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Essex MP keeps International Development brief

The MP for Witham in Essex, Priti Patel, remains in her post at International Development Secretary in Theresa May Cabinet reshuffle.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel arrives at Downing Street. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Priti Patel, who was a leading campaign for Brexit in the EU referendum, was promoted to the Cabinet when Mrs May became Prime Minister in July 2016. She had been Employment Minister under David Cameron.

Her majority in Witham fell slightly to 18,646 in the recent General Election

Priti Patel warns against complacency after local election success

The International Development Secretary Priti Patal has warned of the dangers of complacency ahead of the General Election after the Conservatives made gains on Essex County Council.

Priti Patel, who was been MP for Witham since 2010, told ITV News Anglia that the Tories take nothing for granted.

During the General Election campaign we will make our pitch for a secure and strong Britain as we leave the European Union and importantly to give Theresa May that mandate to get the best deal for Britain.

– Piti Patel, Conservative


'No one in the pool' at time of Witham chemical incident

Witham Leisure Centre. Credit: Google Street View.

The charity that runs the swimming pool at the centre of a chemical scare this weekend says no-one was in the water at the time.

Fusion Lifestyle has launched an investigation following the incident at Witham Leisure Centre when staff mixed the wrong chemicals in an attempt to make chlorine.

A spokesman said it happened in the plant room and no one was in the pool at the time. The rest of the leisure centre has now re-opened and swimmers are being encouraged to use the pool in Halstead instead.

Patients taken to hospital and eight treated for breathing difficulties following Witham chemical incident

Eight people have been treated at the scene and others taken to hospital following a chemical incident in Witham. Credit: Google Street View.

Eight people have been treated for breathing difficulties at the scene of a chemical incident in Essex.

The East of England Ambulance Service says it has also taken a number of patients from Witham Leisure Park to Broomfield Hospital after being called at 11.44am on Saturday, March 18.

Two ambulances, two ambulance offices, two rapid response cars and the hazardous area response team are all attending.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service has also sent six crews.

Leisure centre evacuated after chemical incident in Witham

Witham Leisure Centre, where there has been a chemical incident. Credit: Google Street View.

A leisure centre in Essex has been evacuated following a "chemical mixing error" in the swimming pool.

Crews from Essex Fire and Rescue Service were called to Witham Leisure Centre just before 11.30am on Saturday (March 18).

They remain on the scene and have confirmed an ambulance was also called to the centre.

A fire service spokesman said "two chemicals have been mixed together in a dosing machine by error" leading to the evacuation of the building.


'No further fatalities' following A12 lorry crash

The crash happened on Wednesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have confirmed there were no further fatalities following the lorry crash on the A12 in Essex earlier this week.

A HGV plunged off a bridge at Witham on Wednesday 8 February, killing the driver.

Officers have spent the last couple of days checking for other victims, but are now satisfied there was only one casualty.

One lane of the A12 southbound carriageway has now reopened.

A12 lorry crash: Police check for further fatalities

The lorry veered off a bridge on Wednesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Essex say they're checking there were no other fatalities involved in a lorry crash earlier this week.

A HGV plunged off a bridge over the A12 at Witham and on to the road below on Wednesday. The driver was killed.

Due to the severe damage to the lorry, Essex Police said it was being searched to check for other victims.

One lane of the A12 southbound carriageway has now reopened.

As there was extensive damage to the vehicle, work is also being carried out to ensure that there have been no other casualties as a result of the collision.

The trailer has been forensically recovered by the multi-agency response team and is being searched to ensure that there are no other fatalities.

– Essex Police spokesperson

Travel - Lane still closed after lorry plunges off bridge

One lane remains closed southbound on the A12 at Witham in Essex Credit: ITV Anglia

One lane remains closed southbound on the A12 at Witham in Essex following Wednesday's lorry crash.

There is still no access to the road at Junction 22. The HGV burst into flames after landing on the southbound carriageway, near Witham.

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