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to change? Will they? Can they? Thank you. That is all from us for

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this evening. It is In the European Elections,

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it was another good night In the East,

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they got more votes than anx other Of the seven MEPs,

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UKIP now has three, up from two The Conservatives are still

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on three. The Liberal Democrats lost their

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only seat. This confirms that UKIP is now

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a major player In the last Euro elections, they

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came second, with 19% of thd vote. Last night they were first,

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with 34%. When I joined

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the party 15 years ago, winning here There will be two new faces

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representing the East in Brtssels. Patrick O'Flynn of UKIP is

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a former political journalist. He is colleague, Tim Aker, tsed to

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work for the Taxpayers Alli`nce For the Conservatives, a sense of

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relief as they defied expectations and held onto all three of

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their seats, their share of the vote The people of the East of England

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have spoken. They have as majority said, we need

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a new relationship with Europe. That is exactly what

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I've been saying. I have been saying

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Europe needs to change. Our relationship with

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it need to change. The big loser, Andrew Duff

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of the Liberal Democrats. After 15 years in Brussels,

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no longer an MEP. I think the country is experiencing

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a wave of nationalism which, as you know, I don't like, H can't

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explain it, and I can't justify it. While Labour failed to win

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a second seat, the surge from UKIP They have had one good night

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tonight, that they're celebrating, and people voting for them will be

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pleased about that, but for five years, our region will be ldss well

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represented, the work will be harder for me

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as a Labour MEP to represent this region. In the East Midlands, which

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covers Northamptonshire, both UKIP In the South East,

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which covers Milton Keynes, there were four wins for UKHP, three

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for the Tories and one each for The other parties still belheve this

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is just a protest vote that will go away

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at next year's General Election Our newest Euro MP is

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Patrick O'Flynn from UKIP. When I spoke to him

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late this afternoon, I asked him if UKIP had dond well `

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which party had performed b`dly I think we took votes

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off all our rivals. I would say, though, that

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of the two biggest parties, the Tory vote probably held up a bit better

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than expected and the Labour vote Your main plank is that you are

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against being in Europe What can you do, though, from the

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European Parliament? Our number one priority is to bring

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back British sovereignty by getting Nonetheless, while we're thdre, we

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need to be vigilant about Brussels' power grabs and try to block them

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and make sure they do not h`ppen. We want to be there

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for the important votes. And still less, go native, which

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would be the worst fate of `ll. Mr Farage was talking about

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where you might put people tp for the General Election next year

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and he has highlighted Great Yarmouth

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and parts of Cambridge. Well, if you look

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at the council results, if xou look at the breakdown of who acttally won

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the vote for the European elections in those areas, those are clearly

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very good areas for us. They are areas where we havd

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local government base. They are areas where the UKHP brand

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is well known and well liked. There are extra areas in thd East,

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too. The South Essex corridor, looking

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at looking at Thurrock, looking at And why do you think UKIP h`s

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so much support? I think people

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in the eastern counties... They have always approached politics

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from a common`sense percepthve so there's not too much of the

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metropolitan sensibility gohng on. I think they're very much aware

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of open`door immigration compressing wages

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and perhaps making job opportunities more difficult for young people

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as they move into adulthood. I think particularly in the south

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of the region, there is heightened concern about pressure on greenbelt

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and greenfield land due to development in part necessitated

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by enormous levels of immigration. So what has been the reaction to

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the results? In Essex,

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UKIP made big gains in both Our reporter Gareth George has been

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finding out what people think The bank holiday bargain hunters

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were out early in Essex this morning,

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and many weren't I voted UKIP this time. You would

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normally vote Conservative. Yes. Because I felt they cotld do

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It has been Labour for ten xears, then I went on to Conservathve,

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Will you be voting for UKIP in the General Election as well

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To be honest, I wasn't really surprised. I didn't vote UKHP.

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Were you tempted to vote UKHP? A little bit, yes.

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There are lots people who aren't happy about what is going on

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Are you worried they are getting so many votes?

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I think you have to be very careful and see what all

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the parties are going to be doing over the next year.

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Because unless we've got a few facts, you can't make

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Essex is sometimes seen as a political barometer

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for the whole country, and at least for the moment, UKHP seems

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Are political correspondent is here. What does this tell us about our

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region? We are a Eurosceptic region. It also tells us UKHP is a

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major political player now hn this region, mainly I think becatse of

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fears about immigration, but there are also a lot of people who have

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just had enough with the mahn parties and in some parts of our

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region, Northamptonshire, Cambridge, Essex, the main battle is

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between UKIP and the Tories. UKIP have driven out the Lib Dems and are

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now squeezing out Labour. How bad is it for Labour? They do not know what

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to make of it. They had a mhxed picture in the local elections on

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Thursday. A lot of their increased vote in last night came frol Liberal

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Democrat voters but I am he`ring stories that a lot of Labour voters

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stayed at home this week and did not vote. That is worrying for Labour if

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it is true. Thank you. The drugs company Pfizer has

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officially pulled out of an attempted takeover of

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Astra`Zeneca, which employs hundreds of people in Cambrhdge

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There had been fears that if the takeover had gone ahead, it could

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have threatened plans already in place to move the company

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headquarters to Cambridge. A fire in the centre of Fakdnham has

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been described as the worst of The former Aldiss department store

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was destroyed, It looks like something

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from the Blitz, now no more than twisted

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metal, smouldering bricks and There are pockets

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of fire is still under the debris. We want to make sure none

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of them spread, certainly not into any of the

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buildings we have managed to save. Yesterday morning 100

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firefighters tackled the bl`ze. For the moment,

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue do not know One reason why no one was khlled or

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injured. The weather.

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The radar picture shows rain heading our way from the continent. Tonight

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the rain could be heavy at times and possibly thundery, too. Temperatures

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should not drop down to double figures for most of us. `` out of

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double figures for most of ts. Torrential downpours at timds

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tomorrow. With the cloud and rain, it will feel on the cool side. As we

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head into the evening, some further heavy downpours just about `nywhere

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possible, so the Met Office have issued a yellow warning frol

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midnight tonight until midnhght tomorrow for the heavy rain. Perhaps

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even 40 millimetres expected in sunspots. That would be over an inch

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and a half. So definitely the chance of some localised flooding. Possibly

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some heavy rain on Wednesdax. Hopefully lighter rain if wd get any

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on Thursday. And then a brighter day on Friday, probably just ond or two

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showers. The late bulletin is at 10:30pm

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Good evening. Good evening. If I were to conduct a

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straw poll about the weather events today, I suspect we would get a

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split decision. There were significant differences around, we

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have sunshine and some warmth, but also this cloud and rain coming up

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through the Channel into the north of England. On top of that, some

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showers in the north-west, some of them thundery from Northern Ireland

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and Scotland, so a real eclectic

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