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Election 2015 - your issues raised

Today marks 100 days to go until the General Election Credit: ITV News

With 100 days to go until the General Election, an exclusive poll commissioned by ITV News has highlighted the top concerns for voters.

Nationally, the NHS came out as the biggest issue.

But here in the East, immigration is the top priority - 55% of those questioned said it should be a main focus for the government - compared to 49% nationally.

Managing the National Health service is a very close second for our region, with 53% saying it should be a priority issue.

And the cost of living rounds out the top 3 - with 25% citing it as a concern.

ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson has been talking to all the main party leaders about what they're doing to convince voters.

PM announces jobs boost for region

Prime Minister David Cameron at the Festival of British Business Credit: PA

The Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the creation of around 400 new jobs for the region.

Speaking at the launch of the International Festival for Business (IFB) he announced that UK companies have agreed new deals worth over £200m which will create or safeguard more than 800 UK jobs.

Volkswagen Financial Services - which provides finance and insurance services to customers -are creating 340 jobs in Milton Keynes

Multimatic motorsports are creating 232 R&D and manufacturing jobs in Coventry and Norfolk.

The IFB is the biggest trade fair in the UK in over 60 years and will be the biggest festival of business events globally in 2014.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has organised the British Business Embassy which will launch the festival and showcase what Britain has to offer to international business leaders and decision makers.


Man charged after Cameron protest

Protestors gather during David Cameron's visit to Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been charged with a public order offence after a disturbance during the Prime Minister's visit to Norfolk. 53 year old Andrew Peel will appear in court next month.

Protestors threw placards at David Cameron's car as he arrived at the Forum in Norwich last night.

More than sixty people had gathered to voice their anger over Government cuts.

Cameron says scheme will get thousands on property ladder

A new scheme help people buy their own home was launched today in Weston Favell in Northampton by the Prime Minister.

The Help-to-Buy mortgage guarantee means that buyers will only need a deposit of as little a 5 per cent.

The Prime Minister said that too many hardworking people were finding it impossible to buy their own home because they "haven’t got rich parents and can’t pay the deposit up front".

There is a need for Government to act. Buying your first home is about far more than four walls to sleep at night.

It’s somewhere to put down roots and raise a family. It’s an investment for the future. Above all, it’s a sign that everything you’ve put in has been worth it.

So from today, thousands of people will be able to get a foot on the housing ladder by applying for the new Help to Buy mortgage guarantee.

If you've got 5 per cent of the funds for a mortgage deposit, we’re providing a guarantee to the banks to help you get the rest.

– David Cameron

Prime Minister launches homes scheme in Northamptonshire

The Prime Minister has arrived in Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Weston Favell in Northamptonshire to mark the launch of the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee.

Natwest, RBS, Halifax and Bank of Scotland will start offering the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee this week.

David Cameron in Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia


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David Cameron sets out EU stall in Essex

David Cameron chose Essex as the location for a speech to lay down a few markers ahead of the G8 summit next week.

He said he wanted Britain to cement itself as a global competitor and believed its role in organisations like the EU would be central to that.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington:

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Tory MP: Brits cannot afford to be 'little Europeans'

Eurosceptic Tory backbencher Bernard Jenkin said Brits "cannot afford to be 'little Europeans'" following David Cameron's speech on Britain's future.

Mr Jenkin said: "The Prime Minister has come to Essex to warn that we cannot afford to be 'little Englanders' - and he is right - but we cannot afford to be 'little Europeans' either, but that's where the EU is taking the UK.

Conservative backbench MP Bernard Jenkin. Credit: Chris Young/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"He is right that the UK's prosperity and security depend so much on what happens in the rest of the world, but wrong to suggest that the UK must stay in the EU.

"Unless there is a fundamental change in our relationship with the EU, the UK will simply have to leave the EU, so British business is free to compete".

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Cameron lists key areas of UK's national weakness

Prime Minister David Cameron listed "key areas of national weakness compared to the rest of the world" during a speech on Britain's future.

Highlighting issues the Conservatives and Labour are divided on, Mr Cameron said the key areas that need changing are Britain's:

  • Debt-fuelled, unbalanced economy
  • Bloated welfare system
  • Under-performing education system

"Fixing these things are the three key domestic priorities of this Government. And though it's taking time, we are making progress and getting our country into shape", he added.

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