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Fellow Essex MP says Brooks Newmark was right to resign

Witham MP Priti Patel says Brooks Newmark was right to resign. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Essex MP in the neighbouring constituency to Brooks Newmark says he was right to resign as a minister.

Priti Patel, the Conservative MP for Witham, said it was a personal matter for Mr Newmark, who represents Braintree.

"That's a very personal matter for Brooks and his family. He's made it quite clear that what he did was wrong. Difficult personal circumstances for him but I think he did the right thing in resigning from the government."

– Priti Patel, Conservative MP for Witham

MP to complain over Brooks Newmark 'entrapment'

Brooks Newmark Credit: ITV Anglia

A Conservative MP says he will complain to the newly-formed press regulator over the "entrapment" that led to his colleague's resignation as a government minister.

Brooks Newmark resigned as Minister for Civil Society after Sunday Mirror revelations that he had exchanged suggestive pictures with a reporter posing as a young Tory campaigner.

Following the story's publication, fellow MP Mark Pritchard said he would be referring the newspaper to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso).

"It is in the public interest that their actions are fully investigated. This is the first real test as to whether the new body, Ipso, has any teeth."

– Mark Pritchard MP

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Disgraced Tory MP: 'I have been a complete fool'

Tory MP Brooks Newmark told ITV News he had "no one to blame but himself" over the explicit photo scandal that led to his resignation.

Mr Newmark has resigned from the Government after the Sunday Mirror published allegations he shared explicit sexual images of himself with an undercover female reporter on social media.

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark resigns as government minister

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark has resigned as a government minister. Credit: PA Wire

David Cameron has been hit by the shock ministerial resignation of an Essex MP on the eve of the Conservative Party conference.

The Braintree MP, Brooks Newmark, said that he was quitting as Cabinet Office minister with responsibility for civil society.

"I have decided to resign as Minister for Civil Society having been notified of a story to be published in a Sunday newspaper. I would like to appeal for the privacy of my family to be respected at this time. I remain a loyal supporter of this Government as its long term economic plan continues to deliver for the British people."

– Brooks Newmark, Conservative MP for Braintree

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has accepted Brooks Newmark's resignation from his role as Minister for Civil Society."

The announcement came just hours after Conservative backbencher Mark Reckless announced that he was defecting to UKIP.

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Fire in outbuilding near Braintree

Fire crews have been tackling a blaze in an outbuilding on farmland just off Hollies Road at Bradwell near Braintree which started at 1.15am today.

Location of fire in Bradwell near Braintree Credit: ITV News Anglia

The A120 was closed between the Marks Farm roundabout and Coggeshall as firefighters had to access fire hydrants on the road. It was reopened shortly before 6.30am. Hollies Road remains closed.

Police are liaising with the Fire Service about the cause of the fire but are not currently investigating.

Fourth woman arrested in care home investigation

The Old Deanery care home. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fourth woman has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations against care staff at the Old Deanery Care home in Braintree, Essex. The woman in her 40s from Braintree was questioned and released on police bail until July whilst enquiries continue.

The arrests came after a television documentary was broadcast, raising concerns about the treatment of residents.

Six more members of staff sacked at Essex care home following documentary

The Old Deanery. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six more staff have been sacked at a care home in Essex following allegations of abuse.

The Old Deanery near Braintree was the subject of a BBC Panorama investigation that was broadcast last night.

Secret filming appeared to show one resident being slapped.

The care worker responsible for apparently slapping the resident was dismissed earlier this week, while seven others were suspended.

Six of those have today been sacked, and a further case is being "urgently reviewed."

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark "shocked and appalled" by alleged poor care at Essex care home

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark says that he is "shocked and appalled" after secret cameras filmed alleged poor care of residents at a care home near the town.

Seven workers were suspended, and one sacked, following the release of the footage.

"I'm surprised, shocked and appalled to be honest," he said.

"I certainly condemn those care workers who perpetrated this. But there are 200 care workers there and the other 192 care workers probably on the whole do a good job."

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