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The Last Word November 2017

Lively political debate with Leo Docherty MP (Aldershot, Con), Layla Moran MP (Oxford West and Abingdon, Lib Dem) and Peter Kyle MP (Hove, Lab)

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Portsmouth North MP replaces Priti Patel

Penny Mordaunt has replaced Priti Patel as International Development Secretary Credit: PA

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt has replaced Priti Patel, who resigned as International Development Secretary.

Penny Mordaunt has been serving as the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work. She was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010.

She was named as the Armed Forces Minister in a previous cabinet reshuffle. She was also the first woman to take on that role and trained to be a Royal Navy reservist.

Penny Mordaunt was educated at Oaklands RC Comprehensive School and at Reading University where she read Philosophy.

Trump and May 'star' in Lewes Bonfire as thousands throng streets

It's the country's most famous Guy Fawkes celebration and flaming torches once again filled the streets of Lewes on Saturday night.

Bonfire societies in their traditional costumes were joined by spectacular effigies poking fun at politicians and world leaders - but with travel restrictions in place, did the visitors stay away?

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Ch Const Giles York, Mick Symes of Lewes Borough Bonfire Society, and Thandanani of Gumede Zulu Tradition.

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Tributes paid to former leader of Hampshire County Council

Ken Thornber served with Hampshire County Council for 40 years Credit: HCC

Tributes are being paid to the former Leader and Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Honorary Alderman Ken Thornber CBE who has passed away following illness.

Ken Thornber served on Hampshire County Council for 40 years, being first elected in 1977 for Hythe, then in 1981 for Dibden and Hythe, and from 1989 for Brockenhurst Division. He was Leader of the County Council from 1999 to 2013, and Chairman in 2013/14.

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ken Thornber. He was a hugely respected politician, both locally and nationally, and a public servant in the truest sense of the word.

Ken played a pivotal role in the political and decision making process in Hampshire – serving the people of the county with diligence and commitment for many years. He cared very much about the divisions that he represented during his four decades of public service. He was equally passionate about the whole of the county, the importance of local government and of public service.

– Council leader Councillor Roy Perry

26 months after the Shoreham air disaster are the victims' families any nearer justice?

It's now 804 days since a Hawker Hunter jet smashed into a crowd of spectators - killing eleven men at the Shoreham Airshow.

In the 26 months that have followed there have been no charges brought against the pilot Andy Hill, no answers from an inquest - and the grieving families have now been told their legal aid has been rejected.

Shoreham's MP told the Commons this week he feels the relatives of the victims are being neglected. So are we any nearer clarity - or justice?

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to the families' QC Gerard Forlin, Caroline and Bob Schilt, who's son Jacob died in the crash, and MP Tim Loughton.

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