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Tears and cheers among rail passengers after referendum results

There was a wide range of views about the Referendum result on the 0722 Brighton to London this morning.

Some rail passengers had spent the morning crying, while others cheered when they heard the results for the first time.

Brighton as a whole voted overwhelmingly in favour of 'Remain' (68.6%).

Watch the reactions below:

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Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas: "Cameron right to resign"

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas says it is right for Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his resignation in response to the referendum result.

The Green Party MP - a staunch supporter of remaining within the EU - says that a period of calm is now needed to 'lessen the economic impact of Brexit'.

She is also calling for the Brexit camp to live up to their promise of handing back power to the people, which she says will only be possible if the House of Lords becomes an elected chamber.

David Cameron was right to announce his resignation this morning – and indicate that Article 50 will be invoked by the next Prime Minister. The country needs a period of calm over the next few months to lessen the economic impact of Brexit on working people up and down the country.

Brexiteers must now live up to their pledge to hand control to the British people by committing to proportional representation for the House of Commons and a fully elected second chamber. It’s abundantly clear that the two-party system no longer represents the will of the people, and that major reforms are needed to address the deep sense of alienation in so many of our communities.

Progressives must not now fight amongst ourselves. We must unite to challenge any planned post-brexit austerity or bonfire of environmental and workers’ rights. To engage in inter-party squabbling while our constituents suffer would be criminal.

– Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion (Green)
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Further travel delays after overnight flooding

Commuters at Victoria Station in London. Credit: PA

Passengers commuting from work on Thursday were hit by delays and cancellations due to heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of London.

Operators such as Abellio Greater Anglia, Gatwick Express, Southern, South West Trains and Thameslink were affected, with Network Rail saying it had 1,200 engineers working on weather-related problems on the network.

A number of train stations - including Ruislip Manor, Upminster Bridge, and Lambeth North - were completely closed due to flooding, with Blackfriars and Mansion House closed during the evening rush hour.

Meanwhile, the Waterloo and City line was completely suspended, and services on the Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Hammersmith and City lines were all hit by severe delays.

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Hastings Pier fight taken to court

Hastings Pier is at the centre of a row between the local council and businesses

Hastings Council has taken a fight to the highest court in the land. The local authority is mounting a last ditch bid to avoid paying compensation for closing part of the pier ten years ago.

The dispute is between the council which said part of the structure wasn't safe, and the companies that were based on the pier, which were affected by having no customers. The judges at The Supreme Court have been hearing the argument from both sides. From Middlesex Guildhall, Andrea Thomas reports.

Brighton & Hove's new plan to tackle homelessness

It's believed that more than fifty homeless people have died in Brighton & Hove in the last three years. Now, in a report soon to be released, Brighton & Hove City Council has set an ambitious target ... "to make sure no-one has the need to sleep rough in the city by 2020".

The report comes with a fresh admission that the city's homelessness problem has become "more acute" with services working with more than 1,100 cases of rough sleepers last year - figures that are almost double what the situations was like five years ago. Andy Dickenson reports.

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