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Norfolk County Council Leader re-elected

Cllr George Nobbs has been re-elected as Leader of Norfolk County Council following a meeting of full council today.

Cllr Nobbs who represents the Crome division in Norwich for Labour, was elected by 42 votes to 39, with Liberal Democrat Cllr Dan Roper of Hevingham and Spixworth elected as Deputy Leader without opposition.

Cllr Nobbs became Leader of the Council for the first time in May 2013.

Conservative politician dies aged 83

Sir Peter Fry Credit: PA

Sir Peter Fry, who was the Conservative MP for Wellingborough for 28 years, has died at the aged of 83.

He won the seat in a by-election in 1969 and held it until he lost it by 187 votes in 1997. That election was also marred by Sir Peter having a heart attack during the campaign. He blamed his defeat on Ukip intervening to poll 1,192 votes.


Ukip MP Carswell urges Farage to 'take a break'

Farage and Carswell during the election campaign Credit: ITV News Anglia

Douglas Carswell, Ukip's only MP, has suggested that Nigel Farage "take a break" from the party leadership and said his pre-election comments about HIV patients had been "ill-advised".

Writing for the Times (£), The Clacton MP said: "Elections are enormously stressful. The immediate aftermath of one is not the time to take big decisions about the future. It takes a team to get the answers right."

He also appeared to echo concerns raised by economic spokesman Patrick O'Flynn, who claimed that Farage had come across at times as "snarling, thin-skinned" and "aggressive".

At times, Ukip has failed to strike the right tone. By all means we should highlight the problem of health tourism. But we need to admit that using the example of HIV patients to make the point was ill-advised.

Ukip has been at its most persuasive when we have been most optimistic. Anger is never a great way to motivate people — at least not for very long.


Further divisions in UKIP as MEP Patrick O'Flynn slates leader Farage

Patrick O'Flynn (left) has launched an attack on Nigel Farage. Credit: PA

UKIP is facing further division after East of England MEP Patrick O'Flynn branded the party's leader a "snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive man."

In an interview with the Times newspaper, he said Nigel Farage risked turning the party into a personality cult.

The comments come after a separate row in which UKIP's Clacton MP Douglas Carswell is refusing to claim £650,000 of taxpayers' money despite pressure from party officials to use the use the funds in full.

Nigel Farage. Credit: PA

"What’s happened since Thursday night, Friday morning has certainly laid us open to the charge that this looks like an absolutist monarchy or a personality cult.

I don’t think that even Nigel would say it’s been the most glorious chapter of his leadership."

– Patrick O'Flynn


Carswell v Farage: What do the people of Clacton think?

Douglas Carswell, Ukip's only MP who represents Clacton in Essex, has insisted he will not claim £650,000 of taxpayers' money despite calls from party officials to use the funds in full.

Mr Carswell said he would not be able to "look pensioners in the eye" if he was claiming all the money the party is entitled to.

Here are what some people in his home constituency think about his stance.

Click below to hear some views from Clacton

Nominations open in Liberal Democrats leadership race

Norman Lamb. Credit: PA

The race to be the next Lib Dem leader has formally started.

As nominations opened today, North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb is expected to be pitted against former party president Tim Farron.

Mr Lamb announced on ITV News Anglia on Monday that he'd be a candidate.

He's one of only eight Lib Dems left at Westminster although the party says its membership has grown by 10,000 since the election.

Ukip's Carswell and Farage hold meeting over public money disagreement

Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage on the campaign trail in Clacton. Credit: PA

Ukip have confirmed that leader Nigel Farage and Clacton MP Douglas Carswell met this afternoon as they try to iron out their differences about how to spend £650,000 of taypayers' money that they're entitled to.

Mr Carswell was approached by Ukip officials earlier this week and asked to spend the party's 'short money' on recruiting 15 new members of staff.

However, he rejected the proposal and insisted that it was inappropriate to spend so much on just one parliamentary office.

Now, Ukip have confirmed that the pair have been in discussions today regarding the disagreement.

"Nigel Farage met with Douglas Carswell this afternoon and there's ongoing discussion about how best to represent four million Ukip voters in a way that is sensible and correct."

– UKIP statement
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