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How does the South view the election of 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.

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The Last Word, July 2015

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.

Activity inside and outside Labour conference today!

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.


New leader of Southampton City Council elected

Jacqui Rayment has been elected as the new leader of Southampton City Council following the shock resignation of Richard Williams at a heated meeting in the city tonight.

Richard Williams is standing down as both leader and as a city councillor. His resignation was announced during a special meeting to consider a report over allegations that he had misled the public last year.

The meeting voted Cllr Jacqui Rayment (Lab) as the new Leader of the Council. The council’s annual general meeting is scheduled for 15th May, at which point the Leader for the year 2013-2014 will be elected.

“I’d like to pay tribute to Richard for acting honourably and leaving the council today. I am humbled to have been elected until the council’s AGM. It’s a sad day for Southampton politics, but the work carries on. The administration has a clear vision for Southampton which we will continue to work towards.”

– Cllr Jacqui Rayment, new leader of Southampton City Council
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Labour: Military element to funeral is 'unattractive'

Labour peer, Baroness Helena Kennedy told Daybreak that she found the military element to Margaret Thatcher's funeral "unattractive", she said she would have preferred a much smaller affair.

"This kind of public ritual is in some ways replacing other things that have been lost and in some ways I think that is what this is about", she added.

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