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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."

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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."

Care worker sacked after being caught on camera allegedly slapping an elderly resident at Essex care home

The Old Deanery in Bocking. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Eight workers at a residential home near Braintree in Essex have been suspended after secret cameras filmed alleged poor care of residents.

One member of staff seen apparently slapping a resident was dismissed.

Anglia Retirement Homes said it had launched an independent inquiry into allegations of mistreatment at the Old Deanery in Bocking, after it was filmed by an undercover BBC reporter.

'Elderly Care Exposed' will be broadcast tonight.

Eight workers suspended at Essex care home

Eight care workers at an Essex care home have been suspended after secret cameras filmed alleged poor care of residents.

Anglia Retirement Homes said it had launched an independent inquiry into the allegations after the BBC says it filmed staff mocking residents and ignoring their calls for help.

One care worker who was caught slapping a women was "summarily dismissed", it added.

The alleged mistreatment at the Old Deanery in Essex, a 93-bed home in Bocking, was filmed last year by an undercover reporter for the BBC.

  • Anglia Retirement Homes told the BBC the incidents involved a "small number of staff".

As soon as the new management team was made aware of the allegations we took immediate action.

We hired an independent law firm to carry out a full investigation as a matter of urgency. Eight staff were immediately suspended, and have not returned to work, pending a full inquiry.

Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our residents and we have more than 200 dedicated members of staff who remain committed to the highest standards of care."

– Anglia Retirement Homes statement

In its latest inspection in February the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reported the home had too few staff and some residents waited too long for staff to answer their calls.

The company was taken over by new owners last November. Elderly Care Exposed will be broadcast tonight.

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