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Anglia Late Edition - March 2018

Anglia Late Edition is the regional politics programme for the East of England presented by political correspondent Emma Hutchinson.

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This month's progamme looks at the financial crisis at Northamptonshire County Council, progress on Brexit and the legacy of Stephen Hawking.

The Conservative leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Heather Smith, resigned after a damning report from government inspectors criticised it for failing to manage its budget for a number of years.

The report says the situation has become so serious that a fresh start is needed with the council scrapped and potentially replaced with two new unitary authorities.

That would also see the end of district councils in the county.

Cllr Heather Smith resigned as leader of Northamptonshire County Council after a damning report on financial mismanagement. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The programme also discussed the progress on Brexit as the UK works with the European Union over a trade deal.

The Fisheries Minister was in Lowestoft to pledge that Brexit would be: "A great opportunity to take back control of our own fishing supplies".

George Eustice was speaking to fishing, offshore and environmental leaders. He promised that leaving the European Union would revive a foundering industry.

The Fisheries Minister was in Lowestoft to pledge that Brexit would be a good opportunity to take back control. Credit: ITV News

Emma was joined in the studio by three politicians from the Anglia region

  • Peter Bone has been the Conservative MP for Wellingborough since 2015
  • Sandy Martin has been the Labour MP for Ipswich since 2017
  • Baroness Sal Brinton is the President of the Liberal Democrats
The guests on Anglia Late Edition were Peter Bone MP (Con), Sandy Martin MP (Lab) and Baroness Sal Brinton (Lib Dem) Credit: ITV Anglia

The programme also paid tribute to Cambridge academic and scientist Professor Stephen Hawking who died this week at the age of 76.

"An outstanding person who overcame the most extraordinary illness and disability to make sure he was able to continue his work.

"I suspect in 100 years time they will be talking about him in the same way as we talk about Einstein.

"As a disabled person, he led the way for people like me to be able say 'actually I can work, I can do this' because he showed us how.

– Baroness Sal Brinton
Professor Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at the age of 76. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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