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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

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%.

Spending power can be described as the amount councils receive, which includes income from council tax, business rates and other grants.

It also includes money the government gives them for ring-fenced projects such as public health and joint work with the NHS on adult social care.

The Local Government Association says councils will get almost 9% less from the government and services would suffer.

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'

Fresh calls to send foreign prisoners home

  • 17 October 2014
  • From the section England
Prisoner inside a cell
There are 10,837 foreign national offenders in our prisons which make up 13% of the prison population, said Philip Hollobone MP

The issue of foreign prisoners in England's jails has long been a contentious one.

It cost Charles Clarke his job as home secretary when back in 2006 it emerged that more than 1,000 foreign prisoners who should have been deported hadn't been. It's also been the subject of several select committee inquiries.

Read full article Fresh calls to send foreign prisoners home

The Clacton by-election campaign gets into full swing

  • 18 September 2014
  • From the section England
People on a bench

It is three weeks since Douglas Carswell's resignation and the by-election campaign in Clacton is now well underway.

The candidates have been picked, dozens of activists are out leafleting and shoppers are getting used to being accosted by journalists and politicians.

Read full article The Clacton by-election campaign gets into full swing

High noon for UKIP in Clacton

  • 1 September 2014
  • From the section England
Douglas Carswell
Douglas Carswell is a popular figure in Clacton, an opinion poll suggests

As he stood outside McDonalds in the centre of Clacton, the UKIP leader Nigel Farage was clear about the importance of the forthcoming by-election.

"This is high noon," he declared. "There is a lot at stake. This matters an awful lot to UKIP and the Eurosceptic movement."

Read full article High noon for UKIP in Clacton

No fun in the sun for politicians

  • 7 August 2014
  • From the section England
Penny Mordaunt
Coastal communities minister Penny Mordaunt visited Mobbs Way Business Park in Lowestoft

It should be the time for sun and sangria but instead it's statistics and a slew of announcements - it seems there's no time off for politicians this summer.

That's why, brolly in hand on a drab morning, new coastal communities minister Penny Mordaunt found herself in Lowestoft visiting a new business park.

Read full article No fun in the sun for politicians

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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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