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Long-serving Euro MP Richard Howitt prepares for last day

Richard Howitt is leaving his job today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Long-serving East of England Euro MP Richard Howitt is leaving his job today.

Labour MEP Howitt has been a part of the European Parliament for the past 22 years, but will now take on a new job as the Chief Executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

"Although I'm going onto a good and exciting job to build on what I've done, I will be leaving feeling very, very sad and emotional about the years that have passed," Howitt said.


Bedford MP's motion to strip Sir Philip Green of knighthood approved

MPs approved a motion to strip Sir Philip Green of his knighthood. Credit: PA

MPs have unanimously approved a motion put forward by Bedford MP Richard Fuller recommending ex-BHS boss Sir Philip Green should be stripped of his knighthood.

Mr Fuller suggested the retail tycoon had failed "to find his moral compass" in not addressing the store's pension deficit over the summer.

Following the debate in the House of Commons, MPs backed the his motion unopposed, meaning no full vote was needed.

They have asked the Honours Forfeiture Committee to ensure Sir Philip's knighthood is "cancelled and annulled".

Richard Fuller said the ex-BHS boss failed

The unprecedented decision is non-binding, although Downing Street indicated it believes the independent committee may have a decision to make in the future.

The Government also called on Sir Philip to "quickly" remedy the BHS pension scheme deficit, with investigations under way into the conduct of BHS directors and the management of the pension scheme.

BHS went into administration with a £571 million pension scheme deficit shortly after being sold for £1 by Sir Philip to Dominic Chappell.

MP holds meeting for families who could be evicted

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson is holding a public meeting tonight for people concerned over the eviction of more than 70 families from the St Michael's Gate estate.

Their homes could be used to re-house the homeless.

It's after most of them were bought by a new company that wants to rent them out to the council.

Those against the plans say it's a short term fix.


New position for Norwich MP in Labour reshuffle

Clive Lewis MP was the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. Credit: Twitter/@labourlewis

Norwich MP Clive Lewis has been demoted in the most recent Labour Party reshuffle.

He has moved from the position of Shadow Defence Secretary to Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

It is the fourth Labour Party reshuffle in just a single year.

The move appeared to take Mr Lewis by surprise. He tweeted this a few minutes after the announcement.

Extra funding as Norwich named 'social mobility coldspot'

Norwich has been identified by the government as a 'social mobility coldspot' in need of additional education funding.

The Education Secretary Justine Greening says the city will be one of six new Opportunity Areas which will support children and young people in disadvantaged areas.

The government will give £60 million to the areas identified as facing challenges to social mobility. The cash will see tailored plans developed in collaboration with local communities, educational institutions and business organisations, aimed at unlocking the potential of children and young people.

Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced £60m of extra funding for 10 areas including Norwich. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

“Ensuring all children can access high-quality education at every stage is critical. This is about giving children in these areas the right knowledge and skills, advice at the right time, and great experiences.

“My department will work with local authorities, education and skills providers, businesses, and the wider community, not just to focus on what we can do to help inside schools, but also create the opportunities outside school that will raise sights and broaden horizons for young people.”

– Justine Greening, Education Secretary
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