Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has been promoted as part of the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle.
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.
Mr Spink was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, on electoral fraud offences.Read the full story ›
Northamptonshire County Council has announced plans to increase council tax by nearly 5% to tackle ‘unprecedented demand for services’.Read the full story ›
An Essex councillor is appealing for help to find out what happened to her "beautiful, much-adored" daughter after she was found dead.Read the full story ›
Three Conservative MPs from Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire have helped defeat the Government by amending the EU Withdrawal Bill.Read the full story ›
Anglia Late Edition reviews the big political issues of the year and looks ahead to 2018 with a panel of politicians from the region.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
A new gas-fired power station could be built on a site previously earmarked for a controversial waste incinerator in West Norfolk.Read the full story ›
The Chancellor's budget has pledged more spending on transport and technology in the East of England with a big focus on Cambridge.Read the full story ›