Anglia Late Edition is the monthly ITV Anglia politics programme with Alastair Stewart

Anglia Late Edition - July 2014

This programme looking at strikes, how the Tour de France boosted the local economy and Lady Trumpington on codes, cuddles and gameshows.

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Bio-medical staff at Northampton General protest in a dispute over pay and working hours

Staff protesting outside Northampton General in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

Bio-medical staff at Northampton General are protesting outside the hospital in a dispute over pay and working hours.

The pathology lab workers began industrial action earlier this week, by working to their set hours. But have now been refused entry to the hospital.

The Unite Union claims the hospital's stopping them from working unless they agree to end their dispute.

The Trust says the dispute could affect turnaround times for test results which could put patients at risk, so they have asked workers to stay at home until the action comes to an end.

MP warns solar farms and bio-energy targets are leading to a loss of agricultural land

A Cambridgeshire MP has warned that solar farms and bio-energy targets are leading to a loss of agricultural land in the region.

Sir James Paice said solar farms should be built on unproductive brownfield sites. His comments follow new research which shows the UK could run out of land to meet food demand by 2030.

"The most important thing is to realise that we are a population that is growing, growing from 66 million last year to around 70 million by 2020. That in itself is huge, the proportion of food we produce ourselves has been falling. We can't import it all we should even try."

– Sir James Paice, MP for South East Cambridgeshire

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Candidates line-up to replace MP

Tim Yeo has represented his constituency for 30 years
Tim Yeo has represented his constituency for 30 years Credit: ITV News

More than a hundred people have put their name forward to replace South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo as the Consevative parliamentary candidate in next year's general election

The MP was de-selected in a vote by local Conservative party activists in February.

Officials are now working to put forward a short-list of six candidates who'll go before a selection committee early next month

Warning public could be put at risk by relaxation of minicab laws

Police and Crime Commissioners from our region are among those warning that laws relaxing who can drive minicabs will put the public at risk.

The PCC for Cambridgeshire, Sir Graham Bright, says he is particularly concerned about the vulnerable, such as elderly people and young girls, who rely on taxis for safer transport.

The government is proposing that minicab owners be allowed to lend out their vehicles when they aren't working, to save families money on a second car. But campaigners warn this would make it easier for criminals to pose as cab drivers.

The House of Commons is due to vote on the new laws as part of the Deregulation Bill which goes before parliament on Monday 23rd June.

Firefighters set to walk out in seven-hour strike

Firefighters will go on strike. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters across our region are set to walk out this morning in a row over retirement ages and pensions.

The strike is due to last for seven hours from 10am to 5pm.

It follows a 24-hour strike earlier this month in the long-running dispute between the Fire Brigades Union and the fire service.

The fire service says "robust contingency arrangements" are in place, but people have been urged to take extra care during the strikes.

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Law criminalising forced marriage comes into effect

Forcing someone into a marriage in England and Wales will carry a maximum seven-year jail sentence from today.

The Government hopes the law change, which also criminalises forcing a British national into marriage outside the UK, will protect thousands of potential victims.

Home Secretary Theresa May has described forced marriage as "a tragedy for each and every victim".
Home Secretary Theresa May has described forced marriage as "a tragedy for each and every victim". Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Home Secretary Theresa May said she was "proud" of the UK's leading role in combating the crime.

"I am proud to say that the UK is already a world-leader in the fight to stamp out this harmful practice with the Government's Forced Marriage Unit working hard to tackle this terrible practice in the UK and overseas," she said.

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