The Clacton by-election campaign gets into full swing
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.
Thanks to the Scottish referendum, it's been a fairly low key campaign so far but we have already had the first reports of egg throwing, metaphorically and literally, when William Hague dodged them on his walkabout.
UKIP seized on a Conservative leaflet which asked people what they thought about "local rail and tube services", pointing out that the nearest underground station was 62 miles away.
The Tories said the question had been edited down and was relevant because many people in Clacton work in London.
High noon for UKIP in Clacton
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."
No fun in the sun for politicians
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.
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.
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.