Hampshire County Council leader Ken Thornber has announced he is to step down after fourteen years in the post. He denies it's anything to do with UKIP gaining seats on the council and told our correspondent Andrew Pate why he felt he had to go.
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Dorset's Weymouth Beach has been named the UK's best by travellers, with Fistral Bay, Cornwall, coming in second place.
Wednesday morning's weather for the west of the region
Wednesday morning's weather for the east of the region