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PM pledges more mobile phone masts to tackle rural 'not spots' in East Anglia

David Cameron has pledged more phone masts to fill in so-called rural 'not spots' where mobile coverage is poor.

The Prime Minister was responding to a question from the new South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge speaking at his first PMQs.

Mr Cartlidge welcomed plans to consider three new mobile phone masts in Boxford, Bildeston and Assington Green in Suffolk.

The Prime Minister said: "While there are often very strong campaigns against masts, we need to see these mast built if we are going to crack this problem of not spots."

PM tells Suffolk MP he's launching new child protection taskforce

The Prime Minister has announced a new child protection taskforce in response to a question from new Suffolk MP Jo Churchill.

The Bury St Edmunds MP was speaking for the first time at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

The Child Protection Taskforce will be headed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. It will be responsible for leading improvements across police, social services and other agencies - focusing on transforming social work and children’s services, improving inspection and tackling child sexual exploitation.

The government is to appoint a Chief Social Worker to champion reform in the profession and there's to be £400 million spending on training for social workers.

Court injunction bid to curb far-right march in Luton

The right-wing Britain First group is planning a demonstration in Luton on Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Conditions have been imposed on a demonstration in Luton by the right-wing Britain First organisation to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum on Saturday.

Bedfordshire police has served notice on organisers giving them strict guidelines on where the protest can take place and restricting any further procession or movement in the town.

The force has also sought an application for an injunction under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Disorder Act 2014 which will be heard at the High Court on Friday. If successful, this injunction will place restrictions on the behaviour of Britain First organisers.

"We respect the right for peaceful protest however, must also be mindful of the impact on our communities. As a result we have decided to place restrictions on the procession to ensure we recognise and meet the needs of all parties affected.

"There will be a police presence in the town on the day and we hope the event is peaceful."

– Chief Superintendent David Boyle, Bedfordshire Police


Unemployment down 22,000 in the East of England

Unemployment has fallen by 22,000 in the East of England. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Unemployment in the East of England has fallen by 22,000 in the latest quarterly figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

The jobless total in the region was 136,000 in the three months to April or 4.4% of the workforce. Only London and the South East have a lower rate of unemployment.

In the East Midlands region, which includes Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, there were 115,000 unemployed people in the same period.

Unemployed people in the East of England in the three months to April 2015

Nationally unemployment fell by 43,000 between February and April to 1.81 million. The number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits last month fell by 6,500 to 791,800.

Average earnings increased by 2.7% in the year to April, 0.4% up on the previous month.

Michelle Obama arrives at Stansted Airport ahead of two-day visit

Michelle Obama arrives at Stansted Airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia

America's first Lady, Michelle Obama, has flown into Stansted Airport this evening ahead of a two-day visit.

Mrs Obama was accompanied by her teenage daughters Malia and Sasha plus her mother Marian Robinson as she touched down shortly after 20:30.

Mrs Obama was wearing a yellow and blue summer dress. Credit: ITV News Anglia

She's in the country as part of her campaigning work for an organisation that promotes education for young women.

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