Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election on June 8 but will be backing the Conservative candidate.
Concerns For Missing Hutton Pensioner
A search has started for a 69 year-old woman who has gone missing from her home near Brentwood.
Monique Hodgson, from Hutton, was last seen at around 5.30pm on Thursday, 24 March.
Essex Police said: "She is white, 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build and has grey hair.
"She was last seen wearing dark trousers with a dark green coat and carrying a black handbag.
"Monique is considered vulnerable and concerns are growing for her welfare.
"Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact officers in Brentwood on 101".
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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