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Long-serving MEP Richard Howitt to stand down

Richard Howitt will step down in November. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Long-serving East of England Euro MP Richard Howitt has announced he will stand down from his role later this year to take on a new job as the Chief Executive of a global organisation.

Labour MEP Howitt has been in the European Parliament for the last 22 years but will now become CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in November.

The organisation links companies with "society, the environment and the wider economy."

It will be a great privilege to apply my experience in Europe to a truly international role.

Integrated reporting is the single best global antidote to the spread of short-term risks that has plagued our capital markets with uncertainty and volatility, causing harm to our economy, businesses, society and, yes, the environment.

It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role and I cannot thank enough the countless people who I have sought to help - and who have shown extraordinary kindness in helping me.

– Richard Howitt MEP



Essex's Saskia Clark gives her boxing skills a go

Video report by ITV Anglia's Hannah Pettifer.

It's been named the "nation's biggest sports day," with I Am Team GB events happening all over the country today (August 27).

In Colchester, sailor and Olympic gold medal winner Saskia Clark put on some boxing gloves and gave the sport a go. Just like many other young people in the region.

Young people in Colchester having a go at boxing Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We need to get our kids active and moving, we're on the brink of a potential disaster in this country with obesity and diabetes and stuff so we need to get everyone out,get involved in sport, try everything, see what you like and have a healthy and active lifestyle."

– Saskia Clarke, Team GB Olympic sailor

Essex gymnast Brinn Bevan was also at the event, which aims to get more people involved in sport.

Essex gymnast Brinn Bevan was also at the event Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The first thing that really inspired me for success in sport was the Beijing olympics in 2008 I remember watching it on tv and someone who was in the team with me this time was Louis Smith came back with a bronze medal which really inspired me and should be for these little kids."

– Brinn Bevan, Gymnast

Rutherford hosts long jump event in his own garden

Milton Keynes' long jumper Greg Rutherford has today hosted a long jump event at his home Credit: ITV News Anglia

Olympic bronze medal winner Greg Rutherford has today hosted a long jump competition in his own garden.

It's part of an I Am Team GB event, with the aim of encouraging young people to get involved in the sport.

School children from the region joined the Milton Keynes long jumper Credit: ITV News Anglia

Olympic bronze medal winner joins I Am Team GB event in Luton

Cambridge diver Daniel Goodfellow is supporting a Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge's Olympic bronze medal winner Daniel Goodfellow has been showing his support for I Am Team GB at an event in Luton today (August 27).

Luton Sports Village is hosting a "dive in" to try and encourage more people to get involved in the sport.

Daniel Goodfellow, who won a bronze medal in the Men's 10m Synchronised Platform event with his partner Tom Daley in Rio, will be doing some demonstration dives.

Olympic champion Saskia Clark joins boxing event in Colchester

Saskia Clark (right) with her sailing partner and Hannah Mills after winning gold in Rio Credit: PA

Essex sailor Saskia Clarke has been joining in with the I Am Team GB activities taking place in Culver Square, Colchester today.

England Boxing are inviting people there to try boxing under the supervision of qualified England Boxing coaches.

Colchester MP Will Quince has been showing his support at the event.

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