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Government delay funding for Luton Railway station rebuild

Luton MP says there'll be no new station until 2020's Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Luton South MP Gavin Shuker has revealed that the Government have withdrawn their funding to revamp Luton railway station.

On his twitter page he revealed a letter from the Department of Transport stating that the town's rundown railway station will not be given a facelift under the Access for All project until after 2019.


MP announces her intention to stand as Conservative candidate for Mayor

Heidi Allen Credit: ITV News Anglia

The South Cambridgeshire MP has announced her intention to campaign as Conservative candidate for Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

She has said that if she was elected as a Mayor she would combine with the role with being an MP and give a "significant" amount of her mayoral allowance to charity.


Theresa May hosting summit with Polish PM

Theresa May will host a summit with her Polish counterpart Beata Szydlo (right) at Downing Street. Credit: PA

Theresa May is expected to discuss the murder of a Polish man in Essex when she meets with the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo.

40-year-old Arek Jozwik was attacked outside a takeway shop in Harlow in August in a suspected race hate crime.

He suffered fatal head injuries. His death prompted calls for greater measures to protect the Polish community in the UK.

Arek Jozwik. Credit: Submitted

The two Prime Ministers are meeting in Downing Street as Theresa May attempts to build alliances ahead of Brexit negotiations.

Warsaw has raised concerns about attacks against Poles in the UK following the EU referendum, with a rise in incidents of alleged hate crimes including the killing in Harlow.

Justice Secretary: 'Progress being made at HMP Bedford'

Liz Truss is confident improvements are being made at Bedford Prison. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Justice Secretary Liz Truss says improvements are starting to be made at Bedford Prison after a riot took place there earlier this month.

The MP for South West Norfolk spoke during a visit to see a work experience project at Norwich Prison.

Truss told ITV News Anglia that more staff have been recruited and body worn cameras are being rolled out.

Inmates who were involved in the six-hour riot were protesting at the conditions in the jail.

"There are issues across the prison estate, but what we've done, we've trained up new sniffer dogs in detecting psychoactive substances, we're rolling out body-worn cameras across the estate, investing in more frontline staff," Truss said.

"I announced earlier this year that we were recruiting an additional 400 staff in our most challenging prisons and we've now reached half of that target, so we are making progress."

Work to widen the A12 to three lanes set to start by 2020

Work to widen the A12 in Essex from two to three lanes is due to start by 2020. Credit: ITV Anglia

The government has announced the timetable to widen the A12 in Essex.

The main trunk road from London to East Anglia through Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich will be widened from two lanes to three.

The Chelmsford MP Sir Simon Burns has been told by Transport Minister John Hayes that work on the section from Boreham near Chemlsford to Colchester is expected start by March 2020.

The stretch from the M25 to Margaretting will be the next stage of the project and is expected to begin between 2020 and 2025.

‘Widening the A12 from the M25 to Chelmsford and from the Boreham Interchange to Colchester was an election commitment and I am delighted that the work to the North of Chelmsford is expected to commence by March 2020.

"This work is badly needed to relieve congestion and improve connectivity on the main feeder road from London to the East of England and when completed will improve connectivity to and from Chelmsford.

– Sir Simon Burns MP, Chelmsford, Con
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