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New Lib Dem leader speaks to ITV News Anglia on first visit to region since appointment

The threat of closure to some of Cambridgeshire's children's centres prompted a visit from the Liberal Democrats' new leader Sir Vince Cable.

The county council is consulting on plans to scrap 19 centres across the county in the hope of saving a million pounds.

One of them is the Romsey Mill children's centre where the Lib Dem leader was today.

Watch what Sir Vince had to say about those plans - and his party's chances in the region - by clicking the link above.

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Lib Dems boast 2,000 new members in the East of England

The Anglia region had four Liberal Democrat MPs before the election in May. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says support for the Party is already growing after a disastrous election result in May.

The Liberal Democrats had four MPs in the Anglia region before the General Election, but lost three of them in Colchester, Cambridge and Norwich South. Their only remaining MP in the East is North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb.

The Lib Dems say more than 2,000 new members have joined the Party since May and are fighting back.

Tim Farron was speaking to ITV News Anglia Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

North Norfolk MP remains Health spokesman in Lib Dem leader's new team

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb remains as the Lib Dem health spokesperson. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has remained as the Liberal Democrats' Health spokesman in the new frontbench team.

It follows the election of Tim Farron as the new leader of the Lib Dems. He beat Mr Lamb in the contest.

Norman Lamb is the only Lib Dem MP in the Anglia region and has been his party's health spokesperson since 2006. He served as the Care Minister in the last coalition government.

"The team I am announcing today is the Liberal voice that Britain desperately needs.

“It features some of the best campaigners that the party has, balanced with the experience and economic credibility that our party has developed over the last five years in government."

– Tim Farron MP, Leader, Liberal Democrats

Lamb on Lib Dem leadership contest: 'It's been exhausting but quite invigorating'

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb says there are enormous compensations to losing the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats.

He says he'll be able to spend more time watching Norwich City and being with his wife Mary after he forgot their wedding anniversary this week.

Mr Lamb said he was closer to winning the contest than some predictions after he lost to Tim Farron by 44% to 56%.

Click below to watch Norman Lamb speaking to ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

“This leadership election has energised and united our party.

“Tim Farron will be a passionate leader of our party, championing social justice and leading from the front in our campaign to rebuild the liberal voice in our country. I will give him my full backing.”

– Norman Lamb MP

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Norfolk MP Norman Lamb loses Lib Dem leadership race

Norman Lamb has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk since 2001. Credit: ITV News

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has been beaten in the election to be next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron won the leadership election following the resignation of Nick Clegg after the party's disastrous General Election.

Norman Lamb was first elected in 2001 and is now one of only eight Lib Dem MPs at Westminster

56.5%
Tim Farron
43.5%
Norman Lamb

Tim Farron received 19,137 votes and Norman Lamb received the backing of 14,760 Lib Dem members.

Norfolk MP Norman Lamb to discover Lib Dem leadership fate

Norman Lamb. Credit: PA

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb will find out today if he has been selected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Voting in the contest between him and former party president Tim Farron ended yesterday.

The result will be announced on social media this afternoon - the Leader's first public appearance will be at a members' rally in London.

"It's been a real marathon.

I'm so exhausted and absolutely ready for a holiday and I am sort of resigned to whatever result that comes through.

I am glad I have done it.

I think it's been the right thing to do to give a competition and a choice to the party. If I win, I am up for it and I will go for it - if i don't, I will get a bit more space in my life."

– Norman Lamb

Click below to watch ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson give her assessment of Norman Lamb's chances

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