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Fall of Farage

Not only did Nigel Farage lose his bid to become MP for South Thanet, he resigned as leader of UKIP following the declaration. Derek Johnson speaks to Mr Farage and Craig Mackinlay.

UKIP's disappointment

UKIP clocked up millions of votes, but were left with just ONE MP in the whole country - despite coming second in twelve constituencies in Kent, Essex, and Sussex. Nashreen Issa has this round-up.

Your MPs in Essex, Kent & East Sussex

An alphabetical guide to your new and returning MPs in the Meridian East areas of Essex, Kent and Sussex.

Brighton halts the region's 'Tory tide'

Only in one part of the south east was the Tory tide halted - Brighton.

Andy Dickenson reports on how the Greens and Labour meant that the night wasn't quite a Conservative clean sweep.

We hear from new MP Peter Kyle, Labour winner in Hove, and the Green MP Caroline Lucas of Brighton Pavilion.


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Meridian East - Secondary school league tables

Performance tables published today show fewer secondary schools failing to meet Government standards - but dozens are under-performing, some to a 'scandalous' extent says one education expert.

Many of Kent's grammar schools are under attack for 'coasting', and failing to get the best out of bright pupils. Meanwhile there are mixed results for the region's academies: schools that opted out of local authority control.

Kent's top performers include Folkestone School for Girls. Bottom of the league - Castle Community College in Deal, the High Weald Academy at Cranbrook and The Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate.

At the top in Sussex - Brighton College, where 100 percent of pupils achieved A star - to C grade GCSEs - for the third year running. In Essex, the performance of Westcliff High School for Girls is the second best in England. Our report is by Andrea Thomas.