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The mother of a six-month-old boy with Down's Syndrome has spoken of the human impact a planned mass eviction of travellers will have.

'Essex Man' returns to the Tory fold

The Conservatives scored a crucial victory over Labour as "Basildon man" flocked back into the Tory fold, electing Stephen Metcalfe.

AWOL soldier loses sentence appeal

A soldier who went absent without leave as he was about to be deployed to Afghanistan lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his nine-month sentence today.

Man banned for drink-driving in toy car

A 40-year-old man who admitted driving a modified toy car on a road named after a motor racing circuit while over the drink-drive limit is starting a three-year ban, police said today.

These New Puritans - The new pastoralists

These New Puritans meld inspirations as diverse as the Essex countryside, Benjamin Britten, and Japanese drums to create a unique music that sounds as though it's from a weird, private cult. Nick Hasted meets the foursome

Voters more concerned about straight answers than crooked expenses

Poll shows that public's view of politicians has not been affected by scandals

Like Hollywood, Basildon puts its name up in lights

It may not be the most glamorous of places, but the Essex town of Basildon hopes to bring itself a fortune by installing a homage to Hollywood's famous white sign.

Pensioner drives wrong way down A12

A 95-year-man surrendered his licence after driving the wrong way down a major road for nearly five miles.

Don't vote BNP urges Bishop

The next Bishop of Chelmsford today urged people in his diocese not to vote for the British National Party in the forthcoming general election.

Harry Cohen apologises for breach of rules

A Labour MP ordered to forfeit his £65,000 resettlement grant for a "particularly serious breach" of parliamentary rules apologised to the Commons today.

Labour MP's breach of rules costs him £65,000

A Labour backbencher has been forced to surrender a £65,000 pay-out after Westminster's sleaze watchdog found he had committed a "particularly serious breach" of expenses rules.

Expenses breach MP Harry Cohen to forfeit resettlement grant

Labour MP Harry Cohen was today ordered to forfeit his £65,000 resettlement grant for a "particularly serious breach" of parliamentary rules.

Fears grow for man who vanished in freezing weather

Fears were today growing for a young man who vanished in the freezing weather.

Senior policeman charged with fiddling expenses

A senior police officer went on trial today charged with fiddling his expenses.

Walcott finally wins his poetry professorship

Nobel laureate chosen by Essex University after smear campaign cost him Oxford job

Sacked dinner lady to appeal to tribunal

A primary school dinner lady sacked after telling a parent that his seven-year-old daughter had been bullied is likely to challenge her dismissal at an employment tribunal, union officials say.

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