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UKIP leader returns to Essex to launch party manifesto

Nigel Farage returned to Essex on Wednesday to launch his party's general election manifesto.

Among UKIP's key policies is more money for the NHS, police and prison service.

Speaking in Thurrock, Mr Farage said the plan would be paid for by leaving the EU and cutting international aid.

Hottest day of the year so far - so how have you been enjoying the sunshine?

Today has officially been the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures feeling more like mid-July than mid-April.

Amanda will have the latest weather update on tonight's ITV News Anglia at 6pm.

In the meantime, watch Sarah Cooper's report about how you have been making the most of the sunshine.

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Tactical voting won't work in this election, warns Green Party leader

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The leader of the Green Party has today urged people to make their votes count during a visit to Cambridge today.

Natalie Bennet said the general election was set to see a number of seats won with just a quarter of the votes.

She said, because of that, tactical voting was no longer likely to work.

"Look at the candidates, look at the policies, look at the parties and say 'that's what I support' and vote for that."

– Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader.

As well as meeting party activists and going on walkabout in the market square, the party leader also visited the town's railway station.

Cambridge and Norwich South are among the Green Party's main target seats.

Find out more about the 2015 general election campaign, including information about your constituency, by clicking here.

Natalie Bennett of the Green Party on the campaign trail in the Anglia region

Natalie Bennett of the Green Party.

Natalie Bennett of the Greens says her party is targeting a dozen seats nationally and two of them are in the East of England.

Norwich South and Cambridge were the Greens' second and third best results in the country at the last election.

The Greens have around 35 councillors around the region and are the main opposition party in Norwich. After her visit to the city, the leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, came into the ITV News Anglia studio.

Click below to watch the full interview:

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Strong wind warning issued for North Norfolk

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of strong winds extending as far south at the North Norfolk coast. The alert says it could lead to some disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for strong winds on Sunday. Credit: Met Office

"Southwesterly winds will increase this morning with gales developing across north Wales, parts of northern England, the north Midlands and eastern England. Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely for a time, perhaps reaching 65 mph on exposed coasts of Lancashire and north Wales.

Winds should ease from the west later this afternoon."

– MET OFFICE

The weather warning is in force from 9am until 5pm on Sunday 12 April 2015

The Met Office says there is some uncertainty about the southward extent of the strongest winds.

The Chief Forecaster's assessment is: "A small depression is expected to run quickly east northeast today, crossing northern England early this afternoon. A swathe of southwesterly gales is likely to the south of the depression centre, but these should ease later this afternoon as the system moves away over the North Sea."

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