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Hundreds of students turn out for a #selfie with Boris Johnson

There were amazing scenes at the University of Northampton today.

Hundreds of students turned out to take selfies, cheer and even sing - but it was not a pop-star they were there to see... it was the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson is perhaps the only politician who could spark such excitement.

Matthew Hudson was there for us, click below to watch his report:

Firefighters set to strike for four days over fireworks weekend

Exactly 24 hours from now, firefighters across the East will walk out on strike in a row over pensions.

With Bonfire night just days away and Halloween tomorrow, the strike is falling on one of the busiest weekends of the year for the service.

Fire chiefs are advising the public to remain vigilant.


Corby MP Andy Sawford proposes bill to renationalise parts of the UK's rail network

Andy Sawford MP. Credit: PA

A Labour MP is hoping to renationalise parts of our rail network.

Corby's MP Andy Sawford's 10-minute rule Bill went through its first stage in the Commons today.

It would allow public sector companies to bid against private companies to run rail services.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Labour plan for locals to be given priority in getting new homes

Labour leader Ed Miliband in Milton Keynes to announce a new housing plan. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Russell Hookey

Local people would be given priority in buying new homes in their area under a scheme unveiled by Labour leader Ed Miliband in Milton Keynes.

As part of its commitment to build at least 200,000 homes a year by 2020, Labour would give councils powers to designate Housing Growth Areas for new homes.

And local authorities would be allowed to reserve a proportion of the new homes for first-time buyers from the area, who would have priority access to properties for a period of two months.

"There has been a systematic failure to build the homes our country needs. Too much development land is held as a speculative investment when local people need homes. Too often the trickle of new developments that get completed are snapped up before people from the area can benefit, undermining support for much needed further development. And, for too many young families, the dream of home ownership is fading fast."

– Ed Miliband, Labour leader


Clacton MP re-takes his seat for Ukip

Clacton MP Douglas Carswell taking his seat Credit: HOC

Clacton's new Ukip MP has taken his seat in the House of Commons for the first time later following his historic by-election.

Nigel Farage hailed it an "emotional" moment for Ukip as he watched its first elected MP introduced to Parliament after victory in the Clacton by-election.

The party leader was in the Commons for the first time in more than 30 years to see Douglas Carswell re-take his seat.

Mr Carswell, who triggered the contest after defecting from the Tories, was shepherded into the chamber by former colleagues Zac Goldsmith and Sir Peter Tapsell.

Carswell taking his historic seat in the Commons Credit: HOC

Arriving at Westminster, Mr Farage said he had not been in the Commons since he was 17 - although he has been to the Lords.

Asked if it felt like an emotional moment for the party, he said: "It does. I think it is a moment.

"I am here to represent Ukip and the millions of people who we represent."

As an MEP, Mr Farage does not have automatic access to the parliamentary estate. The House authorities indicated Ukip would have needed to apply for tickets to sit in the public gallery.

New UKIP MP takes up his seat

Douglas Carswell MP arriving at the Commons Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Clacton's new UKIP MP is due to take his seat in the commons for the first time following last week's historic by-election.

Douglas Carswell, who is the party's first elected MP, defected from the Conservatives in August.

He took the seat with a majority of more than 12,000.

He will be sworn in at Parliament this afternoon. (Monday)

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