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East Coast workers suspend strike action

A Virgin East Coast train Credit: PA

A planned strike by workers on East Coast trains - which run through Peterborough and Stevenage - has been suspended.

Union members were due to walk out on Friday in a row over job cuts, working conditions and safety.

However, Virgin Trains said the union has "returned to the table for further discussions" and welcomed the decision to suspend industrial action.

We’re pleased that the RMT has agreed to suspend industrial action and continue talks.

We had put in place detailed contingency plans which would have seen our timetable run as normal, nevertheless this news will be welcomed by our customers and people.

We’re making exciting changes on the east coast as part of the customer-centric revolution which has seen us embark on a £140m investment programme in our trains and stations.

We want a service that focuses firmly on the customer and look forward to discussing these further with representatives of the RMT.

– David Horne, Virgin Trains’ Managing Director


Hamilton takes championship lead in Hungary

Hamilton has a six-point advantage over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton took the championship lead for the first time this season after topping the podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton leads the driver standings for the first time this year Credit: PA

The Stevenage driver beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to victory after passing him on the first turn.

It's a record-breaking fifth win for Hamilton in Hungary.

Milton-Keynes based Red Bull completed the podium with Daniel Ricciardo finishing third.

Hamilton now moves six points ahead of Rosberg with just one more race to go before the summer break .

Hungarian Grand Prix standings:

  • 1st - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2nd - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  • 3rd - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
  • 4th - Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • 5th -Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Hamilton thanks 'amazing' Mercedes team after Silverstone triumph

Hamilton has now won the British Grand Prix four times in his career. Credit: PA

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton has thanked his fans after he won the fourth British Grand Prix of his career at Silverstone today.

The world champion was roared on by 130,000 supporters in Northamptonshire as he crossed the line ahead of Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton also tweeted his gratitude to his Mercedes team who he said had done an "amazing job".


Labour hold Stevenage but with cut in majority

Labour hold Stevenage Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour have comfortably held Stevenage Council in Hertfordshire but with a slightly reduced majority of 19.

Stevenage is one of the safest councils for Labour in the Anglia region with the party having an overall majority since the authority was created in 1973.

Labour lost one seat to the Conservatives.

Scientist: 'Stevenage forest mission is fantastic news'

A leading scientist behind a new satellite which is to be built in Stevenage has described the project as 'fantastic'.

The 'Biomass' probe will be built by the town's Airbus Defence team and will help monitor the earth's forests from space.

It is due to be launched in 2021.

Stevenage satellite to monitor the world's forests from space

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Scientists will soon be able to monitor the earth's forests from space thanks to a new satellite to be built at Stevenage's Airbus Defence team.

The project called 'Biomass' follows on from last week's test of its Mars Rover by astronaut Tim Peake.

The Biomass probe will provide information to climate researchers all over the world when it is launched in 2021.

It will make 3D maps of forests across the globe and measure the amount of carbon present.

It will also pick up any annual changes.

Collecting accurate data on the world's biomass is key to our understanding of the world's climate.

We are very pleased to help ESA with this mission that will provide key data for scientists and climate scientists around the world.

– François Auque, Head of Space Systems
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