Unemployment in East Anglia falls by 2,000

Unemployment in the region has decreased by 2,000, as the number of people in work nationally reaches its highest level since records began.

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Miliband: 'We have moved on from New Labour'

Ed Miliband will mark out a "new direction" for the Labour Party today as he tells a major party event that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown "did not do enough" to fix fundamental problems with the economy.

In a sign that he is trying to distance himself from previous Labour leaders, Mr Miliband will say: "We have moved on from New Labour. And we are not going back to old Labour."

Speaking at the National Policy Forum in Milton Keynes, Mr Miliband will argue Labour "did great things in Government to redistribute resources" but failed to tackle problems such as inequality and low rates of pay.

He will say a Labour government would instigate a programme to build "a wholly new economy, fit for the 21st century".

Read: Miliband: No return to Labour's big-spending approach

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Weather warning upgraded to amber for Saturday's storms

Areas covered by amber and yellow weather warnings for heavy rain on Saturday.
Areas covered by amber and yellow weather warnings for heavy rain on Saturday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office weather warning for the predicted weekend thunderstorms has been upgraded from yellow to amber for most of England and Wales on Saturday.

Thunderstorms have already hit some parts of the Anglia region through Friday morning but more downpours are expected over the weekend.

Heatwave conditions are expected across the region today with temperatures forecast to rise to 32°C (90°F)

"Several areas of heavy, thundery showers will develop over England and Wales from Friday night before moving northwards during Saturday. Not everywhere within the warning area will see thunderstorms, and indeed some spells of warm sunshine are expected at times, but where thunderstorms do form, some torrential downpours are likely with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts. Significant flooding is possible where these do occur from surface water as well as from small, fast-responding watercourses."

– MET OFFICE

Thunderstorms in Bedfordshire, Northants and Milton Keynes

Rainfall radar at 9.15am indicating downpours near Luton and Milton Keynes
Rainfall radar at 9.15am indicating downpours near Luton and Milton Keynes Credit: Met Office

Torrential downpours are affecting parts of the Anglia region as hot air arrives from the continent.

The white areas on the rainfall radar indicated rain rates in excess of 32mm per hour.

Heatwave conditions are expected in the area today with temperatures up to 32°C.

Read more: The latest Anglia Weather

Pictures: Your images of the storms

Lightning strikes between 8am and 10am on Friday 18 July 2014
Lightning strikes between 8am and 10am on Friday 18 July 2014 Credit: Lightningmaps.org
  • Email your pictures of the weather near you by sending them to angliaweather@itv.com

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First World War Centenary School Report: Kingsley Primary School

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

Our latest tale was sent in by 10-year-old Eloise Griffiths from Kingsley Primary School in Northampton.

Like so many people trying to find out about war veterans in their family, Eloise knew very little about her great-great-grandfather, who worked as a clicker, cutting out leather at one of the town's famous shoe factories.

So we sent her out with a camera and armed with just a name, an address, a job title and a few photos.

With the help of a few other people, she has been able to trace the story of John Wright - soldier and clicker.

Click below to watch John Wright's story

Norfolk: Liz Truss "delighted" to have been appointed Environment Secretary

Liz Truss.
Liz Truss. Credit: PA

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss has made her first appearance in the Commons today as Environment Secretary.

Just two days after being given her new job in the latest Cabient reshuffle she faced questions in the Commons on the Environment.

Ms Truss, who is 38, has been an MP for just four years.

"I'm delighted to have been appointed to this important role, and to have such an early opportunity to answer questions.

In the 48 hours since my appointment, I've not quite been able to speak to everyone, or look at every issue, but I know from my work in Norfolk how vital this department is."

– Liz Truss, Environment Secretary

Read more: Why Liz Truss is one of the rising stars of the 2010 Tory intake

Writtle in Essex was the hottest place in the UK on Wednesday

Writtle near Chelmsford recorded the highest temperature in the UK on Wednesday 16 July with a maximum of 27.9°C (82.2°F).

It is forecast to get much hotter on Thursday and Friday and the Met Office has issued a heat-health alert.

Other highs in the Anglia region on Wednesday 16 July

  • 27.3°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 26.7°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 26.5°C at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 26.2°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 26.1°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 25.7°C in Cromer, Norfolk
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