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Labour Leader talks immigration in Norfolk town

Ed Miliband making his speech at the Town Hall in Great Yarmouth Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Labour leader Ed Miliband is visiting Great Yarmouth to outline his party's policies on immigration.

Speaking at the town hall, Mr Miliband mapped out his vision to make it a criminal offence for employers to exploit migrants.

He added that those coming to Britain should be here for 2 years before they can claim benefits. He also insisted that Britain leaving the EU would be a disaster.

Ed Miliband making his speech in Great Yarmouth Credit: ITV News Anglia
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Ukip candidate resigns over offensive comments

Kerry Smith has resigned as his party's candidate in a top target seat. Credit: PA Wire

Kerry Smith has resigned as Ukip's prospective parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock after apologising for making offensive comments, he announced in a statement.

Recordings of phone calls obtained by the Mail on Sunday captured the would-be MP calling gay party members "poofters" and referring to someone as a "Chinky bird".

The comments were revealed just days after he was reinstated as the party's candidate in the top target seat - and Smith had already made an apology for deciding to resign.

I have this evening offered my resignation as Ukip PPC for South Basildon and East Thurrock.

I want the best for South Basildon and East Thurrock and I want to see the real issues discussed that touch the lives of people.

Therefore I have chosen to resign so that Ukip can win this seat next May.

– Kerry Smith, Ukip candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock

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Sixth councillor defects to UKIP

A Conservative councillor on Tendring District Council in Essex has defected to UKIP.

Cllr Anthony Calbourne Credit: Tendring District Council

Anthony Calbourne has been a councillor for 12 years and says he believes the country needs a change, both nationally and locally.

Tendring is the area of NE Essex around Harwich and Clacton. Douglas Carswell won the Clacton by-election in October 2014 after defecting from the Conservatives to UKIP.

He is the sixth person to move to UKIP in the Anglia region in the past few days.

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Pledge to fill empty homes

Labour says the number of empty homes in Norwich has reached crisis point. Credit: ITV

More than 1600 homes in Norwich are currently sitting empty, according to the local Labour Party. Labour's candidates for the city's two seats say reducing fees chargd by letting agencies and capping excessive rent increases would ease the problem.

The government says the number of a empty homes in England has fallen by 160,000 since the end of 2009, reaching a 10-year low.

New homes on old RAF Northstowe base

The Northstowe project would see the creation of a new town between Huntingdon and Cambridge.

The Government now wants to commission new homes itself if developers fail to meet the demand for house building and Northstowe could be used for the scheme.

It comes as the Government announced its new national infrastructure plan - which will also see £44 million spent on building a new railway station at Cambridge's Science Park.

Millions to be spent improving roads in our region

Details have emerged of exactly where millions of pounds is to be spent improving roads in our region.

The announcement's part of a Government investment of 15 billion in the national road network. Critics have described it as a pre-election sweetener.

In the east of the Anglia region the improvements include... The A12 being widened to 3 lanes in Essex.

Two new dual carriageways on the A47 either side of Norwich... And major improvements to junctions 7 and 8 on the M11.

Click below to watch our report from Malcolm Robertson in the east of the region

In the west of the Anglia region the improvements include…Dualling sections of the A47 between Peterborough and the A1.

Dualling the A428 from Caxton Gibbet to the Black Cat roundabout, and improving the junction there and major upgrades to junctions 7 and 8 on the M11.

Click below to watch our report from Stuart Leithes in the west of the region

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