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In their shoes - Kent man close to completing 274km walk for refugee charity

A Rochester father of three is close to completing a 274km walk from Budapest to Vienna for charity.

Paul Barrett was inspired to take on the challenge after witnessing the plight of refugees while on holiday last year. He's so far raised over £2,000.

Paul said: "This is my tiny show of solidarity for those fleeing war, and perhaps a way of raising awareness in some small way for such an immense, huge problem."

Paul's raising money for Kent Refugee Action Network.


Nominations close at 4pm for Witney by-election

The election takes place on October 20th Credit: PA

Nominations close this afternoon in the Witney by-election triggered by the resignation from Parliament of ex-Prime Minister David Cameron.

The election in the Oxfordshire constituency takes place on 20 October.

Candidates have until 4pm to declare their intention to stand.

Barrister Robert Courts has been chosen as the Conservative candidate.

Those already declared as standing are Labour's Duncan Enright, Liberal Democrat Liz Leffman, Larry Sanders for the Green Party and Winston McKenzie for the English Democrats.

There's been no word yet from UKIP on who their candidate will be.

Credit: PA

Mr Cameron is stepping down as an MP after 15 years. The constituency includes the towns of Carterton, Chipping Norton and Woodstock.

Candidates declare intentions to contest Witney seat

David Cameron stood down as MP for Witney after 15 years Credit: PA

Preparations for a by-election in Witney to replace former Prime Minister David Cameron are well underway and most candidates have declared their intentions. The deadline is Monday at 4pm.

Five parties have confirmed their candidates so far.

Conservative: Robert Courts

Green Party: Larry Sanders

Liberal Democrats: Liz Leffman

Labour: Duncan Enright

English Democrats: Winston McKenzie

The by-elections have been prompted by former Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to quit as MP for Witney after 15 years.The constituency includes the towns of Carterton, Chipping Norton and Woodstock.

The by-election is set for 20th October.


Lib Dem conference: Analysis from our Political correspondent Phil Hornby

It's Day Two of the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, and party leader Tim Farron has been rallying the troops.

He says the party IS making inroads.

Click below for our political correspondent Phil Hornby's report on the west of the Meridian region.

And click below for his report on the south east's response to the Lib Dem conference:

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