An MP says he's concerned about the safety of the region's schoolchildren after figures showed a large cut in the number of lollipop ladies.
MP Peter Bone insists he is "totally innocent" of allegations of benefit fraud, after his home was raided by police.
The Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, says we are becoming a society which judges, rather than helps, the poor.
Harlow's MP claims UKIP has done the Conservatives a favour by cleansing the party of people with extreme views.
In an interview with The House magazine, Robert Halfon MP said there was a sinister element to Nigel Farage's UKIP party and accused one of its MEPs of supporting a policy which was "akin to the Nazis".
Mr Farrage dismissed the MP's comments and warned his party could add Harlow to its list of target seats.
Mr Halfon said he was pleased that Tories with "those kinds of views" were defecting to UKIP.
"In many ways UKIP have done us an enormous favour because they're cleansing people from the Tory party that had these kinds of views, which is great because I don't want people who have those kinds of views in my party. So good luck to them, really," he said.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has been in Bedford promoting the Government's flagship 'Help to Buy' scheme.
New figures released by the Government show more than 2,000 people in the east have bought homes under the programme.
Bedfordshire leads the way with 375 completed sales, while the scheme is also popular in Peterborough with almost 200 homes bought.
"What it means is that young people who can afford a mortgage payment, but don't have a rich mum and dad and can't afford a deposit, it means that they can buy a home of their own," the Prime Minister told ITV News Anglia.
"They can get that piece of mind and stability that home ownership brings."
Wellingborough MP Peter Bone has called on the Prime Minister to speed up the decision on a £50 million retail development in Northamptonshire.
Last month the Government delayed the decision on whether or not to approve the Rushden Lakes development.
The proposals, which include shops and leisure facilities, have already been agreed by East Northamptonshire Council but the final decision rests with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Peter Bone MP asked the Prime Minister:
"I've never known of a development that has so much public support. Could the Prime Minister use his best efforts to ensure that the outcome of the public inquiry is announced as soon as possible?"
In response, David Cameron said:
"I know my honourable friend campaigns vigorously for his constituents and for local businesses and for job-creating developments like this one.
"As I'm sure he is aware, I'm not able to get involved in specific planning decisions but I understand that a decision on this application will be made as soon as possible."
Wellingborough MP Peter Bone has published a detailed account of his "nightmare at the hands of the police" after his home was raided over benefit fraud allegations.
He said he was first made aware of the visit by officers in March last year by a series of "frantic messages" from his wife.
He said: "What was causing the upset was that three police officers had raided our home without any warning."
The region's longest serving MP will stand in the next General Election.
The executive committee of the Saffron Walden Conservative Association in Essex has tonight voted to re-adopt 76-year-old Sir Alan Haselhurst as the Tory candidate next year.
Sir Alan had previously hit out at claims he was too old to be an MP.
It's been just over a year since the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, became Master of Magdalene College Cambridge.
During that time he's worked with the city's foodbank and has told ITV News Anglia that we are in danger of becoming a society which no longer cares for the poor.
Click above to watch his interview with ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper.