Why Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley had to resign
It is a cruel fact of political life that when an MP is forced to stand down it is the scandal the public generally remembers rather than anything else about their career.
Those are the unfortunate circumstances surrounding David Ruffley, who has announced his resignation after being arrested and accepting a police caution for assaulting his former partner.
For 17 years he has been a highly engaged MP. He won his seat in Bury St Edmunds with a majority of under 400 in 1997. Last time round he held it with a majority of more than 12,000.
A former advisor to Ken Clarke, he became a specialist in financial matters and for many years was a respected member of the Treasury Select Committee. He became a party whip and while in opposition held a couple of shadow ministerial positions.
In recent years he played a large role in forcing banks to lend to small businesses in the region, he was behind the successful campaign to stop the A14 becoming a toll road and he championed the not so successful attempt to make St Edmund the patron saint of England.
Cash boost to build east region science base
Science is what the east region wants to be known for these days and that transformation has been given a boost by two major new projects.
The government is investing a total of £26m in Norwich Research Park, while in nearby Downham Market in Norfolk, there are ambitious plans for a £170m science park.
Elizabeth Truss joins the cabinet table in reshuffle
Imagine the scene. It's late at night at the Conservative Party Conference and the then transport secretary, Phillip Hammond, is just about to call it a night, when rounding the corner, he finds his path barred by Elizabeth Truss.
"Give me a break," he pleads: "I know you want the A11 dualled."
Millions of pounds of new funding for the East
Hundreds of millions of pounds of government funding has been announced for our region and more than half of it will be spent within the next year.
This is a big award, which business leaders say will make a big difference, making it easier for local businesses to grow and the local workforce to be trained.
Norfolk's burning incinerator issue: How much did councillors know?
The fallout from the failed waste incinerator project in west Norfolk continues - with questions now being asked over how much councillors were told about government concerns with the project.
Last week we reported that Bronwyn Hill, the permanent secretary of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), told MPs that her department had written to Norfolk County Council before the contract had been signed expressing fears the authority may not be able to meet the necessary deadlines.
Outrage at incinerator plan "trainwreck"
"Ludicrous...daft...a train wreck". Just three of the terms used by members of the Public Accounts Committee to describe the failed waste incinerator project for Kings Lynn.
With Norfolk County Council facing a compensation bill of more than thirty million pounds, there is a blame game underway.
Rushden Lakes development: MPs fall out over plans
Adjournment debates in the House of Commons are normally fairly straightforward affairs. Some might even suggest that they can be quite dull: twenty minutes at the end of the day for an MP to draw a minister's attention (and that of the one or two other people still in the chamber) to an issue close to his or her heart.
The debate to thank the minister for approving the Rushden Lakes development in Northamptonshire (it's going to become a retail and leisure park) looked as if would be one of those which would be quickly forgotten.
New A14 junction 'needed to unlock development'
It already has a name, it has already has an exact location on a map, and several hundreds of thousands of pounds have been spent assessing its benefits but as yet, no one knows when Junction 10A on the infamous A14 will actually be built.
The plans for a new access road to the east of Kettering have been talked about seriously for the last five years but without any government funding it can't be built. And the lack of a new junction puts the plans to build 5,500 new homes and a new energy park at risk.
UKIP tops Euro vote in the East
It was no great surprise that UKIP topped the poll in the European elections but it confirms that the party is now a major player on the region's political scene.
Their share of the vote here rose to 34.5%, an increase of 14.9%, which delivered them a coveted third seat, in addition to the two they successfully defended.
Lord Hanningfield: Disgraced Essex peer barred from Lords
His office has been locked, he isn't even allowed to visit the House of Lords tea room. Lord Hanningfield is banned from the parliamentary estate for the next year.
"Suspension until the end of this Parliament is the maximum sanction available to the House," the Chairman of the Privileges and Conduct Committee, Lord Sewell, told peers.