It's probably fair to say that more than anywhere else in the region, travel plays the largest part in the lives of the people of Essex.
It has some of the busiest commuter railway stations in the South East, its roads are packed with freight from the many factories and distribution centres in the county. In addition, there's the Port of Harwich, which generates plenty of traffic, as do airports at Southend and Stansted.
There have always been bodies overseeing the work of the police, from Justices of the Peace, to "Watch Committees" but it's been the work of police authorities since 1964. Now they're to be replaced by a single Police and Crime Commissioner.
Suffolk is one of the region's smallest forces with 1174 officers. Last year, however, it had the largest decrease in police officer strength in the east, losing 3% of its officers. It also has fewer officers per thousand of population than anywhere else in the region.
If you think your weekly rail ticket is too high, your train carriage too old and your journey time too slow, here's something that will depress you even further; you're subsidising passengers in other parts of the country to use trains there.
Figures obtained by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer show that every time passengers in the east use the train, part of their fare goes towards paying Greater Anglia's franchise payment.
The Green Party has chosen a new leader and the east has lost a national figure in the form of Adrian Ramsay, who has stepped down as the party's deputy.
The man who began campaigning for the Greens before he was even old enough to vote, led his party to become the main opposition on Norwich City Council but now he has decided it's time to re-focus his priorities.
If there was a perception in Corby that outgoing MP Louise Mensch wasn't around very much, then the new candidates hope not to repeat the mistake.
The main candidates in the forthcoming by-election have been going out of their way to stress their local connections (even though none of them actually live in the constituency) and to promise that if they're elected things will be different.
Compulsory national service came to an end in this country in 1960 but it may surprise you to learn that more than 30,000 young people have signed up this summer for the government's new voluntary National Citizen Service.
Launched last year, it is aimed at 16 and 17 year olds.
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