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Chancellor in Southampton to talk about our economy post-Brexit

The Chancellor of the Exchequer was at Southampton Docks today to reveal how the economy's performed since the EU Referendum.

Nationally, the economy grew by 0.5% between July and September. That's slower than the previous quarter but not as bad as analysts feared.

The Chancellor's expecting growth to slow more though, while the government negotiates Brexit.

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New location revealed for Operation Stack lorry park

A big handout from the Treasury means the misery caused by Operation Stack could be at an end.

Today, Chancellor George Osborne announced a quarter-of-a-billion pound investment to relieve the problem.

ITV Meridian has learnt that land at Junction 11 of the M20 is the preferred option for a 4,000 vehicle lorry park.

Sarah Saunders reports.


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U-turn on August's 3p fuel duty rise

Peter Carroll of Fair Fuel UK

MPs from the south are delighted that George Osborne has announced fuel duty will not go up by 3p in August as planned. It is also a victory for Fair Fuel UK, a pressure group led by the redoubtableFolkestone-based campaigner Peter Carroll.

He was the man behind the campaign to get residency rights for former Gurkhas. This time he didn't need to enlist Joanna Lumley to the cause - but he did get a number of Tory MPs from the south to threaten rebellion against the Government over fuel duty. That seemed to do the trick.

The Government is battling a massive deficit, but when it saw its own backbenchers - and Mr Carroll - ranged against it, it knew a fuel duty climbdown was inevitable.