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New Conservative MEP appointed for East of England

The East of England has a new Conservative Euro MP after the previous one was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Chelmsford.

Businessman John Flack has taken his seat at the European Parliament which sits in Strasbourg and Brussels.

Vicky Ford won in Chelmsford in the General Election and can't sit in both parliaments so had to stand down as an MEP. That means the next Conservative candidate on the party list at the last European election in 2013 is appointed as a replacement.

John Flack has been appointed the new Conservative MEP for the East of England.

“I was born and bred in the region and my family can be traced back here for 14 generations as farmers on the Essex/Cambridgeshire border. It really is a privilege to represent my home region which I know so well.”

“This is a crucial time for the East of England as we try to make the most the opportunities that leaving the European Union presents us. As an MEP I will work towards achieving the best deal for the region.”

– John Flack MEP

The East of England is represented by two other Conservative MEPs in the European Parliament; Geoffrey Van Orden and David Campbell Bannerman.

Cambridge MP said he'll remain committed to Labour

Zeichner said he's "a passionate pro-European and a straight-forward politician." Credit: ITV News Anglia

MP Daniel Zeichner said he'll remain committed to fighting for both Cambridge and Labour after resigning from the party's frontbench over the party's policy on Brexit.

The Labour MP stepped down from his position as Shadow Transport Minister in order to vote in favour of an amendment to the Queen's Speech supporting the UK's membership of the single market - despite leader Jeremy Corbyn telling MPs to abstain.

Mr Zeichner said it's been an honour to serve on the frontbench under Jeremy Corbyn.

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Backbencher Heidi Allen to back Queen's speech despite 'anger' over DUP deal

Heidi Allen criticised her party's £1 billion deal with the DUP.

A Tory backbencher has criticised her party's £1 billion deal with the DUP, telling the Commons: "I can barely put into words my anger."

Heidi Allen said the Tories should have pushed ahead as a minority government without an agreement to secure the support of the 10 DUP MPs, expressing her "distaste" for using taxpayers' funds to "garner political control".

Ms Allen (South Cambridgeshire) also warned her party "must change" by putting "people at the heart of everything we do". But she indicated she would not vote against the Queen's Speech.

Essex MP refuses to rule out Tory leadership bid

She was speaking on Peston on Sunday. Credit: Peston on Sunday.

The Essex MP Priti Patel has refused to directly deny speculation that she could run for the Conservative party leadership.

The Witham MP's appearance on Peston on Sunday came after reports in the press suggesting she could be one of the next generation of Tories in line for a leadership challenge.

Ms Patel insisted the Government's Brexit negotiating position was unchanged and refused to be drawn on any leadership ambitions.

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