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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    That's it for BBC Suffolk Live for Thursday.

    We'll have news, sport, weather and much more again from 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Ben Gummer backing Theresa May for PM

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Ipswich's Tory MP Ben Gummer is throwing his weight behind Theresa May's campaign to become the next Conservative Party leader... and therefore the new prime minister.

    Theresa May

    "I believe that the only way we're going to restore faith in politics is to have someone of integrity and who has shown a pattern of honesty and decency through their life, and she has demonstrated that," he said.

    "She commands respect from people, even if they don't agree with her."

  3. Devolution deal: What it means for Norfolk and Suffolk

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Suffolk County Council has given its blessing to the proposal to create a devolved authority covering Norfolk and Suffolk.

    It would mean:

    • a directly elected mayor for the two counties
    • control of a £225m budget over five years for transport infrastructure
    • control of a £130m budget over five years to support house-building
    • control of a £750m budget over 30 years for economic development

    All local councils need to indicate whether they will back the proposal before it goes out to public consultation - which would then be considered by the government.

    East of England
  4. Ben Gummer: Westminster 'behaving like a student union'

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Ipswich's Conservative MP Ben Gummer says he is "embarrassed" by what is happening in Westminster since the EU Referendum.

    Ben Gummer

    "The whole of Parliament is showing itself in an extremely poor light at the moment," he said.

    "Isn't there a deep irony that people voted this time last week thinking that they were passing more control to Westminster, I happen to think that belief was mistaken, and here we have Westminster behaving like a student union.

    "It is not a pretty sight and I feel that people deserve better, and expect better."

  5. Suffolk supports motion to stamp out hate crime after 'tensions raised'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Suffolk County Councillors have pledged to stamp out hate crime and welcome contributions of people from all countries, faiths and cultures, after concerns that "community tensions were raised in some parts of the county".

    The full council overwhelmingly agreed the motion this morning.    

    Endeavour House

    The motion said: “As a key organisation for Suffolk which works with others to support some of the most vulnerable communities in our county from illegal discrimination, exploitation and marginalisation, we are very concerned about the recent upsurge in attacks on non-UK nationals over the last few days.

    “We are worried that community tensions have been raised... encouraging a small minority to commit acts of vandalism and verbal and physical violence.

    “We want to avoid any such incidents in Suffolk – a county which has a proud tradition of welcoming people from a broad range of countries, cultures and faith systems."

  6. Teacher recruitment: Why is it so difficult?

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    So why is it so difficult to recruit and retain teachers? Nationally there's a high vacancy rate for teachers of maths, science and English.

    Schoolchildren in class

    Graham White, of the National Union of Teachers, told BBC Suffolk that times have changed, and that pressures are increasing all the time on staff.

    He said: "When I first started teaching, we had a break time, and we had a lunch time and we used to sit and chat and play cards or whatever, and have some time, but that doesn't happen now."

  7. Saxmundham: Public meeting to talk through future of The White Hart

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    People in Saxmundham are being urged to attend a meeting this evening to discuss plans to set up a community pub in the High Street. 

    The White Hart has been shut for four years and was recently put up for sale.

    White Hart pub

    It's been given "community asset" status, which means residents can now make a bid to buy it. 

    But there are fears it could be converted into flats, if a business plan isn't put together soon.  

    The meeting is at 19:30 at the Town Hall.

  8. Mumford adds to Melford coaching team

    Suffolk Free Press

    Jamie Bradbury has joined the coaching staff at Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Long Melford.

    Jules Mumford has added to his coaching ranks at Long Melford
  9. Gove screws Boris out of PM chance

    It seems that the national political picture is moving so quickly that you can barely finish typing an article before the next development occurs.  

  10. Theresa May 'struck all the right notes'

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    There will be five candidates for the Conservative leadership election - Stephen Crabb, Liam Fox, Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May.

    James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk, is supporting Ms May and attended the launch of her campaign this morning.

    James Cartlidge

    "I was incredibly impressed," he said. "I thought that she struck all the right notes, she is a serious candidate, she wants to do the job, she's able to do the job. 

    "She's run the Home Office, which is the hardest department in government, for six years, without blemish. She would be the most credible leader, and would give us serious strong leadership at a time when frankly we need it."

  11. Will SCC save devo from Norwich fears?

    Suffolk County Council will debate devolution this afternoon, following a rejection of the deal by Norwich City Council and Breckland District Council, and the fear of further rejections to come.

    East Anglia map
  12. Who are Suffolk's MPs backing in the Conservative leadership race?

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    It's been a dramatic day in the Conservative leadership race, with Boris Johnson ruling himself out of the running.

    Suffolk MPs Ben Gummer, Therese Coffey, James Cartlidge and Peter Aldous have all chosen to back Theresa May's campaign.

    Theresa May

    Meanwhile, Jo Churchill says she is waiting to speak to all the candidates before she makes her decision. 

    Daniel Poulter had previously backed Mr Johnson, while Matthew Hancock has yet to state a preference.

  13. Lowestoft head on how to solve challenge of filling teacher vacancies

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Being more creative with job adverts and treating staff better will help to solve the challenge of filling teaching vacancies in Suffolk, says Nadia Paczuska, the headteacher of Meadow Primary Academy in Lowestoft .

    Nationally, figures reveal high vacancy rates for science, maths and English. 


    Ms Paczuska said: "I create my own advert, I use social media, and promote positions that I have available in the school.

    "I also use local intelligence to find out where the talent is, make it really appealing for people from outside of Suffolk to come and be the elite bunch who come and make a difference in the area that really most needs it."

  14. Number of teaching posts advertised in Suffolk falls

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    The number of teaching jobs being advertised in Suffolk has fallen over the past year, but there's been nearly a 25% rise in the number of science teacher vacancies.

    The figures aren't huge, though, rising from 41 to 51.

    There was also an increase in the number of adverts for teachers of history (five to eight), business studies (six to seven) and design & technology (14 to 21), according to figures from TeachVac.

    Hands raised in classroom

    The total number of teaching posts advertised in 2015 was 219, compared to 193 the following year. Figures for previous years haven't been available.  

    John Howson, from TeachVac, told BBC Suffolk: "In Suffolk, the National Audit Office pointed out the East of England had the lowest number of trainees per 100,000 pupils of anywhere in the country. 

    "That's a real worry for schools in the longer term, even though in some cases the number of teacher posts they've been advertising this year is slightly down on what it was last year."

  15. Pool: Suffolk player misses out on World title

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Lowestoft's Karl Sutton was beaten 11-4 by Shaun Chipperfield (pictured) in the final of the WEPF World 8-Ball Pool Championship in Blackpool last night.

    Shaun Chipperfield

    Sutton, 28, missed out on becoming only the second player, and first since Jason Twist in 2000, to hold both the European and World titles at the same time.

    In one of the fastest finals in the event's 24-year history, Chipperfield secured the title in little over an hour, to pick up a cheque for £6000.

  16. Terror strike: Mum's agony

    Let's take a look at the papers, and the Ipswich Star leads on the anguish of BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Stephanie Mackentyre, whose daughter was caught up in the aftermath of the attacks in Istanbul.

    Ipswich Star front page