Updated West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant One of the region's MPs has entered the race to succeed Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party. West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock had been expected to be one of the challengers for frontrunner Boris Johnson, following Mrs May's resignation announcement on Friday.And the health secretary confirmed he was entering the leadership race on Saturday morning.He told the BBC: "Yes. I'm going to run to be the next prime minister."He said he would take a different approach to try to get Commons support for a Brexit deal than the one Theresa May used.He said: "She didn't start by levelling with people about the trade-offs."I think it is much, much easier to bring people together behind a proposal if you are straightforward in advance."Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd ruled herself out of the contest, but more than a dozen Tories are understood to be considering a bid, with foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt … [Read more...] about Suffolk MP Matt Hancock confirms Conservative leadership bid
Fox News’ Chris Wallace believes that, in the ongoing feud between President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi has successfully gotten under Trump’s skin. On America’s Newsroom Friday morning, Wallace discussed Trump giving AG Bill Barr the authority to disclose documents related to 2016 campaign surveillance, saying that it’s time to get to the facts of what happened and whether “there was improper activity, abuse of power by the FBI and other intelligence agencies.” As far as the back-and-forth between the president and the speaker, Wallace remarked, “I have to say I’m not sure who was trolling whom. I think they were both trying to get under each other’s skin.” He added that Pelosi clearly got to Trump: “There’s no question that Nancy Pelosi, when she starts talking about ‘I pray for the president’ and ‘perhaps his family should have an intervention’ was trying to get at the … [Read more...] about Chris Wallace: Nancy Pelosi Clearly Got Under Trump’s Skin
PUBLISHED: 17:31 24 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:31 24 May 2019 Paul Geater European election votes will be counted on Sunday night and the winning candidates are set to be announced early Monday morning As politicians from around the region gather at Chelmsford for the European election count, we are providing live coverage and reaction political shape of the East of England emerges. Results from counts across the seven counties of the East of England are being fed through to the central count at the Chelmer Sports & Athletics Centre at Chelmsford where the declaration of winners is due to be made.The region - which stretches from Felixstowe to Peterborough and from Cromer to Watford - will elect seven MEPs by a party list system.On Thursday voters chose which party they favoured - and winning candidates will be selected from the lists put forward by those parties. You may also want to watch: Counting is expected to start around the region at about 6pm - … [Read more...] about Who will represent East Anglia in the European parliament?
PUBLISHED: 17:17 24 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:19 24 May 2019 UK Parliment Offical Norman Lamb Archant North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has said is fearful over who will become Tory leader following Theresa May's resignation. Mr Lamb, a Liberal Democrat, said: "[Mrs May's leadership] has just reached the inevitable, it was bound to happen sooner or later."It's been apparent for a long time that Theresa May was not going to find a way out of this quagmire we are in." You may also want to watch: But he said while his initial reaction was one of relief, he said: "I'm also very concerned about what follows." He said: "I've got a very strong view that we have to bring our country together again and I've favoured seeking compromise."I think that's become more difficult now, as time has gone on people have become more and more entrenched in the two positions."He said he was concerned any leadership race would become a competition between who could be the harder Brexiteer.He said: "I really fear … [Read more...] about Norman Lamb: ‘We have to bring our country together again’
PUBLISHED: 16:44 24 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:44 24 May 2019 There's a chance West Norfolk MP Liz Truss could be the next prime minister. We asked people in Swaffham what they thought. Picture: Matthew Usher. © Archant Norfolk 2014 One of those vying to become the next prime minister is West Norfolk MP Liz Truss. We asked people in her constituency town of Swaffham what they thought of the idea. PJ Dean: "Liz Truss is probably a good person but I don’t think any of the Conservatives have the courage of their convictions." Picture: DAVID BALEPJ Dean, 76, Pentney: "I don't think any of them are any good. The way they've performed they should kick the lot out and start again. I know [North West Norfolk MP] Henry Bellingham - as a person he's brilliant. Liz Truss is probably a good person but I don't think any of the Conservatives have the courage of their convictions."Richard Hall, 68, Thetford: "She would make a good prime minister. She's very energetic and she's very good … [Read more...] about Vox pop: Should Liz Truss become the next Prime Minster?