum results at Downing Street
Northamptonshire Conservatives Tom Purslglove. Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone deliver the results of their EU referendum to Downing Street

They're claiming it's the first EU referendum in 40 years. Two of the region's MPs and neighbouring parliamentary candidate, Tom Pursglove, have been polling three constituencies in Northamptonshire.

And, hold the front page, the majority of people who responded said they would vote to leave the EU.

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East of England councils under budget pressures

  • 19 December 2014
  • From the section England
Refuse lorry
Sharing services like refuse collection has helped some councils balance their books

Our roads, our refuse, our libraries - all services provided by local authorities. Councils are now working out how to balance their books after being told how much they will get in income from central government next year.

The government says councils will see their spending power reduced on average by 1.8%.

Read full article East of England councils under budget pressures

Rail consultation may open floodgate

  • 12 December 2014
  • From the section England
Abelio Greater Anglia train
Passengers in East Anglia are being asked what they think of their service

We hope Claire Perry knows what she's letting herself in for.

For the Rail Minister is asking passengers in East Anglia for comments about the service they receive and how it could be made better, which in our neck of the woods is surely asking for trouble.

Read full article Rail consultation may open floodgate

East of England investment set for roads and railways

  • 3 December 2014
  • From the section England
David Cameron standing by the A47 in Norfolk
David Cameron announces £500 million worth of investment in the A47

So important was the A47 announcement that the prime minister came to Norfolk on a wintry December morning to announce the pre-Autumn Statement giveaway.

"The green light is on from now, the money to do this job can start to be spent now," David Cameron told us.

Read full article East of England investment set for roads and railways

'Beautiful' Harlow blighted by illegal traveller sites, says MP Robert Halfon

  • 27 November 2014
  • From the section England
Caravans on roadside
Essex Police and the county's Crime Commissioner said appropriate action had been taken over the sites

Harlow is being spoilt by illegal traveller encampments, according to the town's MP, who is calling for tougher action to remove unauthorised sites.

In a debate at Westminster, Robert Halfon highlighted the distress the issue was causing, saying it had caused residents "misery" over the past year, when 81 illegal encampments had been set up in Harlow.

Read full article 'Beautiful' Harlow blighted by illegal traveller sites, says MP Robert Halfon

More Power to the East: The devolution debate

  • 5 November 2014
  • From the section England
Big Ben
Will more power be devolved to the east?

Devolution and the East of England do not necessarily feel like a natural fit.

We are a disparate region of shire councils and market towns, small cities and countryside.

Read full article More Power to the East: The devolution debate

Norwich to London rail line 'needs £400m'

  • 29 October 2014
  • From the section England
Aerial view of Norwich Railway Station
There's a compelling case for more cash for the rail route to Norwich, says one MP

It must be a busy time for the staff who work in the post room at the treasury.

Every day, it seems, another plea for money for an important infrastructure project is sent to the chancellor as he puts the finishing touches to his Autumn Statement.

Read full article Norwich to London rail line 'needs £400m'

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About Deborah

Deborah McGurran is BBC East's political editor, based in Norwich.

She has worked in regional TV since 1990 when she began as a regional journalist for North West Tonight.

She has been editor for a decade and was nominated for an RTS for the expenses scandal story on Margaret Moran.

She moved to Essex with her family and started working in the east 15 years ago.

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