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Northamptonshire Police drop Cyril Smith child abuse investigation

Northamptonshire Police has dropped its investigation into claims the former MP Cyril Smith was found in the county with child abuse images.

It's alleged officers caught Smith with the images in the early 1980s as he drove along the M1 in Northamptonshire, but it's claimed the MP was released after a cover up.

Today the force says its found no witnesses or evidence to support those claims.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

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Northamptonshire Police close Cyril Smith probe over lack of evidence

Cyril Smith. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire Police have dropped their investigation into claims the former MP Cyril Smith was found with child abuse images.

It's alleged the images were seized when Smith was stopped on the M1 in Northamptonshire in the 1980s, but the incident was covered up.

Northamptonshire Police said they'd found no witnesses or evidence to support the claims.

North Norfolk MP remains Health spokesman in Lib Dem leader's new team

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb remains as the Lib Dem health spokesperson. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has remained as the Liberal Democrats' Health spokesman in the new frontbench team.

It follows the election of Tim Farron as the new leader of the Lib Dems. He beat Mr Lamb in the contest.

Norman Lamb is the only Lib Dem MP in the Anglia region and has been his party's health spokesperson since 2006. He served as the Care Minister in the last coalition government.

"The team I am announcing today is the Liberal voice that Britain desperately needs.

“It features some of the best campaigners that the party has, balanced with the experience and economic credibility that our party has developed over the last five years in government."

– Tim Farron MP, Leader, Liberal Democrats

Lamb on Lib Dem leadership contest: 'It's been exhausting but quite invigorating'

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb says there are enormous compensations to losing the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats.

He says he'll be able to spend more time watching Norwich City and being with his wife Mary after he forgot their wedding anniversary this week.

Mr Lamb said he was closer to winning the contest than some predictions after he lost to Tim Farron by 44% to 56%.

Click below to watch Norman Lamb speaking to ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

“This leadership election has energised and united our party.

“Tim Farron will be a passionate leader of our party, championing social justice and leading from the front in our campaign to rebuild the liberal voice in our country. I will give him my full backing.”

– Norman Lamb MP

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Norfolk MP Norman Lamb loses Lib Dem leadership race

Norman Lamb has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk since 2001. Credit: ITV News

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has been beaten in the election to be next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron won the leadership election following the resignation of Nick Clegg after the party's disastrous General Election.

Norman Lamb was first elected in 2001 and is now one of only eight Lib Dem MPs at Westminster

56.5%
Tim Farron
43.5%
Norman Lamb

Tim Farron received 19,137 votes and Norman Lamb received the backing of 14,760 Lib Dem members.

Essex MP in hospital after health setback

Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge has been admitted to hospital. Credit: ITV News

An Essex MP has been admitted to hospital after being taken ill following a health setback.

James Duddridge, who has been the MP for Rochford and Southend East since 2005, was appointed a Foreign Office minister in 2014.

His office said he was unwell last year and despite making a good recovery, had suffered a setback and had been re-admitted to hospital.

Mr Duddridge, 43, said he had been overwhelmed by the kind words and well wishes he'd received and is looking forward to returning to work as soon as he can.

Norfolk MP Norman Lamb to discover Lib Dem leadership fate

Norman Lamb. Credit: PA

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb will find out today if he has been selected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Voting in the contest between him and former party president Tim Farron ended yesterday.

The result will be announced on social media this afternoon - the Leader's first public appearance will be at a members' rally in London.

"It's been a real marathon.

I'm so exhausted and absolutely ready for a holiday and I am sort of resigned to whatever result that comes through.

I am glad I have done it.

I think it's been the right thing to do to give a competition and a choice to the party. If I win, I am up for it and I will go for it - if i don't, I will get a bit more space in my life."

– Norman Lamb

Click below to watch ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson give her assessment of Norman Lamb's chances

Cambridgeshire MP gets new ministerial job

The North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara has been given an additional ministerial job by the Prime Minister.

Mr Vara has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions.

He has been a junior minster at the Ministry of Justice since 2013 and will continue in this role alongside his new appointment.

Mr Vara has been the Conservative MP for NW Cambs since 2005 succeeding Brian Mawhinney.

NW Cambs MP Shailesh Vara has been appointed Work & Pensions Minister. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“I am delighted to have been appointed by the Prime Minister as a Minister in the Department for Work and Pensions. I am also very pleased that I will be able to continue my work in the Ministry of Justice. Both departments have important work to be done and I look forward to helping progress the government’s agenda."

– Shailesh Vara
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