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Government reshuffle: Yarmouth MP promoted to Conservative Party Chairman

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has been promoted as part of the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle.

Brandon Lewis arriving at 10, Downing Street earlier. Credit: ITV Anglia.

He has been named Minister without Portfolio and also becomes the Conservative Party Chair following three-and-a-half years in lower-ranking ministerial jobs, most recently as an immigration minister.

Braintree MP James Cleverly has also been appointed as Deputy Chair and Saffron Walden MP Kemi Baddoch given Conservative Party Vice Chair, with responsibility for candidates.

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Council accused of 'ruining Christmas'

A council in Essex has been accused of ruining Christmas after ordering a festive attraction to close down over safety fears.

  • Serena Sandhu visited the attraction and sent us this report.

The Christmas Wonderland in Clacton-on-Sea comes with a Santa's grotto and train rides, but unfortunately no planning permission.

It's proved so popular the council says the local roads can't cope with the increase in traffic. But the event organisers are determined to stay open.

Former Essex MP convicted of electoral fraud

Bob Spink was the Conservative MP for Castle Point from 1992-97 and 2001-08 before defecting to UKIP. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

A former UKIP and Conservative MP from Essex has been found guilty of tricking elderly constituents into signing electoral forms backing local candidates.

Bob Spink, who served as Tory MP for Castle Point in Essex for 12 years before defecting to the pro-Brexit party in 2008, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of four counts of submitting false signatures on nomination forms, a type of electoral fraud.

Spink, 69, of Benfleet in Essex, showed no emotion as the jury foreman returned majority verdicts on all four counts he faced.

He will be sentenced in the New Year.

Mr Spink was the MP for Castle Point, which covers the Canvey Island and Benfleet area of Essex, from 1992 until 1997 and 2001 until 2010.

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