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.

The energy industry here gave a guarded welcome to moves by the Chancellor to cut tax for the oil and gas industry. It's been reeling since the price of oil slumped.

The halving of the oil price since last summer has affected this region.

Scores of companies based in Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and elsewhere provide products and services to oil companies further north. Contracts have been deferred, causing uncertainty.

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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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General election 2015: 100 days to go

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section England
General election 2015 graphic featuring Westminster
There are 14 target seats in the east

The grids have been drawn up, the campaign is already under way. With the forthcoming election too close to call, for the next 100 days the parties will be throwing everything at trying to win.

This will be a carefully targeted battle; in many parts of the eastern region, there will be hardly any campaigning at all.

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European Union: "Referendum" reveals "yes" vote to leaving the EU

  • 23 January 2015
  • From the section England
Local EU Referendum results at Downing Street
Northamptonshire Conservatives Tom Purslglove. Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone deliver the results of their EU referendum to Downing Street

They're claiming it's the first EU referendum in 40 years. Two of the region's MPs and neighbouring parliamentary candidate, Tom Pursglove, have been polling three constituencies in Northamptonshire.

And, hold the front page, the majority of people who responded said they would vote to leave the EU.

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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%.

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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.

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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.

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