Election 2015: Time for the east to decide

  • 1 May 2015
  • From the section England
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

It's decision time. After the best part of six months of campaigning, manifesto launches, policy announcements and big name visits, there's little more that the parties can do. It's now up to people across the east to make up their minds.

"There are more undecideds this year than in 2010," Chris Hanretty from the University of East Anglia said.

"I think one of the problems is that people aren't just deciding who they want in their seat - they're also thinking about who they want to run the country and this year, with all this talk about alliances and coalitions, that's far more complicated.

"I expect the number of undecideds to tail-off rapidly over the next few days as people somehow or other make their decisions."

Third river crossing

We outlined the main issues facing the east in a previous blog and looking at where the "big names" have visited, it's clear which seats the parties care most about.

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Road tolls: Paying more to use our A roads

  • 22 April 2015
  • From the section England
David Cameron standing by the A47 in Norfolk
David Cameron by the A47, one of the roads where it is claimed charges were being considered

The denials were swift and explicit. "Complete fantasy", said Secretary of State Patrick McCloughlin. "Nonsense", said his colleague Robert Goodwill.

But might there just be some truth in the Liberal Democrat's claim that two years ago the Conservatives considered charging motorists for using some of the region's A roads?

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Manifesto promises for the East of England

  • 17 April 2015
  • From the section England
Sizewell
All the parties, except the Greens, support nuclear power and a new power station at Sizewell in Suffolk

If the manifestos have told us anything this week, it is that the main political parties have different views on some of the big issues affecting the eastern region.

While their views on how best to tackle the deficit will influence how many people vote, their stance on things like transport, energy, the environment and immigration could sway a number of undecided voters.

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Liberal Democrats cry foul in election race

  • 10 April 2015
  • From the section England
Polling station sign

You know an election is in full swing when the parties start accusing each other of using dirty tricks. The first people to scream foul this year are the Liberal Democrats.

The veteran campaigner Baroness Shirley Williams has accused the Conservatives of targeting safe Liberal Democrat seats with the aim of "taking out" some of its senior figures.

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Election 2015 in the east gets under way

  • 30 March 2015
  • From the section England
Houses of Parliament at sunset, London

We can learn a lot about the forthcoming election campaign here in the east by looking at what happened in Lowestoft last week.

At exactly the same time, both Transport Secretary, Patrick McCloughlin and the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves, turned up for a spot of campaigning.

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The budget for the East

  • 22 March 2015
  • From the section England
Offshore platform
Tax has been cut for the oil and gas industry putting more money in people's pockets

The oil industry in the East and Cambridgeshire's councils are the region's main beneficiaries from the coalition's last budget.

The budget's headlines were changes to personal tax allowances and the freeze in fuel duty, which should mean more money in our pockets, but there was an assortment of measures affecting the East.

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Lowestoft Lake Lothing: No third crossing blights town

  • 12 March 2015
  • From the section England
Aerial view of Bascule Bridge, Lowestoft
The challenge of building the third crossing has been considered many times over the years

For nearly 80 years the case has been made for a third crossing over Lake Lothing in Lowestoft, but requests to governments of all persuasions have fallen on deaf ears.

The proposed improvements to the A47 should finally trigger that development, according to the town's MP.

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Neil Kinnock in Norwich gives as good as he gets

  • 6 March 2015
  • From the section England
Neil Kinnock
"The substance of policy will make a terrific difference," said Lord Kinnock during his visit to Norwich

For just a moment or two it looked as if things might turn nasty: "He's not inclined to vote?" asked the former Labour leader with incredulity.

He then turned back towards the door which had just been slammed in his face and shouted: "People died to give you the vote mate," before storming off.

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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.

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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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