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Three county council's team up to boost economy

The three leaders of Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Councils Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three County Councils are teaming up to try to boost economic growth in parts of our region.

Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Councils want to form a new alliance. It's hoped it will mean the authorities get more control over things like transport and infrastructure.

The new 'Combined Authority' model will look to get more devolved powers from the Government by creating their own economic region, made up of the three counties.

The three leaders of each council, made the announcement at the Silverstone circuit today.

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Ed Miliband makes immigration speech in Norfolk town

The leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband has been making a speech on immigration in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

During his speech he outlined his party's policies on immigration. Mr Miliband said that people coming to Britain should be here for two years before they can claim benefits and that leaving the EU would be a disaster.

Click below to watch a short clip from Ed Miliband.

Labour Leader talks immigration in Norfolk town

Ed Miliband making his speech at the Town Hall in Great Yarmouth Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Labour leader Ed Miliband is visiting Great Yarmouth to outline his party's policies on immigration.

Speaking at the town hall, Mr Miliband mapped out his vision to make it a criminal offence for employers to exploit migrants.

He added that those coming to Britain should be here for 2 years before they can claim benefits. He also insisted that Britain leaving the EU would be a disaster.

Ed Miliband making his speech in Great Yarmouth Credit: ITV News Anglia
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Ukip candidate resigns over offensive comments

Kerry Smith has resigned as his party's candidate in a top target seat. Credit: PA Wire

Kerry Smith has resigned as Ukip's prospective parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock after apologising for making offensive comments, he announced in a statement.

Recordings of phone calls obtained by the Mail on Sunday captured the would-be MP calling gay party members "poofters" and referring to someone as a "Chinky bird".

The comments were revealed just days after he was reinstated as the party's candidate in the top target seat - and Smith had already made an apology for deciding to resign.

I have this evening offered my resignation as Ukip PPC for South Basildon and East Thurrock.

I want the best for South Basildon and East Thurrock and I want to see the real issues discussed that touch the lives of people.

Therefore I have chosen to resign so that Ukip can win this seat next May.

– Kerry Smith, Ukip candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock

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Sixth councillor defects to UKIP

A Conservative councillor on Tendring District Council in Essex has defected to UKIP.

Cllr Anthony Calbourne Credit: Tendring District Council

Anthony Calbourne has been a councillor for 12 years and says he believes the country needs a change, both nationally and locally.

Tendring is the area of NE Essex around Harwich and Clacton. Douglas Carswell won the Clacton by-election in October 2014 after defecting from the Conservatives to UKIP.

He is the sixth person to move to UKIP in the Anglia region in the past few days.

Pledge to fill empty homes

Labour says the number of empty homes in Norwich has reached crisis point. Credit: ITV

More than 1600 homes in Norwich are currently sitting empty, according to the local Labour Party. Labour's candidates for the city's two seats say reducing fees chargd by letting agencies and capping excessive rent increases would ease the problem.

The government says the number of a empty homes in England has fallen by 160,000 since the end of 2009, reaching a 10-year low.

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