Blog Profile / Deborah McGurran

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
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Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Cancer patients forced to travel

In contemporary films and literature the offer of a road trip is never to be passed up, but it seems officials at NHS England have no wish to go on this voyage of discovery - much to the frustration of the MP for North East Hertfordshire. Sir...Show More Summary

100 days to go

The grids have been drawn up, the campaign is already underway. With the forthcoming election too close to call, for the next 100 days the parties will be throwing everything at trying to win. This will be a carefully targeted battle. Show More Summary

First EU "referendum" in 40 years

They're claiming it's the first EU referendum in 40 years. Two of the region's MPs and neighbouring parliamentary candidate, Tom Pursglove, have been polling three constituencies in Northamptonshire. And, hold the front page, the majority...Show More Summary

Councils under budget pressures

Our roads, our refuse, our libraries - all services provided by local authorities. Councils are now working out how to balance their books after being told how much they will get in income from central government next year. The government...Show More Summary

Rail consultation may open floodgate

We hope Claire Perry knows what she's letting herself in for. For the Rail Minister is asking passengers in East Anglia for comments about the service they receive and how it could be made better, which in our neck of the woods is surely...Show More Summary

Investment for roads and railways

So important was the A47 announcement that the Prime Minister came to Norfolk on a wintry December morning to announce the pre Autumn Statement give away. "The green light is on from now, the money to do this job can start to be spent...Show More Summary

'Beautiful' Harlow blighted, says MP

Harlow is being spoilt by illegal traveller encampments, according to the town's MP, who is calling for tougher action to remove unauthorised sites. In a debate at Westminster, Robert Halfon highlighted the distress the issue was causing,...Show More Summary

More Power to the East?

Devolution and the East of England do not necessarily feel like a natural fit. We are a disparate region of shire councils and market towns, small cities and countryside. In fact, here in the east, most of us don't live in a city atShow More Summary

Rail line to Norwich 'needs £400m'

It must be a busy time for the staff who work in the post room at the treasury. Every day, it seems, another plea for money for an important infrastructure project is sent to the chancellor as he puts the finishing touches to his Autumn Statement. One of them is the business case for improving the main rail line between Norwich and London. Show More Summary

Calls to send foreign prisoners home

The issue of foreign prisoners in England's jails has long been a contentious one. It cost Charles Clarke his job as home secretary when back in 2006 it emerged that more than 1,000 foreign prisoners who should have been deported hadn't been. Show More Summary

The Clacton campaign in full swing

It is three weeks since Douglas Carswell's resignation and the by-election campaign in Clacton is now well underway. The candidates have been picked, dozens of activists are out leafleting and shoppers are getting used to being accosted...Show More Summary

High noon for UKIP in Clacton

As he stood outside McDonalds in the centre of Clacton, the UKIP leader Nigel Farage was clear about the importance of the forthcoming by-election. "This is high noon," he declared. "There is a lot at stake. This matters an awful lot...Show More Summary

No fun in the sun for politicians

It should be the time for sun and sangria but instead it's statistics and a slew of announcements - it seems there's no time off for politicians this summer. That's why, brolly in hand on a drab morning, new coastal communities minister...Show More Summary

MP David Ruffley stands down

It is a cruel fact of political life that when an MP is forced to stand down it is the scandal the public generally remembers rather than anything else about their career. Those are the unfortunate circumstances surrounding David Ruffley,...Show More Summary

Cash boost to build science base

Science is what the east region wants to be known for these days and that transformation has been given a boost by two major new projects. The government is investing a total of £26m in Norwich Research Park, while in nearby DownhamShow More Summary

Truss to cabinet table in reshuffle

Imagine the scene. It's late at night at the Conservative Party Conference and the then transport secretary, Phillip Hammond, is just about to call it a night, when rounding the corner, he finds his path barred by Elizabeth Truss. "Give...Show More Summary

New funding for the East region

Hundreds of millions of pounds of government funding has been announced for our region and more than half of it will be spent within the next year. This is a big award, which business leaders say will make a big difference, making it...Show More Summary

Incinerator row burns on

The fallout from the failed waste incinerator project in west Norfolk continues - with questions now being asked over how much councillors were told about Government concerns with the project. Last week we reported that Bronwyn Hill,...Show More Summary

Outrage at incinerator plan "trainwreck"

"Ludicrous...daft...a train wreck". Just three of the terms used by members of the Public Accounts Committee to describe the failed waste incinerator project for Kings Lynn. With Norfolk County Council facing a compensation bill of more...Show More Summary

MPs fall out over Rushden plans

Adjournment debates in the House of Commons are normally fairly straightforward affairs. Some might even suggest that they can be quite dull: twenty minutes at the end of the day for an MP to draw a minister's attention (and that ofShow More Summary

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