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Suffolk councillor Brian Riley defends move to America on return to the UK

Brian Riley with his daughter (left) and wife (right). Credit: Archant

A Suffolk county councillor who refused to resign despite emigrating to North Carolina in America has defended his decision as he returned to the UK for the first time.

Brian Riley, who is member for Hadleigh, provoked outrage when he announced the move.

He returned to Suffolk this week and will attend a scrutiny committee meeting tomorrow.

He said he was worth the £10,000 a year in allowances.


'Britain First' leaders to attend Luton march after bid to stop them is rejected

A previous march from 'Britain First'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Britain First' leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen will be able to attend a demonstration by the far-right group in Luton today after Bedfordshire Police failed in their bid to stop them from coming to the town.

The force had applied for an injunction, but it was rejected by the High Court yesterday.

An interim civil injunction was handed down though which means that Golding and Fransen won't be able to display banners which incite racial hatred and must stick to a designated route.

They will be able to make speeches and take part in the march however.

Bedfordshire Police to discover if they'll be able to restrict right-wing march

Police in Bedfordshire have taken measures to restrict a planned Britain First protest that's due to take place in Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police will find out today if they'll be able to put restrictions on the behaviour of protesters in Luton this weekend.

A march has been organised by right-wing group Britain First which has been planned for tomorrow.

But officers have applied for an injunction against them under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Disorder Act.

It will be heard at the High Court today.


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
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