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  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, September 2017

Is Brexit on track, or is it going wrong? And public sector workers ... should they get the pay rise they're after? To debate this - and the leadership of their parties:

  • Anneliese Dodds, Labour MP for Oxford East
  • Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
  • Henry Bolton, the UKIP leadership candidate from Kent, and
  • Bob Seely, the Isle of Wight's Conservative MP


  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, April 2017

As surprises, go this was one of the best-kept. When Theresa May announced this week, there'd be a General Election in June, no-one was expecting it.

The Commons backed the decision to hold a snap election by 522 votes to 13, formally firing the starting pistol on the election campaign. The Prime Minister urged MPs to "put our fate in the hands of the people"

In the south and south east, what will the people decide? After your votes:-

  • Kelly-Marie Blundell, the Lib Dem candidate in Lewes
  • Henry Bolton, from UKIP in Kent
  • Charlie Elphicke MP, the Conservative member in Dover, and
  • Solomon Curtis, from Labour in Sussex

And we also hear from Caroline Lucas, Brighton Pavilion's MP and the co-leader of the Green Party.

Theresa May's big day and Diane James' short reign...

It was Theresa May's big day at the Tory conference in Birmingham. Our political correspondent Phil Hornby has been talking to her. But first, his thoughts on Diane James' resignation as leader of Ukip...

New UKIP leader revealed at Bournemouth conference

Diane James, the Member of the European Parliament for the South East, today became the new leader of UKIP - taking over from Nigel Farage.

She won the party's leadership election easily - and says her first job will be to target Labour voters. Our Political Correspondent, Phil Hornby, spent the day at the UKIP conference in Bournemouth.


  1. Sarah Saunders @SSaundersITV

UKIP council leader taken to court - for failure to pay his council tax

Councils too often have to take taxpayers to court, because they've not paid their council tax. But how often do they have to take the leader of the council to court for not paying?

That's what's happened in Thanet. Chris Wells is the red-faced council leader. He says it's an administrative oversight. Taxpayers in Thanet have been telling Sarah Saunders what they think.

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Farage "EU Out" tour begins in Ramsgate

The leader of UKIP, south east MEP Nigel Farage has been in Thanet this afternoon.

Mr Farage says he will make immigration the centrepiece of his campaign for the UK to quit the EU, and for the first time, an opinion poll puts the quitters ahead of the remainers.

David Johns went to see how Ramsgate responded to the UKIP leader.

Nigel Farage attacked by senior UKIP colleague

UKIP's economics spokesman Patrick O'Flynn blew open simmering tensions within the party in an interview with The Times, saying Mr Farage was no longer the "cheerful, ebullient, cheeky, daring" politician of recent times.

Mr O'Flynn said the UKIP leader's behaviour risked the party being seen as an "absolute monarchy" and blamed Mr Farage's "aggressive" and "inexperienced" advisers.

He called for Mr Farage, who lives in Kent, to adopt a "much more consultative and consensual leadership style".

Mr O'Flynn's comments come after Mr Farage was widely mocked for resigning as leader after failing to win the South Thanet seat he stood for in the General Election, only to be reinstated three days later after the party's National Executive Committee rejected his resignation.

Nigel Farage finding out he had failed in his bid to get elected in South Thanet last week Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Farage persuaded to withdraw resignation over 4m votes

Nigel Farage's offer of resignation was rejected by UKIP members because of the success of his election campaign, according to a statement by the Chairman of UKIP has revealed.

As promised Nigel Farage tendered his official resignation as leader of UKIP to the NEC. This offer was unanimously rejected by the NEC members who produced overwhelmingly evidence that the UKIP membership did not want Nigel to go

The NEC also concluded that UKIP's general election campaign had been a great success. We have fought a positive campaign with a very good manifesto and despite relentless, negative attacks and an astonishing last minute swing to the Conservatives over fear of the SNP, that in these circumstances, 4 million votes was an extraordinary achievement. On that basis Mr Farage withdrew his resignation and will remain leader of UKIP. In addition the NEC recognised that the referendum campaign has already begun this week and we need our best team to fight that campaign led by Nigel. He has therefore been persuaded by the NEC to withdraw his resignation and remains leader of UKIP.

– Steve crowther, Chairman of UKIP
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