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Anglia Late Edition - October 2017

Anglia Late Edition is the regional politics programme for the East of England presented by political correspondent Emma Hutchinson.

Anglia Late Edition debates the problems over Universal Credit and what a potential "no deal" on Brexit would mean for the East of England.

This week, the government faced a potential rebellion of backbench Conservative MPs over the introduction of the new Universal Credit benefit which is replacing a number of separate benefits.

A vote on a Labour proposal to pause the rollout of Universal Credit was passed in the House of Commons 299 vote to zero after Conservative MPs were told to abstain on the issue.

Emma Hutchinson was joined in the studio by Vicky Ford MP (Con), Sandy Martin MP (Lab) and Patrick O'Flynn MEP (Ukip) Credit: ITV Anglia

Emma Hutchinson was joined in the studio by three politicians from the Anglia region.

  • Vicky Ford was a Conservative MEP for the East of England until 2017 when she was elected as MP for Chelmsford
  • Sandy Martin was elected Labour MP for Ipswich in June 2017 and had previously been the Labour leader of Suffolk Council Council
  • Patrick O'Flynn on the of the three UKIP MEPs representing the East of England at European Parliament
There are plans to re-shape most of the parliamentary constituencies in the country to reduce the number of MPs. Credit: Boundary Commission for England

The programme also discuss the continuing negotiations between Britain and the European Union over Brexit and what the impact would be on the East of England if there was no trade deal in place at the end of the process.

Most of the parliamentary constituencies in the Anglia region face being re-mapped to balance out population changes and to cut the overall number of MPs in the House of Commons from 650 to 600.

The East of England will lose one MP if the boundary changes go ahead although without a government majority the plans may not be approved.

Details of the proposed changes are on the Boundary Commission website

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