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UKIP announces Euro candidates for East Midlands

Roger Helmer and Margot Parker are the two lead candidates for UKIP in the 2014 European Election Credit: UKIP

UKIP has selected its five candidates to stand in the East Midlands in the 2014 European Election in May.

Former Conservative MEP Roger Helmer is the lead candidate in the list with the UKIP candidate in the Corby by-election in 2012, Margot Parker, in second place.

The remaining places go to Jonathan Bullock, Nigel Wickens and Barry Mahoney.

The current UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, is Derek Clark. He is stepping down after eight years in the European Parliament in Strasbourg and Brussels.

Under the proportional representation system in use for the European Elections in the UK the five seats are allocated depending on the share of the vote for each party. At the last election in 2009, two Conservatives were elected along with one MEP each for Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP.

House prices remain flat in the East

House prices in the East remain flat Credit: PA

UK house prices may have seen an increase for the first time in nine months in February - but prices in the Anglia region remained stagnant.

Property analyst Hometrack says London saw month-on-month rises of 0.3%, leading to a 0.1% increase across England and Wales.

However monthly prices were flat in East Anglia, the East Midlands. Prices fell in the North East by 0.2%.

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Hospitals warned over staffing levels

Northampton General Hospital is under fire over staffing levels Credit: PA

Three hospitals in our region are on a list of seventeen that have been reprimanded by a health watchdog for having dangerously low staffing levels.

The Care Quality Commission has told the Sunday Telegraph that Northampton General Hospital, Milton Keynes Hospital and St Peter's Hospital at Maldon in Essex do not have enough staff to keep people safe and meet their health and welfare needs.

Eight Mental Health Units including the Cavell Centre in Peterborough and the Campbell Centre in Bedford have also been criticised over staffing levels.

The CQC have warned all the hospitals named, that improvements must be made

Rail strike off

East Midlands Trains has welcomed an announcement that industrial action planned by members of the rail union ASLEF on 23rd and 25th June has been resolved.

The company says it now plans to run a full and normal service on both days.