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Parliamentary candidate convicted of fraud

A Labour parliamentary candidate for Wellingborough has been convicted after buying hundreds of pounds of rail tickets on a closed account.

Richard Garvie Credit: Submitted

Richard Garvie, from Corby, had denied fraud at Wellingborough Magistrates' Court.

His name will still appear on the ballot for next week's election despite being suspended by the Labour Party.

Garvie, who's 30, is due to be sentenced next month. He has said he will appeal against the verdict and has released a statement:

"I am quite confident that the paperwork will show that I have not done anything wrong."

– Richard Garvie

The Electoral Commission's released a statement:

The electoral timetable is set out in law and election law is clear that ballot papers cannot be changed after the close of nominations. The outcome of any election can only be challenged through an election petition.

– Electoral Commission

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Election 2015: Ed Balls says people in the east aren't feeling the economic recovery

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has been in Cambridge on the election campaign trail saying he believes most people in our region aren't feeling the economic recovery.

Today's figures show an increase in those out of work in the East of England, but Conservatives say it's good news nationally as more people are in work than ever before.

But are voters really engaged with the campaign?

Click below to see our report from political correspondent Emma Hutchinson.

Celebrity backers lend their weight to Labour campaign

Comedian Eddie Izzard and Blackadder actor Sir Tony Robison today leant their celebrity weight behind Labour's election campaign in the region.

Serena Sandhu caught up with Eddie Izzard in Basildon and Sir Tony in Norwich to find out whether a celebrity backer could change the way you vote.

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Labour retain Oulton in by-election

Labour has deprived the Tories of outright control of Waveney District Council by retaining their seat at Oulton.

The by-election was called following the death of Labour councillor Mike Ives-Keeler in June.

The seat won by Labour's Len Jacklin, with the Tory councillor in second place.

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Miliband launches Labour's local election campaign

Ed Miliband launches Labour's local election campaign in Ipswich.

A Labour government will give councils new powers to stop pay day lenders and betting shops swamping high streets, Ed Miliband pledged.

Businesses that do well out of hard times are springing up in place of shops, restaurants and banks but town halls are almost powerless to act, the party leader warned.

He set out Labour proposals to change planning laws so councils could refuse permission for certain businesses, including payday lenders that "engulf" people in debt.

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Davey: Miliband tax plan 'is best form of flattery'

The Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey has told ITV News he is "delighted" Labour has "seen the error of their ways" by announcing plans for a "mansion tax" on houses worth £2 million:

Our flagship policy is fairer taxes.

People copying you is the best form of flattery.

If Labour are realising they should have supported the "mansion tax" when we argued for it when they were in government and could have delivered it, then I am delighted that they have seen the error of their ways.

– Energy Secretary Ed Davey
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