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Firefighters across the east to strike today in pension dispute

Firefighters to go on strike today in pensions dispute Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters from across the East of England will be striking today over a continuing pensions dispute with the Government.

Thousands of members of the Fire Brigades Union are expected to join a lunchtime rally in London before lobbying MPs to support their campaign against changes to pensions and their retirement age.

Fire services will be putting contingency plans into place as normal services will not be run from 7am - for 24 hours.

"If we find that we have a very big incident in Cambridgeshire we have an agreement with FBU that members could return to work voluntarily, we also have arrangements with other services who could provide back-up."

– Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

Thousands of jobs could be under threat due to dramatic reduction in North Sea oil and gas revenue

There is a warning that thousands of jobs are under threat because of a dramatic reduction in North Sea oil and gas revenue.

It is likely to have more of an effect on oil production off Scotland, but firms in our region will not be immune from the economic decline.

They are calling on the Government to provide tax breaks to help make the UK energy industry more competitive.

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Jobs boost announced in Yarmouth and Lowestoft

Enterprise Zone success in Suffolk and Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 700 jobs have been created in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone according to figures just released.

The jobs boost has been announced by the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles.

The region is said to have been particularly successful in the energy sector, bringing £994 million a year to Norfolk and Suffolk.

It's hoped the Enterprise Zone will have created 9,000 jobs by 2025.

"Enterprise Zones are now picking up the pace and really starting to deliver for the economy. We're seeing activity across the country from established sites attracting some of the biggest names in business to derelict sites being brought back to life. That's because our long-term economic plan is giving businesses the confidence to invest. They know that Enterprise Zones work and are making the most of the top-class incentives and world-class infrastructure on offer. "

– Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary


Next rail operator will need to cut Norwich-to-London journey times to 90 minutes

The search is on for the next rail operator to run the East Anglia franchise. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The next rail operator on the Norwich to London line is being asked to reduce journey times by nearly 30 minutes.

The government has launched the search for the company who will take over the East Anglia franchise in October 2016.

Bidders are being asked to look into reducing the journey time to 90 minutes, as well as cut the number of delays and cancellations.

Abellio Greater Anglia currently runs the franchise.

"East Anglia has a thriving economy and I want it to be served by the best train services possible.

"Giving the region train services fit for the 21st century is vital to connecting people with jobs and businesses with customers.

"Good transport is central to our long-term economic plan."

– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary.

Rail operator bombarded by angry tweets

Greater Anglia has been bombarded by tweets from angry passengers. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Frustrated train passengers bombarded rail operator Greater Anglia with more than 240,000 tweets last year, according data team London Commute.

They included more than 40,000 complaints about delays and 9,000 about cancellations.

In the National Passenger Survey, published last month, 80% of passengers were said to be satisfied with Greater Anglia's rail service.

Prime Minister will claim his economic plan 'is working in the East of England" during second visit to region

David Cameron at the Vauxhall factory in Luton on Tuesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The Prime Minister will be back in the region today to set out his long-term economic plan for the East of England.

David Cameron will make a speech to business leaders in Felixstowe during his visit to Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

He will claim the government's plan has worked so far in the East of England - making it the fastest growing economy outside of London.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister met automotive industry workers in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

"We will keep working through our plan to secure a brighter future for hardworking people across the East of England by making the most of the region’s strengths in science, defence and energy, ensuring we have world-class infrastructure and backing business to create more jobs.”

– David Cameron.
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