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South Leicestershire MP not standing again

Andrew Robathan, Conservative MP for South Leicestershire, has issued a statement saying he will not stand again at next year's general election.

MP Andrew Robathan Credit: Chris Ison/PA

It is with very mixed feelings that I have decided not to stand again as the Conservative candidate for South Leicestershire. It has been a huge privilege representing all my constituents and I am honoured by the trust and confidence that people have shown in me. I have greatly enjoyed my role and I hope have done some good both for my constituents and for our country. However, time moves on. In July I stood down from the Front bench following 12 years and, after a great deal of soul searching, I believe it is time to let someone else represent the constituency. Next year will mark a quarter of a century since I was selected as candidate there and the Association will now have the exciting opportunity of choosing a new candidate and, DV, MP.

– MP Andrew Robathan

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£1 million appeal to build new RSPCA veterinary suite

A dog at an RSPCA waiting room Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

RSCPA Leicestershire has launched the biggest appeal in its history to build a new veterinary suite.

The £1 million scheme was launched at Leicester's Woodside Animal Centre where it will be built.

The Care 4 Paws appeal will allow animals to remain on site for treatment instead of having to be transported around the region.

Leicestershire Council may cut library opening hours

Plans to save money at Leicestershire's libraries by reducing opening hours will be considered by the county council later. Credit: ITV News Central

Plans to save money at Leicestershire's libraries by reducing opening hours will be considered by the county council later.

Proposals to reduce opening hours at 16 major libraries by 20 per cent will be discussed by councillors, before recommendations are made in November.

The council says the move would save £800,000.

Five-year-old recovering after heart transplant

Albert Tansey Credit: Facebook

A five-year-old boy from Leicestershire who took part in a unique ice bucket challenge is recovering in hospital after having a heart transplant.

Albert Tansey, from Burbage, threw bean-bags over himself instead of ice cold water as he could not get cold because he was born with half a heart.

His parents had been hoping for the transplant for several years.

In the video Albert asks people to join the donor register.

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East Midlands economy to be boosted by young offenders centre

70% of the work will be sourced locally. Credit: ITV News Central

The firm contracted to build a new secure education centre for young offenders in Leicestershire have guaranteed that 70% of the work will be sourced locally.

It's in an effort to boost the East Midlands economy and businesses are being invited to a supplier event later.

The building will open next to Glen Parva prison in 2017.

Businesses are being invited to a supplier event later. Credit: ITV News Central
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