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UKIP leader Farage insists he's going nowhere after Carswell calls for change

Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage have clashed again. Credit: PA

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has told the party's only MP to "put up, or shut up", after he made new calls for him to step down as leader.

The Clacton MP Douglas Carswell told BBC Essex the party needed a "fresh face" at the top and questioned Mr Farage's response to UKIP's poor showing in the Oldham West and Royton by-election.

"He has been trying to sow division in a party where none exists.

91% of UKIP voters in the country support my leadership and Douglas Carswell has privately been saying for some months he doesn't support me and now he's saying it in public.

I'm sorry, but Mr Carswell is out on a limb."

– NIGEL FARAGE

UKIP's only MP calls on Nigel Farage to step down as leader

The Clacton MP Douglas Carswell, who is UKIP's only representative in the House of Commons, has made a fresh appeal for Nigel Farage to step down as party leader.

Essex MP Douglas Carswell defected from the Conservatives to UKIP in 2014. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Speaking to BBC Radio Essex, Douglas Carswell said the party needed a "fresh face" at the top and questioned Mr Farage's response to UKIP's poor showing in the Oldham West and Royton by-election.

It is the latest sign of unrest at the top of UKIP, following Mr Carswell's suggestion that Mr Farage should "take a break" following the party's failure to make inroads at Westminster in the general election in May.

"We all need to think very carefully as to whether or not we can build beyond the base we have now got without that change.

We have gone from being a party with 2%-3% market share to a party with 13%, 14%, 15% market share, and that's a phenomenal achievement , an incredible achievement and no one can ever say that that hasn't been an achievement.

But sometimes a start-up needs to change gear and to change its management if it is to go to the next level."

– Douglas Carswell, UKIP MP for Clacton

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Tory council leader warns of 'large cuts and difficult choices' after 'dismal' funding announcement

The leader of Conservative-controlled Essex County Council has warned of big cuts and difficult choices after the government announced its funding settlement for local authorities across the country.

Cllr David Finch called the announcement 'more dismal than expected.'

Across the Anglia region, councils face a reduction in their spending power of £153 million.

The leader of Essex County Council David Finch is warning of more cuts in the county. Credit: PA / Essex County Council

“The settlement is even more dismal than expected. We are going to be around £50m worse off in grant cuts. This is going to be incredibly tough on Essex residents, and will mean difficult decisions ahead for the Council.

“It is particularly disappointing that not only is the Government cutting spending, but it has also looked to redistribute grants away from councils like Essex, despite us facing some of the biggest challenges affecting the most vulnerable in society such as Social Care provision.

– Cllr David Finch, Leader, Essex County Council

Lib Dem veteran peer Baroness Shirley Williams to step down

Baroness Shirley Williams Credit: PA Images

Senior Liberal Democrat Baroness Shirley Williams is stepping down from the Lords in the new year, the party has announced.

Lib Dem members including former leader Nick Clegg will gather for a reception on Thursday night to celebrate her role in politics over the last six decades.

Lady Williams of Crosby, 85, first entered the Commons as Labour MP for Hitchin in Hertfordshire in 1964 and went on to hold several ministerial positions, including education secretary.

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Norfolk's Children's services targeted by Government to improve

New radical reforms to shake up children's services in our region could see any poorly performing authorities being taken over if they fail to improve standards quickly enough.

The Prime Minister has introduced new powers to trigger emergency inspections and has already named Norfolk as one of three local authorities where action will be taken immediately.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.

County Council welcomes new Children's Commissioner

Dave Hill is tasked with improving Norfolk's Children's Services. Credit: Essex County Council.

The Director of Children's Services at Norfolk County Council has said he has "every confidence" in new Children's Commissioner Dave Hill.

It comes after central government intervened in a bid to remedy failing children's services in the county.

"Dave Hill has a strong track record in leading improvement in Children's Services in Essex and is someone who knows Norfolk well, having worked with us in 2013 and 14.

"I agree with the Prime Minister that our role as a corporate parent is of crucial importance. The extra support Mr Hill will bring can only be helpful in further improving prospects for looked after children.

"In its recent inspection Ofsted recognised the “significant improvements” already made in the county, particularly in our child protection and early help work and in overall leadership and management. Their final judgement was based on underdeveloped services for children in and leaving our care. Since that inspection, improvements have continued in this area at pace.

– Michael Rosen, Director of Children's Services, Norfolk County Council.
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