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Blog Profile / Deborah McGurran


URL :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/correspondents/deborahmcgurran/
Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:246
Posts / Week:1.5
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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

New junction is 'needed on A14'

It already has a name, it has already has an exact location on a map, and several hundreds of thousands of pounds have been spent assessing its benefits but as yet, no one knows when Junction 10A on the infamous A14 will actually beShow More Summary

UKIP tops Euro vote in the East

It was no great surprise that UKIP topped the poll in the European elections but it confirms that the party is now a major player on the region's political scene. Their share of the vote here rose to 34.5%, an increase of 14.9%, which...Show More Summary

Disgraced peer barred from Lords

His office has been locked, he isn't even allowed to visit the House of Lords tea room. Lord Hanningfield is banned from the parliamentary estate for the next year. "Suspension until the end of this Parliament is the maximum sanction...Show More Summary

Calls to end cyber-stalking

At the University of Bedfordshire there is a small department investigating a very modern and insidious phenomenon. The National Centre for Cyber-stalking Research is trying to find out more about this very modern crime - its prevalence, the motivation of those who perpetrate it and how best to tackle it. Show More Summary

Huppert raises AstraZeneca bid

Concern is growing among our Cambridge MPs about the proposed takeover of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca by American rival Pfizer. Worries that the deal could scupper plans to move AstraZeneca's headquarters to Cambridge, with theShow More Summary

Incinerator plan bites the dust

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. Show More Summary

Elderly 'lose out on health 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...Show More Summary

Budget delivers £100m Cambridge boost

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...Show More Summary

Hopes boosted for 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" isShow More Summary

Spreading the UKIP message

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...Show More Summary

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