Anglia Late Edition - July 2014

Anglia Late Edition is the monthly ITV Anglia politics programme with Alastair Stewart
Anglia Late Edition is the monthly ITV Anglia politics programme with Alastair Stewart Photo: ITV Anglia

This month's Anglia Late Edition looked at the impact and consequences of the widespread public sector strikes on Thursday 11 July 2014. It prompted strong reaction on both sides of the debate some arguing on the right to strike over pay and conditions while others cited the public interest of keeping vital services running.

The Prime Minister has pledged to include in the next Conservative manifesto a law to ensure there is a minimum turnout threshold in strike ballots held by unions.

Alastair Stewart debated the issues affecting the Anglia region with a studio panel of local politicians.

  • Therese Coffey is the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal
  • Jess Asato is the prospective Labour candidate for Norwich North at the next General Election
  • Sir Bob Russell is the longest-serving Liberal Democrat MP in the Anglia region and represents Colchester
Riders make their way up the short climb in the village of Finchingfield during the Tour de France.
Riders make their way up the short climb in the village of Finchingfield in Essex during stage three of the Tour de France. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The programme also looked at the economic impact of the Tour de France racing through Cambridgeshire and Essex on Monday as well as initiatives from the government and opposition to help the local economy.

Baroness Trumpington before the State Opening of Parliament in June 2014
Baroness Trumpington before the State Opening of Parliament in June 2014 Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire

Lady Trumpington is one of the Anglia region's longest-serving politicians and at 91 has just published a memoir called Coming Up Trumps.

The redoubtable Baroness met Lloyd George, was a wartime codebreaker at Bletchley Park, mayor of Cambridge and government minister under Margaret Thatcher.

She famously was caught on camera using a somewhat unparliamentary gesture to a fellow Tory frontbencher when he inadvertently suggested she was looking old.

Watch Phil Hornby's interview with Baroness Trumpington by clicking below