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  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, July 2017

Her first twelve months. Anniversaries are supposed to be happy events. But Theresa May admitted today that as she neared the end of her first year as PM, she shed a tear or two. It wasn't the election result she expected - and to be fair to the Maidenhead MP - it wasn't the election result the pollsters, or anyone else, predicted either.

Theresa May Credit: ITV

So will there be another anniversary to celebrate ? Or, as we enter the dog days of high summer, will these next few weeks see the end of her premiership? To debate that, and the never-ending troubles on Southern Rail, three Sussex MPs :-

  • Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the new Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown
  • Gillian Keegan, the new Tory MP for Chichester, and
  • Stephen Lloyd, the new (and old) MP for Eastbourne

We ask voters in central Brighton to score her out of ten. And one MP who lost her seat tells us where the "nightmare" of last month's election began.

And would this cause Mrs May to shed a few more tears? We look at the increasingly vicious way cartoonists are depicting the latest inhabitant of No 10. One expert who has surveyed the satirists for the last fifty years and more, tells us why the Prime Minister is drawn the way she is.

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Queen's Speech: South east MPs reveal views on whether PM would 'last two years'

No more grammar schools, no mention of fox hunting - and no robes, and no horse and carriage either. Yesterday's Queens Speech was a 'low-key' affair. The emphasis was on Brexit, but the deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists that would guarantee the Conservatives an easier ride over the next few years, wasn't mentioned. MPs from the south east were aware the chances of the Government completing a full five-year term were slim. Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby bas been speaking to some of them.

  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, June 2017

A new Parliament; a new cabinet; and new MPs across the Meridian region.

With the clock about to start ticking on Brexit, and with the Conservatives in chaos, a look back on the campaign that promised so much for the Tories - and left them reeling ... even though they won.

  • Alan Whitehead MP, Southampton Test - Labour
  • Layla Moran MP, Oxford West & Abingdon - Lib Dem
  • Tim Loughton MP, East Worthing & Shoreham - Con

.... debate the result that took so many by surprise, and look ahead at a difficult few months ahead.

Don't be ridiculous!

– Tim Loughton

The response of Tim Loughton, the former children's minister and Sussex MP, when we asked what his message would have been to Theresa May during the campaign, about the so-called 'dementia tax'. It was a point in the campaign that proved a turning point in so many constituencies, and saw some Conservative MPs lose their seats.

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  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, April 2017

As surprises, go this was one of the best-kept. When Theresa May announced this week, there'd be a General Election in June, no-one was expecting it.

The Commons backed the decision to hold a snap election by 522 votes to 13, formally firing the starting pistol on the election campaign. The Prime Minister urged MPs to "put our fate in the hands of the people"

In the south and south east, what will the people decide? After your votes:-

  • Kelly-Marie Blundell, the Lib Dem candidate in Lewes
  • Henry Bolton, from UKIP in Kent
  • Charlie Elphicke MP, the Conservative member in Dover, and
  • Solomon Curtis, from Labour in Sussex

And we also hear from Caroline Lucas, Brighton Pavilion's MP and the co-leader of the Green Party.

Two sides of the Brexit coin - Brighton and Gravesend react to leaving the EU

In the South East the majority of our constituencies voted to leave the EU - in fact more than a million people voted leave - that's 55 per cent of the turnout.

The most pro Brexit place in our region was Gravesham - where 65% voted to leave.

The most pro remain group was Brighton and Hove where 69% wanted to stay.

We've been back to both places to see if people have changed their minds. Andy Dickenson and John Ryall report.

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