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Long-serving MEP Richard Howitt to stand down

Richard Howitt will step down in November. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Long-serving East of England Euro MP Richard Howitt has announced he will stand down from his role later this year to take on a new job as the Chief Executive of a global organisation.

Labour MEP Howitt has been in the European Parliament for the last 22 years but will now become CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in November.

The organisation links companies with "society, the environment and the wider economy."

It will be a great privilege to apply my experience in Europe to a truly international role.

Integrated reporting is the single best global antidote to the spread of short-term risks that has plagued our capital markets with uncertainty and volatility, causing harm to our economy, businesses, society and, yes, the environment.

It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role and I cannot thank enough the countless people who I have sought to help - and who have shown extraordinary kindness in helping me.

– Richard Howitt MEP

Corbyn attends anniversary of Burston school strike

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among hundreds of people in Norfolk this afternoon, to mark the longest strike in British history.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those to gather in the village Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Burston School strike, which began when two progressive teachers at the village school were sacked, is seen as a key moment in the Labour movement and lasted from 1914 to 1939.

Unions now gather in the village annually to mark it's significance.

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Doubts over plans for directly elected mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

There's fresh doubt over controversial plans for a directly elected mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The multi-million pound deal was a key policy put forward by the last Government. It would see powers over housing, transport and economic growth devolved to a new combined authority

Tomorrow is the final day for people to give their views on the idea Credit: ITV News Anglia

The original plan for a single East Anglian mayor which also included Norfolk and Suffolk was scrapped after local opposition.

Now, it's been reported the new Prime Minister Theresa May could ditch plans for regional mayors all together.

Dad brands Tory inquiry into bullying a 'whitewash'

Elliott Johnson's dad Ray (right) isn't happy about how the Conservatives have dealt with allegations of bullying. Credit: PA/ITV News

The father of a tory activist from Cambridgeshire who committed suicide after complaining of bullying within the party has called the inqiury into bullying allegations 'a whitewash'.

Elliott Johnson was 21 years old when he was found dead on the tracks at Sandy railway station in Bedfordshire.

The report said 13 individuals were victims of alleged bullying by former tory activist Mark Clarke, but Elliott's father believes the party have not taken responsibility.

My feeling is that it is nothing more than a whitewash.

It annoys me to a certain extent. The Conservative party confined £2 million to fund this inquiry, yet they haven't got the will to stand up and say we're sorry and we've made mistakes.

– Ray Johnson, Elliotts's dad

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Nominations close for new UKIP leader

Lisa Duffy is a UKIP councillor. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Nominations to replace Nigel Farage at the top of UKIP close today with one candidate from our region putting herself forward in the race.

Lisa Duffy sits on Huntingdonshire District Council and has been a member of the party for 12 years.

There has been some controversy around the leadership contest with some of the biggest names unable to stand due to party rules that say you must have been a member for more than five years.

Cambridgeshire councillor to launch UKIP leadership bid

UKIP councillor Lisa Duffy has confirmed she will stand to be the next party leader. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire councillor Lisa Duffy is launching her bid to become leader of UKIP later.

Duffy, who represents the Ramsey ward on Huntingdonshire District Council, wants to take over from Nigel Farage who left the role after Brexit.

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