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's Lauren Misses Out On X Factor Final
Essex teenager Lauren Platt is out of next week's X Factor final leaving the Andrea Faustini, Fleur East and Ben Haenow to prepare for the most important weekend of the competition.
The 17-year-old from Billericay was sent home after a sing-off with Italian Faustini, whose powerful performance got him through to the final with a comfortable three votes from the judges.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was brought to tears watching her act sing Faith Hill's There You'll Be but it wasn't enough to stir the other judges who all chose to keep Faustini in the competition.
With her arm around Fernandez-Versini, Platt told her mentor that she was "the most incredible woman I have ever met in my life".
She added: "Thank you for giving me this opportunity and for sticking with me through this opportunity."
Martin and Su will be catching up with Lauren on Monday's Heart Breakfast just after 7am.
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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