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Headteachers at north Essex schools forced to close on polling day have raised concerns over the impact on children’s education.

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Lord Ashdown

Servicemen and women in Colchester were today promised extra support for mental health service should the Liberal Democrats win the General Election on May 7.

Friday, April 24, 2015
David Cameron visits Tending Technology College, Frinton

Prime Minister David Cameron pleaded with East Anglian voters to help return him to Downing Street during an emotional speech at Frinton on Sea in the Clacton seat that was lost to UKIP last year.

Friday, April 24, 2015
Stowmarket showing the new bridge over the railway line and relief road

Whatever the outcome of next month’s local election, a number of new faces will be sitting as representatives for Mid Suffolk.

Friday, April 24, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a campaign visit Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The prime minister is set to make some major announcements that will affect road users in East Anglia today.

Friday, April 24, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Stephanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Bikelife scheme launch at Westgate Primary School in Bury St Edmunds.

A cycle scheme to encourage children, parents and staff to bike to school has been launched in the Bury St Edmunds area.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
West Suffolk - Abbey Gardens.

The Conservative party has a strong majority at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, with 35 councillors, writes west Suffolk reporter Mariam Ghaemi as she looks at the political issues in the borough ahead of the local elections.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has a selfie taken as he meets Labour supporters in Ipswich yesterday. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour is accusing the Conservatives of planning the biggest spending cuts in any of the world’s advanced economies as the parties again prepare to trade blows on the economy.

Paul Geater - Opinion

Thursday, April 23, 2015

As I approach the home straight of my sixth general election campaign, I really should be getting used to being treated like dirt by top politicians and their staff.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Labour MP Caroline Flint and Labour candidate David Ellesmere head out door knocking around the Prince of Wales Drive area of Ipswich - but has the campaign changed many minds?

Like most other political geeks, I’ve been trying to work out what is happening during the campaign over the last week or so – and I have to say that so far it’s not a lot.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
The Conservatives who voted in the election for Colin Noble and Christopher Hudson at Suffolk County Council must be prepared to reveal who they suppported.

Just who do those running the Conservative group at Suffolk County Council think they are?

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Mark Beee found it impossible to continue as council leader despite the support of many Conservative politicians.

Mark Bee’s decision not to stand for re-election as leader of the Conservative group at Suffolk County Council will come as a shock to many people – especially those outside the cosy political world of Endeavour House.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
A crossing over the Wet Dock lock gates could ease congestion.

I learned many years ago not to take any budget at face value while it is being delivered by whoever is the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the day.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Are traditional voting loyalties evaporating?

Many people have already said this election is different from any other they have seen – for me the key feature is the loosening of traditional party ties.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Conservative Party leader David Cameron (left), Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg (centre) and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, during an election debate in 2010.

We are now only a few weeks away from the start of the official General Election campaign. I know it feels as if we’ve been campaigning for months, if not years, but believe me you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech at ThinkBDW in Colchester,  setting out the Conservative Party's sixth manifesto theme

In his latest visit to the region this week, David Cameron focussed on housing and the perceived desire of most people to get on the housing ladder.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks with Saga Magazine readers.

Health warning: The following column is highly likely to get a few people hot under the collar. You have been warned! Here goes...light blue touchpaper and retreat to safe distance... Now, where’s that tin hat?

Liz Nice - Opinion

Friday, March 13, 2015

The student sat at the back of the classroom. After what I hoped was an enjoyable, engaging GCSE lesson, I set a writing task to be done in 20 minutes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Will you be wearing your poppy with pride?

Liz Nice looks at the debate over wearing a poppy in the build up to Remembrance Sunday.

Monday, September 8, 2014
Kate and William on their wedding day

Well congrats to William and Kate, writes mother-of-two Liz Nice.

Friday, August 22, 2014
Liz Nice

Liz Nice on ice bucket craze and James Foley

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn distraught after Robert Ullathorne's back pass bobbled over his foot and into the net against Ipswich in April 1996

In the first of our articles in the build-up to this weekend’s first Anglian derby game since 2011, Liz Nice looks back at her derby day memories - and one legendary air-kick.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Students should be in the classroom, not on the beach says Geoff Barton

Tough new anti-truancy rules proposed by Suffolk County Council could see families fined £120 if their child misses one day of school.

Monday, April 28, 2014
Lord Norman Tebbit is pictured at his home in Bury talking with Liz Nice.

Lord Tebbit and his wife, Lady Margaret, moved to Bury St Edmunds five years ago from West Sussex, although they had no family or friends here nor any connection with the town. Liz Nice wonders if she knows the true reason...

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