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Patrick O'Flynn a Member of the European Parliament for the East of England, who has an office in Peterborough, has issued a statement expressing his 'sincere regret' over comments he made about UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the General Election.
He apologised directly to Nigel Farage for his use of the phrase 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive'.
He went onto say his comment was a 'fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him.'
Mr O'Flynn has now stood down as economic spokesman.
"I would like to express to colleagues my sincere regret at going public with my frustrations about the turn of events following polling day. And more than that, I would like to apologise directly to Nigel for the phrase 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive'. This was a fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him. Nonetheless, I should have known better than anyone what use would be made of phrases that were both unfair and unkind. I think it appropriate to stand down as economic spokesman, which I have done. I hope in the months ahead to be of use to the great campaign to persuade the British people to leave the EU, which is after all what brought me into politics in the first place."
20 school choirs have been selected to welcome teams during the Rugby World Cup 2015.
There were 100 applications from schools to get the chance to be part of the official welcoming ceremonies held in September.
Schools from our region include the Chestnuts Primary School from Bletchley, Milton Keynes who will welcome Samoa in Brighton.
St Aubyn's School from South Woodford in Essex will welcome Romania in London.
Thurstable School from Tiptree in Essex will welcome Fiji in London.
And Haileybury School from Hertford will welcome Argentina in Hertford.
"We were really pleased with the response we’ve seen from schools wanting to be part of the Welcome Ceremonies for Rugby World Cup 2015. The standard of the applications was very high and I would like to thank all schools that took the time to apply. We now have 20 excellent choirs from across England and Wales that will help us to welcome the participating unions to the Tournament and make it a celebration of Rugby. We hope this will provide them with unforgettable memories and give them and the teams a fantastic Tournament experience.”
The choirs range in size from 18 to 50 pupils and perform a whole range of musical styles. The venues and dates of the ceremonies have yet to be announced.
A teenage girl from Milton Keynes has gone missing.
Police are appealing for help to find 14-year-old Hoodo Ali who was last seen at her school in Greenleys.
She was wearing a hijab and school uniform, consisting of black trousers, a white t-shirt and a yellow and black tie, with navy blue and white Adidas shoes.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101.
People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A mother from Milton Keynes says her three children are lucky to be alive after someone set fire to a car on their front drive in the middle of the night.
It was one of three suspected arson attacks in the Eaglestone area of the town overnight - they all happened within twenty minutes of each other - in the early hours of this morning.
Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper.