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The Last Word, June 2017

A new Parliament; a new cabinet; and new MPs across the Meridian region.

With the clock about to start ticking on Brexit, and with the Conservatives in chaos, a look back on the campaign that promised so much for the Tories - and left them reeling ... even though they won.

  • Alan Whitehead MP, Southampton Test - Labour
  • Layla Moran MP, Oxford West & Abingdon - Lib Dem
  • Tim Loughton MP, East Worthing & Shoreham - Con

.... debate the result that took so many by surprise, and look ahead at a difficult few months ahead.

Don't be ridiculous!

– Tim Loughton

The response of Tim Loughton, the former children's minister and Sussex MP, when we asked what his message would have been to Theresa May during the campaign, about the so-called 'dementia tax'. It was a point in the campaign that proved a turning point in so many constituencies, and saw some Conservative MPs lose their seats.

New MP looking forward to life in Westminster

The new Labour MP for Oxford East, Anneliese Dodds, is looking forward to getting her office up and running in Westminster. She said Andrew Smith, who held the seat for thirty years, was a hard act to follow.


'We're off to drink a toast to Theresa' - Eastleigh MP backs PM after election win

Mims Davies swore her allegiance to Theresa May after winning her Eastleigh seat with an increased majority.

The Conservatives regained the Hampshire seat with 28,889 votes to the Liberal Democrats' 14,710, the latter squeezed by a resurgent support for Labour who got 11,454.

The UKIP vote was massively reduced to 1,477 while the Greens finished fifth with 750.

Rachel Hepworth reports:

Rachel spoke to Mims Davies, the Liberal Democrat candidate Mike Thornton, and UKIP's Malcolm Jones.

Tories see red in Brighton as Labour triumphs

Labour and the Greens are victorious in Brighton and Hove as the voters turn against the Tories. Tom Savvides has the details.

General Election 2017: Reaction from passengers on 'The Train of Shame'

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse joined passengers on the commute from Brighton today, where the Green Party's Caroline Lucas increased her vote, as did Labour winning an extra seat. Not surprising, then, on the so-called 'train of shame' - the one that's often late and some passengers say 'never on time' many were pleased with the result.


General Election 2017: Analysis - the youth vote

With the youth and student vote having been so high in the 2017 General Election, Sangeeta interviewed political expert, Adrian Pabst - who is a Reader in Politics at the University of Kent.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford, compiled a special report about the youth vote.

General Election 2017: Eastbourne

The LibDems pulled off a big win in Sussex. Eastbourne has bounced to and fro between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives for more than 25 years.

Last night it was the turn of Stephen Lloyd. He lost the seat 2 years ago. Last night he turned the tables. Derek Johnson reports on a political comeback.

General Election 2017: Canterbury - a dramatic change

Here's a look at what happened in Canterbury in Kent, where Labour took the seat which had been held by Conservatives since 1918. The new MP defeating the long-standing incumbent, Julian Brazier, with a margin of just about 200 votes. The report is followed by an interview with Rosie Duffield, the city's new MP.

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