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Polling stations relocated after heavy flooding

Flooding outside the Grange Primary School in Newham, east London. Credit: PA

Some polling stations have been forced to close and many others are flooded after heavy rain hit the capital.

Kingston upon Thames Council in south west London has been forced to move two polling stations, Devon Way in Chessington and Shiraz Mirza in New Malden, after they became swamped with water.

Several others remain difficult to access because of the ongoing wet weather.

A Kingston Council spokesperson said: “Heavy rainfall over night has resulted in the closure of two polling stations. We had plans in place to minimise the disruption and alternative polling stations have opened nearby."


Millions heading to the polls in the EU referendum in the Anglia region

Voting has started in the historic referendum to decide Britain's future in the European Union.

Voting is under in Britain's historic referendum on membership of the European Union. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

More than 5 million people are registered to vote in the Anglia region in the European Union referendum.

The UK is being asked if it wants to remain a member of the European Union or leave the institution after 43 years.

Polling stations are open until 10pm with the votes being counted overnight. The result of the historic vote is expected to be known in the early hours of Friday.

There are 56 voting districts across the Anglia region based on local council areas. Most polling stations are located where they usually are for General Elections.


Cambridge College to set up studentship in memory of Jo Cox

A studentship will be set up at Pembroke College, Cambridge Credit: ITV News

A studentship will be set up at Pembroke College, Cambridge, in memory of Jo Cox.

Labour former Cabinet minister Lord Smith of Finsbury, Master of Pembroke College, said Jo stood for "the politics of hope and love".

Her former college would remember her with a studentship for a refugee student or someone "from a background like Jo's who might otherwise find it difficult to come to Cambridge".

Lord Smith said Jo was a "truly remarkable person" and it was almost impossible to express how "devastated" he was by her death.

She was "remarkable for the astonishing amount she had achieved in only a year as an MP" but would also be remembered as "bright, energetic and highly respected student" at Pembroke College.

Funds collected in recent weeks on behalf of Syrian refugees would now be donated in her name.

She was and is much loved by her fellow students and especially by those who taught her. There has been too much fear and hate in recent weeks. We must dedicate ourselves to continue her work

– Lord Smith, Master of Pembroke College

MPs from across East return to Westminster to pay tribute to Jo Cox.

The MP was killed in her constituency on Thursday Credit: ITV News

MPs from across the East are returning to Westminster today to pay tribute to Jo Cox.

The Batley and Spen MP and married mother-of-two was killed as she prepared to hold a constituency surgery on Thursday.

Parliament had been in recess to allow MPs to concentrate on campaigning in the final days running up to the European Union referendum on June 23.

But Commons Speaker John Bercow agreed to the recall of the House to allow members to commemorate their colleague. The Lords are also returning.

Norfolk County Council wins disability award

Norfolk County Council has been given an award for addressing disability at County Hall.

They were given the 'Disability Confident' award at the MJ Awards in London.

It was for the work that has been done to accommodate people with disabilities as part of the redesign of its head quarters at Martineau Lane in Norwich.

The project team’s winning submission showed their commitment to ensure inclusivity was the major design principle for a future workforce of disabled employees.

"This is a great achievement and recognises the hard work that has gone into re-designing County Hall. We take equality of opportunity and access to professional and personal development for disabled people very seriously. This award shows we now have a working environment to support everyone.”

– Leader of Norfolk County Council, Cliff Jordan

"Getting disabled people into work is a top priority so it’s fantastic to see local authorities, like Norfolk, supporting disabled people. I hope other councils will be inspired to follow their lead.”

– Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People
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