Hundreds of schools are preparing to offer free school meals to children aged four to seven. But is the scheme properly funded?
Teachers will join other public sector workers tomorrow in a day of strike action. Gemma Golds from Oxford explains why she's walking out.
UKIP stormed to victory in the European elections last night. But will Nigel Farage stand for Parliament in the south east?
Phil Hornby with Labour candidate in Brighton Pavilion Purna Sen, Rehman Chishti the Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham, and Jackie Porter the Lib Dem candidate in Winchester. With a guest appearance by the irrepressible Baroness Trumpington
As Nigel Farage prepares to take his MEPs to the European Parliament, a look back at his first visit there. Meridian went with him to Strasbourg in July 1999
Folkestone was the last sight of England for tens of thousands of soldiers crossing the Channel to fight in the First World War trenches of France and Belgium. And now a striking new commemorative arch has been lifted into place on The Leas in memory of the many who did not return.
It'll be officially opened by Prince Harry as part of the centenary commemorations in August. Derek Johnson has been following the story. In this report, he spoke to Paul Emden from the Step Short project, architect Philip Gearing and Councillor David Monk from Shepway Council.
Nick Clegg has called on disgraced Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock to resign from the Lib Dems. He was speaking on his weekly phone-in show "Call Clegg" on LBC
A legal challenge to the controversial closure of Manston Airport in Kent was mounted in the High Court. The case, brought by TG Aviation against owner Ann Gloag, was adjourned.
Flight school TG Aviation has been been forced to move its operations to Lydd airport. Today it applied for an injunction requiring Ann Glaog to permit it to use the runway. Mrs Gloag has requested more time to respond and was granted it.
The application will be heard by the High Court on Friday 27th June 2014. Meanwhile, in a meeting with the Aviation Minister, an American company has re-affirmed its wish to buy the airport and run it as a cargo hub with the potential for passenger flights.
Thanet MPs, Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys, have this week met with the CEO of RiverOak, Steve DeNardo, and fellow directors who wish to purchase Manston. They want re-open the airfield as an operating airport.
Manston Airport closed on 15 May after owner Ann Gloag rejected bids from RiverOak who offered the full asking price for the airfield. 144 people lost their jobs.
At the meeting at the House of Commons, RiverOak reaffirmed their desire to buy the airfield and reiterated their faith in its future as a significant cargo-handling and possible future passenger centre.
Following their discussions with Mr. DeNardo Thanet`s MPs have said in a joint statement:
“It is clear that RiverOak are committed in their determination to acquire and to operate Manston as an airport, with all the job-creating potential that will flow from that.
There are, of course, obstacles to be overcome and much will depend upon the ability of Thanet District Council to bring a Compulsory Purchase Order to a satisfactory conclusion but with cross-party political support that exists we believe that this can be achieved.
Literally and metaphorically we and RiverOak are in this for the long haul. The due processes may take a little time but we intend to realise our objective and to see planes flying from Manston once again.”
Further meetings will follow later this week. Owner Ann Gloag has said it's unlikely any decision about the future of the airport will be made in the next couple of months. She is due to meet with Thanet Council in July.
Video. A man infected by contaminated blood during NHS transfusions in the 1970s and 1980s met David Cameron today, less than a month after protests at the PM's Oxfordshire constituency office.
Campaigner David Leadbetter, and those he represents, say the Government must honour its promise of compensation. Cary Johnston has sent us this, with an exclusive interview with Mr Cameron.
The prime Minister today visited the new Emergency Multidisciplinary Unit at Witney Community Hospital in his role as local Oxfordshire MP.
– David Cameron PM
It is fantastic to be able to meet patients and staff at this innovative new unit. Finding new ways to deliver care that meets people’s needs is exactly what we need to do be doing to develop the NHS of tomorrow. Witney EMU is a great example of that.”
– Chief Executive of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Stuart Bell CBE
We’re delighted to welcome the Prime Minister to our Witney EMU. Patients tell us that they want to be treated closer to home, with the minimum disruption to their lives and to maintain as much independence as possible. The EMU supports that by delivering responsive joined up health and social care tailored around their needs. We believe this model of care holds great promise for the future.