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  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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Election 2017: As political parties market their ideas - what matters to you?

In a week that has seen the ITV Leaders' Debate and the release of more party manifestos, we sent Simon and Amanda to a Brighton market to find out the election issues that really matter to you.

Banksy takes on Brexit

Street artist Banksy is making waves in Dover. A large mural by the artist has appeared on the side of a building in the town.

The artwork close to the town's ferry terminal features a workman on a ladder removing one of the bright yellow stars on the European Union flag

  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.

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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.

Can the South East keep exporting after Brexit?

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It's the business community that's likely to feel the biggest impact of Britain's departure from the European Union.

And here in the South East - where the vast majority of exports go to Europe - the effect will be significant.

Sarah Saunders reports.

Would Gravesham change its mind if it voted again?

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In Gravesham 65% of people - about 35,000 of them - decided to leave the EU.

Fast-forward 8 months on - some businesses that voted leave are struggling with the weak currency. While other members of the general public are excited for the changes that may come.

John Ryall is in its largest town, Gravesend, to find out if people would change their vote if the referendum happened again.

The EU referendum vote divided Basingstoke

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In Basingstoke 52 per cent voted to leave. The vote divided the Hampshire town the same way it divided the country.

Mel Bloor went back to to find out if the people would be swayed from their original decision if the vote was held again today.

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