Deborah McGurran, Political editor, East of England

Deborah McGurran Political editor, East of England

This is where you can come for my take on politics with an eastern twist - from Lowestoft to Luton

King's Lynn incinerator plan bites the dust

1 April 2014

After many years of wrangling it looks like the good people of West Norfolk have finally won their battle to stop an incinerator being built at King's Lynn.

Although council leaders have announced they're scrapping the controversial scheme, it's hardly a win-win scenario. Everyone in the county is going to have to pick up the compensation bill and what a bill it is, all £30m of it.

It's the latest twist in a political blame game. Conservatives running Norfolk County Council wanted to reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill but they faced stiff opposition from local councillors and the North West Norfolk Conservative MP Henry Bellingham.

He said: "I am delighted with the decision. It was not value for money and not only would the costs have gone on mounting but there are other more cost-effective solutions.

Contractors Cory Wheelabrator are due costs of £30m arising from the termination of the contract to build the incinerator. Mr Bellingham hopes the company will not want the full amount and believes the government will help out.

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Elderly losing out on health funding, says Suffolk MP

25 March 2014
Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey
Therese Coffey said she was sad that NHS England had "bottled" tackling unfairness in funding

NHS England has turned its back on elderly people in parts of this region, according to Suffolk MP, Therese Coffey.

She says that even though we have some of the country's highest numbers of elderly people, it is not always reflected in the money given to local NHS trusts.

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Budget delivers £100m boost to turn Cambridge in key city

21 March 2014
Harlow MP Robert Halfon
Harlow MP Robert Halfon was named by the Chancellor for his support of causes popular

The budget has yielded the long-awaited details of Cambridge's City Deal and there is a bit of a wow factor in the £100m settlement.

The announcement by the Chancellor in his Spring Budget will see more jobs and housing but it is aimed at new spending on transport and infrastructure to help get Cambridge moving.

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Hopes boosted for the reopening of the Wisbech line

12 March 2014
Wisbech line
There are fresh hope for the restoration of the Wisbech line

Whitehall, it seems, now realises that rural parts of the country have been neglected when it comes to spending on infrastructure.

The latest transport route in the region to be declared by a minister to be a "strategic priority" is the eight-mile branch line that used to run between Wisbech and March in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

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Spreading the UKIP message

4 March 2014

There are still two and half months to go before this year's elections but one party is already off the blocks. The UK Independence Party has launched its campaign with a series of public meetings around the region.

After last year's success in the county council elections and with opinion poll support stronger in the east than anywhere else in the country, it's trying to keep the momentum going.

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Gummer's plea to rename National Insurance

27 February 2014
Ben Gummer
Ben Gummer hopes to rename National Insurance

After championing transparency on your tax bill, Ben Gummer's new plan is to rename National Insurance.

Brought in by the indomitable Lloyd George in 1911, National Insurance contributions were introduced to provide insurance against illness and unemployment and it's often said that 'it pays for the health service'.

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Norfolk Greens push budget talks to the line

19 February 2014

There were a good number of fevered brows on the faces of Norfolk councillors as the Green Party played hard ball over the county budget.

After five months of tip toeing around negotiations in this delicate "Rainbow" coalition, the Green Party lobbed in a grenade.

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Essex MP Sir Alan Haselhurst fights to stand aged 77

11 February 2014
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Essex MP, Sir Alan Haselhurst, wants to fight the next election aged 77

It seems another of the east's MPs is having to fight his corner. This time it's Sir Alan Haselhurst in the firing line, facing questions about his future.

Like the recently deselected Conservative MP Tim Yeo, he's been a member of the House of Commons for decades, like Mr Yeo he's been returned with large majorities but unlike Mr Yeo there do not seem to be concerns about his visibility as Saffron Walden's MP.

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Tim Yeo loses his fight to remain MP for South Suffolk

4 February 2014

Well it's happened. After 30 years in the job Tim Yeo will no longer represent South Suffolk after the next general election.

He's been turfed out by his own local party following a ballot of its 600 members. Apparently almost 500 of them took part in the poll, a turnout of 82%.

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Ballot begins as Tim Yeo fights to keep Suffolk seat

23 January 2014
South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo
Tim Yeo MP's website campaign to fight de-selection in South Suffolk

The gloves appear to be off in Tim Yeo's battle to remain in his seat of South Suffolk.

Ballot papers have gone out to 600 local party members, while supporters and detractors are squaring up to one another.

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About Deborah

Deborah McGurran is BBC East's political editor, based in Norwich.

She has worked in regional TV since 1990 when she began as a regional journalist for North West Tonight.

She has been editor for a decade and was nominated for an RTS for the expenses scandal story on Margaret Moran.

She moved to Essex with her family and started working in the east 15 years ago.

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