As surprises, go this was one of the best-kept. When Theresa May announced this week, there'd be a General Election in June, no-one was expecting it.
The Commons backed the decision to hold a snap election by 522 votes to 13, formally firing the starting pistol on the election campaign. The Prime Minister urged MPs to "put our fate in the hands of the people"
In the south and south east, what will the people decide? After your votes:-
- Kelly-Marie Blundell, the Lib Dem candidate in Lewes
- Henry Bolton, from UKIP in Kent
- Charlie Elphicke MP, the Conservative member in Dover, and
- Solomon Curtis, from Labour in Sussex
And we also hear from Caroline Lucas, Brighton Pavilion's MP and the co-leader of the Green Party.
Following a fierce battle within the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn has won the party's leadership election.
But while MP's have been very publicly fighting it out what do the region's campaigners and party members make of the party split?
And where does today's win for Corbyn leave local MP's who spoke out against him?
Sarah Saunders watched the results come in with Labour Party members in Lewes.
One year after the general election, this is Jeremy Corbyn's first big electoral test. Phil Hornby reports.Read the full story ›
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn shared his thoughts on the Heathrow/Gatwick debate and the issue of the migrants across the Channel in Calais. Phil Hornby asked the questions:
There is an uneasy truce here in Brighton - but there could be some fierce battles ahead, says Political Correspondent Phil HornbyRead the full story ›
Peter Kyle, the MP for Hove, Labour's only gain in our region in May, says it will be an "exciting" week. He wanted Liz Kendall to win the leadership, but insists he's not going to make trouble for Jeremy Corbyn.
There's been a major change at the top of our political landscape. The Labour Party has elected the left-leaning Jeremy Corbyn as its new head.
If you've been following the leadership process, it's a controversial move. However, tens of thousands of new members have joined the party since the announcement was made.
We've been gauging reaction from Labour politicians across the South. Rachel Hepworth reports.
What does the Budget mean for you? And after May's defeat, can Labour recover? Lively debate with Henley MP John Howell, Lib Dem Baroness Parminter from Sussex and Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead .....
... and Parliament may need to relocate soon for the big rebuild. Where should it go .... and is a glass box really the answer? One MP tells us why it is.
Iain Dale, the publisher of former spin doctor Damian McBride, has received a police caution after admitting common assault over a scuffle with a protester during a live television interview in Brighton, Sussex Police said
Video. Energy prices will be frozen under a new Labour government. And 16 and 17-year-olds will get the vote. Promises made today by Ed Miliband at the Labour conference in Brighton, where delegates gave him four standing ovations.
But it wasn't just the activity inside the building that made the news. Here's our political correspondent Phil Hornby.