Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election on June 8 but will be backing the Conservative candidate.
Basildon: Hospital To Be Sentenced Over Disease
Basildon University Hospital will be sentenced for failing to protect the public from the potentially fatal effects of Legionnaire's disease.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Basildon University Hospital under the Health and Safety at Work Act after two patients contracted the disease and died in 2007 and 2010.
Eight patients and visitors were affected between 2004 and 2010, an earlier court hearing was told.
The hospital pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act over failing to protect visitors and patients adequately from legionella.
A sentencing hearing will begin at Chelmsford Crown Court today (Tuesday 3 September), although the judge's final decision may be deferred until tomorrow.
The hospital has said no cases of Legionnaire's disease - a serious lung infection caused by legionella bacteria - had occurred since 2011.
A man has been jailed for life to serve a minimum of 25 years for murdering an uncle as he attempted to protect his niece from unwanted advances in Basildon.
Tributes have been paid to a woman who died following a collision in North Weald.
Stansted Airport is predicting its busiest Easter weekend on record.
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