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PUBLISHED: 11:29 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 22 November 2017

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, prepares his speech in his office in Downing Street, London, ahead of his 2017 Budget announcement. Picture: CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/PA Wire

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, prepares his speech in his office in Downing Street, London, ahead of his 2017 Budget announcement. Picture: CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/PA Wire

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is today unveiling his first autumn budget with predictions that it could be one of the most interesting for years.

He’s already said housing will feature and there could be further eases to the government’s austerity programme as he tries to deliver a budget to shore up his own position in the cabinet and put his party back on track after the disappointment of the general election.

Follow what happens here and take part in the discussion as Mr Hammond tries to re-establish the government’s position in the country as elsewhere Brexit talks continue.

This feed should bring the headlines from the House of Commons and instant reaction from our readers as Mr Hammond unveils a budget that many are seeing as make or break for an increasingly beleaguered government.

A new Travelodge and ‘drive-thru’ Starbucks on a key gateway into Bury St Edmunds will give the town’s economy and tourist trade a major boost, according to business leaders.

Highways England is set to answer some key questions on Orwell Bridge closures next week, as bosses address councillors in Ipswich on the latest measures.

Talented students at Suffolk New College organised and filmed their own Jools Holland-style show showcasing some of Suffolk’s brightest talent.

Remarkable staff and volunteers at Ipswich Hospital who go the extra mile were recognised at the trust’s annual awards ceremony.

Essex Police officers have arrested two people following an incident on the A120 today.

Suffolk looks set for snow showers for much of next week, as latest forecasts suggest that Tuesday-Saturday is when the flurries will fall.

ActivLives is launching free drop-in gardening sessions for older people in the community and their relatives or carers next month.

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