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Another strike on Southern as talks collapse

A fresh strike is to take place Credit: ITV

Workers on Southern Railway are to stage a fresh strike in the long-running

staffing dispute following the collapse of talks.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out for 24 hours on Wednesday February 22, threatening fresh misery for Southern's 300,000 passengers.

The two sides met at the conciliation service Acas on Tuesday, but the row over the role of conductors remains deadlocked.


Grieving father accuses government of doing 'absolutely nothing' on meningitis B

The father of a toddler from Maidstone who died from meningitis B one year ago has accused the Government of doing 'absolutely nothing' since her death.

Faye Burdett was just two years old when she died. Her death led to more than eight hundred thousand people signing a petition backing her parents' campaign for all children to be vaccinated.

The Department of Health says more than one million babies have been immunised in the last two years. But campaigners want all children under five years old - not just babies - to be given the vaccine.

Abigail Bracken's report includes an interview with Faye Burdett's father Neil, and Steve Dayman of Meningitis Now. Viewers may find some of the images in the report distressing.

VIDEO: Speaker John Bercow in his own words- on why he voted Remain

Here's the Speaker of the Commons John Bercow explaining to students at Reading University, WHY he voted Remain in the EU Referendum.

It's led to calls for his removal, as the Speaker has to maintain political impartiality.

But his supporters say his privately held views don't impinge on his ability to do his job fairly and impartially.

Now you can make your own mind up.


  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, February 2017

We need new houses - hundreds of thousands of them. But where are they to go?

We've voted for Brexit: but where is it going?

And The Speaker's outburst about President Trump: one senior backbencher from the South tells us many of his colleagues are "incensed"

  • Kelly Tolhurst MP - Rochester & Strood, Conservative
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  • Liz Leffman - Liberal Democrat from Witney

... debate the issues of the week. And what's it like to be in the eye of the storm? Two by-election candidates give us the view from the pavement.

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Prime Minister Theresa May to visit China later this year

Prime Minister Theresa May will visit China later this year. Credit: PA

Prime Minister Theresa May will visit China later this year according to her spokeswoman.

The visit will be the latest in a series of foreign visits designed to cement ties with major trading powers as Mrs May negotiates Britain's divorce with the European Union.

No specific details about the trip were released but Mrs May is keen to secure foreign support ahead of Britain's talks to leave the EU.

Surrey council tax: Corbyn accuses it's a 'secret deal'

The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has accused the government of doing a secret deal with Surrey County Council over social care.

The council was planning to hold a referendum over a 15% council tax rise to pay the social care bill but that was called off last night.

Mr Corbyn claims that he had some leaked text messages from the council leader to prove that a special deal was done.

Surrey County Council tonight denied his claims.

Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby reports.

MP Jeremy Corbyn speaking in the House of Commons.

Video Credit: Surrey County Council

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