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The Last Word, December 2018

It's been an extraordinary few days here at Parliament. But then, in these last weeks in Westminster, we've had week after week of extraordinary events.

Theresa May is leading her party into the a vote on her Brexit deal in Tuesday which only the most optimistic of her troops think she can win.

And Nigel Farage, the South East MEP who started the ball rolling on Brexit, parted company with UKIP, the party he'd led and dominated for so long.

And this week's report on railways: passengers from Kent Sussex and Surrey were subjected to the most 'appalling' treatment, with 'dangerous' overcrowding after last May's timetable changes.

To debate all this and more:-

  • John Howell MP, Conservative member for Henley
  • Baroness Smith, Angela Smith for Labour, from Sussex
  • Lord Fox, Chris Fox from Windsor, for the Lib Dems; and
  • Henry Bolton from Kent, now with 'Our Nation' the former UKIP leader

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Tory conference dominated by speculation about Theresa May's future

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Conservatives from the south have been braving the wind and the rain of Manchester for their party conference.

It's been dominated by speculation about Theresa May's future.

There's been criticism of Boris Johnson with many Tories accusing the former MP for Henley of undermining the Prime Minister.

Tonight the current MP for Henley told us Mr Johnson should keep quiet!

As our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby reports.

Phil spoke to Damian Green, MP First Secretary of State, John Glen MP Salisbury, Con, John Howell MP Henley, Con and Tim Loughton MP East Worthing & Shoreham, Con.

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One year on: How has Theresa May fared?

It's been a year since Maidenhead MP Theresa May became Prime Minister.

During the election campaign she wasn't a regular visitor to the South but she made an impact when she was here.

She famously took part in a planned canvassing exercise in Southampton.

Rachel Hepworth has been re-tracing her steps, one year on.

Phil spoke to Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire.

Theresa May, through the eyes of cartoonists

There's no doubt that politics has been unpredictable and exciting recently.

That's good news, of course, for cartoonists. They've been having great fun - mostly at the Prime Minister's expense.

Our political correspondent Phil Hornby who has been to an exhibition which compares the cartoonists' views of Theresa May with one of her predecessors.

Prime Minister targets Labour constituency in South

The Prime Minister paid a flying visit today, significantly targeting one of only three Labour constituencies in the South.

Theresa May went door-knocking for votes in Southampton Test, held by Labour last time round. But it appeared to be as much for the cameras as any serious canvassing attempt.

And later, with more publicity in the offing, she visited the local newspaper. Our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports.

General Election 2017: the view from the region

Our political correspondent Phil Hornby has been looking at Westminster's reaction to the Prime Minister's call for a General Election:

The view from the West of the ITV Meridian region including the Thames Valley begins with a look at the Prime Minister Theresa May on the campaign trail year ago in Maidenhead in Berkshire.

The view from the eastern part of the ITV Meridian area starts with an interview from Tom Tugendhat, the MP for Tonbridge & Malling.

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