Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election on June 8 but will be backing the Conservative candidate.
Essex: Mum And Children Missing
Police are looking for a mother from Essex who has gone missing with her two children.
21-year-old Paige Smith, from Stour Road in Dagenham, hasn't been seen since Wednesday (7 August) when she vanished following an argument with the children's father.
She is described as a slim white female, 5ft 1ins, with blue eyes, long ginger hair and a scar on her forearm.
It is believed she may still be in the Dagenham area although she has other known links with the South Ockendon and Clacton areas.
Her children, both boys, are Riley, aged four, and Lewi, aged eight months.
Anyone with information is urged to call police 101 or Missing People on freephone 116000.
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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