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Whittingdale refuses to speak about press role

John Whittingdale refused to be drawn on the appropriateness of his role as Culture Secretary on Wednesday.

The Conservative MP declined to comment this morning following admissions he had a relationship with a prostitute.

He broke it off after discovering someone was trying to sell the story to the press.



Green Party leader to launch local manifesto in Cambridge

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

The leader of the Green Party will be in Cambridge this afternoon to launch its local election manifesto.

Natalie Bennett will join candidates at the Memorial Church Cambridge for the event at 5pm.

She will outline the policies she hopes will help her party win seats on Cambridge City Council in the local election next month.

The task for Jeremy Corbyn and Labour in the Anglia region

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn needs to win seats across the Anglia region in the local elections in May. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been visiting Harlow to launch the party's local election campaign.

It marks the start of a big month of campaigning for him which also means a visit to Norwich.

May's council elections will be his first major test of public opinion since becoming leader last September. Labour controls only seven of the 60 councils in the Anglia region including those in Harlow and Norwich.

The party lost 15% of its councillors across the Anglia region at the last local council elections in 2015 and has only four MPs in the region.

Click below to watch a report on Jeremy Corbyn's visit to Harlow by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Hospitals in the East gear up for junior doctors' strike

Junior doctors are striking over pay and conditions. Credit: ITV Anglia

Hospitals across the Anglia region say contingency plans are in place ahead of a 48-hour strike by junior doctors starting tomorrow morning (6 April).

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn said it had cancelled 98 operations that were due to take place over the two days of industrial action.

Patients are being urged to use other services, such as their pharmacy or GP, before going to A&E.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has cancelled 98 planned operations. Credit: ITV Anglia

Corbyn to launch local election campaign in Harlow

Jeremy Corbyn will be in Harlow today. Credit: PA

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be in the region today.

He's heading to Harlow to launch the party's local election campaign. It's the start of a big month of campaigning for him - which includes going to Norwich later this week.

May's council elections will be Corbyn's first big test of public opinion since he became leader last September.

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