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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.

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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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Local reaction from today's 2015 Budget

It was the first Tory only budget for nearly 20 years - back then The Simpsons were shown on British TV for the first time, The Prodigy were number one in the charts and a first class stamp cost 26p.

Today Chancellor George Osborne pledged to create a high wage, lower tax, lower welfare Britain, citing the Greek crisis as evidence a new approach was needed.

Wesley Smith went to Haverhill to gage local reaction from people likely to be affected by the budget proposals.

Click below to watch the report:

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