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Former Labour MP joins Lib Dems

The former Labour MP for Medway, and friend of Jeremy Corbyn has defected to the Liberal Democrats. Bob Marshall-Andrews who represented the Medway seat from 1997-2010 said Labour had the answers to the problems of the 20th century, but did not address those of the 21st.

He told ITV Meridian he was leaving his old party with a heavy heart.

Labour politics could split in Brighton & Hove

Brighton and Hove Labour Party, which was suspended amid allegations of intimidation and ballot-rigging, could be split into three local parties. The move would bring suspension to an end. But leading members of the hard-left group Momentum say they'll refuse to work with a leadership team being 'imposed' by the national party. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are Greg Hadfield, Momentum supporter; James Ellis, Momentum supporter; and Peter Kyle, the MP for Hove.

Tax credits 'crisis': Jeremy Corbyn's message to working families in the South

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has arrived at the Caterpillars Pre School to speak to parents about tax credit cuts.

Jeremy Corbyn in Sussex today Credit: ITV Meridian
Jeremy Corbyn speaks to parents and pre-school workers in Sussex Credit: ITV Meridian

He's been joined by Peter Lamb, the Labour Leader of Crawley Council. Mr Corbyn, has already clashed with the Tories over what he says will be a "crisis for three million families." He has demanded that David Cameron guarantees that working families will not be worse off.

The Government's plans to cut tax credits by £4.4 billion were defeated in October when the House of Lords passed a motion to delay any decision while further assessment is carried out.

New proposals are expected to be set out in the Autumn Statement this month. Mr Cameron has told MPs that the basic level of child tax credits would stay the same.

Jeremy Corbyn speaks to families and pre-school workers in Crawley Credit: ITV Meridian

Labour faithful arrive on South Coast


The Labour Party Autumn conference arrives in Brighton today [September 26] but the planning has been underway for a year.

Around 11,000 delegates, exhibitors, media and staff will fill the Brighton Centre and nearby hotels. Sussex Police have mounted "Operation Otter" to safeguard the delegates. All eyes will be on Labour's new leader - elected earlier this month - to see how he is received by the party faithful. Labour have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity since he took control, with tens of thousands of new members.


  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, September 2015

Lively political debate for the south of England. Huw Merriman, the Sussex Conservative MP, Baroness Brinton of Kenardington in Kent for the LibDems, and Peter Kyle, Hove's Labour MP join Phil Hornby.

This month: the Labour leadership - what will a Jeremy Corbyn victory mean for our region? The refugee and migrant crisis - the numbers don't add up; and the House of Lords: how many more peers do we need? Really?

(l-r) Peter Kyle MP, Huw Merriman MP, Lady Brinton Credit: ITV Meridian

Caution after live TV bust-up

Iain Dale has been cautioned after brawling with a protester Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The publisher of former spin doctor Damian McBride's memoirs has received a police caution after admitting common assault over a brawl with a protester during a live television interview.

Political blogger Iain Dale, from Tunbridge Wells, attended Brighton's John Street police station to be interviewed by Sussex Police detectives about the scuffle with veteran campaigner, Stuart Holmes.

The incident on Brighton seafront was on the same day as Ed Miliband's keynote speech at the Labour party conference.

It appeared that Mr Dale tried to get Mr Holmes' anti-nuclear banner out of shot during an interview.

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