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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Heseltine recalls plot to overthrow Margaret Thatcher 25 years on

Michael Heseltine Credit: ITV News Meridian

Can you remember where you were 25 years ago? You might if I tell you that was when Mrs Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister. It followed an extraordinary few days when Michael Heseltine, the MP for Henley, challenged her. She was toppled - but he didn't get the top job.

Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby's been talking to Lord Heseltine. What are his memories of that week? A sequence of events that began with Sir Geoffrey Howe's dramatic resignation.

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The Last Word, November 2015

The world seems a more dangerous place after the events in Paris last weekend. How safe are we in the south and south east? What more should we do? Debating Syria, the terrorist threat, and spending on policing :- John Howell MP, Henley (Con); Naushabah Khan, Medway (Lab); Tim Aker MEP, Thurrock (UKIP).

And it's twenty-five years since the Oxfordshire MP, Michael Heseltine challenged Mrs Thatcher for the leadership. He told us about his memories of those days - and we asked him what does he think of when he lies awake at night?


Kent Police Commissioner warns against budget cuts after Paris terror attacks

The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, is writing to the Home Secretary warning against the implementation of further cuts to the police following the Paris terror attacks.

Speaking at the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel, she said the Paris attacks were a watershed moment.

She said she would be writing to Theresa May warning her that Kent has a special importance as a gateway into the UK.

South East MP apologises after tax credit comments

A government minister has been forced to apologise after suggesting that families, who are struggling to make ends meet, should consider ditching their pay television subscriptions.

Tracey Crouch, the Sports Minister and Chatham MP, said she found the financial distress of some people who feared tax credit cuts "heartbreaking". But her political opponents have seized on her remarks - as Andrea Thomas explains.

'War of words' between David Cameron and Oxfordshire Council

A war of words has broken out between the Prime Minister and the Conservative Leader of his local council - Oxfordshire.

David Cameron has written a letter expressing his disappointment at plans to close children's centres and make cuts to "frontline services" like elderly day centres and libraries in the county.

Nearly £300 million pounds worth of savings need to be made by 2018. The local authority says the process has been made even harder by the Government announcing further cuts. Rachel Hepworth reports


Schools cut subjects saying unfair funding to blame

Headteachers and MPs claim schools in Kent are among the worst funded in the country - and say it could start to affect children's education.

They say the funding formula is unfair. The headteacher of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Faversham announced today that he's had to drop some A Level subjects, and may in the future have to increase class sizes because of the cash crisis.

Sarah Saunders' report is followed by a studio discussion of the issues with Fred, Sangeeta and social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford.

Jeremy Corbyn sings Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Incy Wincy Spider

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined children in a rendition of the nursery songs Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Incy Wincy Spider.

Mr Corbyn knew all the words and actions to the song during a visit to Caterpillars Pre School in Crawley.

He saw the work of the pre-school and listened parents who will be affected by the Conservative's planned cuts to tax credits.

Tax credits 'crisis': Jeremy Corbyn's message to working families in the South

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has arrived at the Caterpillars Pre School to speak to parents about tax credit cuts.

Jeremy Corbyn in Sussex today Credit: ITV Meridian
Jeremy Corbyn speaks to parents and pre-school workers in Sussex Credit: ITV Meridian

He's been joined by Peter Lamb, the Labour Leader of Crawley Council. Mr Corbyn, has already clashed with the Tories over what he says will be a "crisis for three million families." He has demanded that David Cameron guarantees that working families will not be worse off.

The Government's plans to cut tax credits by £4.4 billion were defeated in October when the House of Lords passed a motion to delay any decision while further assessment is carried out.

New proposals are expected to be set out in the Autumn Statement this month. Mr Cameron has told MPs that the basic level of child tax credits would stay the same.

Jeremy Corbyn speaks to families and pre-school workers in Crawley Credit: ITV Meridian
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