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Battleground Anglia: The 69 seats in the East of England where the General Election will be won or lost

The Anglia region is a key election battleground for the politicians fighting for votes to get them into government on Thursday 7 May.

There are 69 constituencies in the region and in 2010 most of them were won by the Conservatives. The Lib Dems won 4 seats in 2010 while Labour lost more than a dozen seats and were left with just two.

Since the last General Election there have been two by-elections in the Anglia region. Labour won back Corby in Northamptonshire in 2012 and UKIP won Clacton in Essex after Douglas Carswell defected from the Conservatives.

Click on the map below to find out more about your constituency in the Anglia region

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Was it a bright start to the tourism season?

Another boat tour arrives back on shore in Hunstanton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

It's the end of the big Bank Holiday weekend, but did our tourism businesses get the bright start to the season they were hoping for?

With a long coastline and hundreds of attractions inland, the tourism industry is a valuable part of our economy.

Kate Prout reports on whether a long weekend of changeable weather put people off visiting.

Easter temperatures still struggling the East but it is set to get warmer

Easter Monday temperatures are still on the cool side for early April in many parts of the Anglia region with the airflow off the chilly North Sea.

Many other parts of the UK are basking in warm sunshine while a blanket of cloud has shrouded the Eastern counties from time to time.

The weather is dry with high pressure centred over the UK. That anticyclone is set to build during the week eventually warming up the Anglia region and making it feel more springlike. Temperatures could reach 20°C by Thursday or Friday.

At 1pm on Easter Monday, the highest temperature across the UK was 18°C in Bournemouth. In the Anglia region at the same time it was just 7°C at Houghton in Norfolk and 8°C at Wattisham in Suffolk.

Click below to watch a computer forecast sequence showing daytime temperatures set to rise during the week

Engineering works should not overrun, say rail bosses

Works on the railways are due to end this evening. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Rail bosses have promised that today's engineering work will not overrun and affect services tomorrow.

Work has been going on since yesterday on the line into Liverpool street - affecting all journeys from Norwich and Clacton.

Bus replacements are running between Ingatestone and Newbury Park.


Will speed limit change mean less time sitting behind lorries on our roads?

Changes to speed limits for HGVs come into force today. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Drivers heading home today after the bank holiday Monday may enjoy quicker journeys than when they set out.

Speed limits for lorries increase by 10mph today.

HGVs can now go 60mph on dual carriageways and 50mph on single carriageways.

The AA says the change will have a particularly strong impact on drivers in our region.

Motorway limits for HGVs remain unchanged at 60mph.

The great North-South divide of the Easter weather

Parts of Scotland saw temperatures around 20°C while the Anglia region was around 10°C. Credit: Met Office

There's been a great Easter north-south divide in the weather in the British Isles.

With temperatures in the Anglia region struggling to get into double figures on Easter Sunday, parts of east Scotland saw the thermometer rising to 20°C.

The temperature at 4pm in Charsfield near Ipswich in Suffolk was just 9°C - some four degrees below the April average for East Anglia.

In contrast at Aboyne in Aberdeenshire the temperature reached 20.7°C making it the warmest day in the UK since 31 October 2014.

Two days of Greater Anglia trains disruption begins on Sunday

Abellio Greater Anglia trains will be affected by engineering works on Easter Sunday and Monday. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Rail passengers are being urged to plan their journeys carefully over the next couple of days.

Engineering works mean buses will replace trains on Greater Anglia services into London on Easter Sunday and Monday.

It will affect the Norwich to London line as well as Southend to London Victoria trains.

Journeys from Ipswich to Peterborough, as well as Ipswich to Lowestoft and Felixstowe will also be disrupted.

Peter Meades is from Abellio Greater Anglia.

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