MPs give views on EU membership

  • 3 February 2016
  • From the section England
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Image caption Prime Minister David Camerson faced questions about the EU vote

David Cameron was in the Commons today for his regular showdown with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister's Questions.

But instead of being the main event, it was merely the warm-up act for his statement in which he told MPs the government had reached an "important milestone" in its attempts to change Britain's relationship with Europe.

He called for them to support his draft deal on reforms to the European Union.

But David Cameron is under no illusions about how difficult his task of winning over Conservative MPs will be.

'Not convinced'

Recent research for BBC South East showed that even in the Conservative heartlands of Kent and Sussex only two Tory MPs at this stage would vote for the UK to remain part of the EU.

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Rail passenger satisfaction at lowest in South East

  • 27 January 2016
  • From the section Surrey
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Image caption Thameslink had the lowest proportion of satisfied passengers

The headline makes positive reading - satisfaction in Britain has risen for the first time since 2012, according to the annual rail passenger survey.

That's likely to come as a surprise to commuters from across the South East.

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Spending Review: Operation Stack and Newhaven Enterprise Zone

  • 25 November 2015
  • From the section England
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Image caption George Osborne has announced funding for a replacement for Operation Stack

In recent budgets and spending reviews the South East has felt rather overlooked with lots of announcements about funding for cities in the Northern Powerhouse but precious few for a region traditionally seen as the engine of the economy.

But in today's Spending Review, Kent was one of the big winners. The chancellor George Osborne announced up to £250 million for a replacement for Operation Stack.

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Operation Stack: MPs pushing case for 'crucial' funding

  • 4 November 2015
  • From the section Kent
Operation Stack in July on the M20 in Kent Image copyright PA

Ahead of the Conservative Party conference I interviewed the prime minister and put to him that residents in the South East felt slightly taken for granted by the Tories.

The party dominates the political landscape in Kent and Sussex - in fact in Kent every constituency is represented by a Conservative MP.

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How do you improve social mobility in grammar schools?

  • 23 October 2015
  • From the section Kent
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Image caption Artists' impression of the grammar school to open in Sevenoaks in September 2017

The decision by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to give consent for a new grammar school annexe to be built in Sevenoaks - the first major grammar school expansion in 50 years - has re-ignited the debate over whether the selective schools actually help improve social mobility, as they were designed to.

Kent and Medway are unusual in that they're among the few local authorities in England which have largely intact selective schools systems.

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Call for funding to end Operation Stack 'absolute misery'

  • 14 October 2015
  • From the section England
Lorries parked on the M20 during Operation Stack in July Image copyright Reuters

It was a summer of misery - for hauliers and Kent residents who found themselves at the mercy of Operation Stack.

In unprecedented scenes, thousands of lorries were forced to park on the M20 during cross-Channel disruption, causing congestion across the county. The problems were caused by striking French ferry workers and migrant activity at the Port of Calais and Channel Tunnel.

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David Cameron's speech: 'Housing revolution' to be led by Tunbridge Wells MP

  • 7 October 2015
  • From the section England
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Image caption David Cameron said he wanted to transform the housing market

It was a big moment for delegates at the Conservative conference in Manchester - the first time a Conservative Prime Minister had addressed a majority Conservative government for more than 18 years.

Members of the media had to stand as every seat was taken.

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David Cameron: 'No complacency over South East'

  • 2 October 2015
  • From the section England
Prime Minister David Cameron
Image caption Mr Cameron said he hears "very directly" from Kent MPs on the latest developments

It's fair to say few people expected the Conservatives to win a majority at May's General Election, and even fewer would have put money on the Conservatives increasing their number of MPs in Kent and Sussex - a region they already dominate politically.

But that's exactly what happened. To the Prime Minister's great delight, they won back the Rochester and Strood constituency from the UKIP candidate and former Tory MP Mark Reckless. They also took both the Lib Dem held seats in Eastbourne and Lewes.

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Jeremy Corbyn: Europe facing 'humanitarian crisis'

  • 29 September 2015
  • From the section Sussex
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Image caption Jeremy Corbyn criticised the government over the treatment of refugees

It was a packed hall as delegates in Brighton gathered to hear from their new leader. Jeremy Corbyn promised a new kind of politics - a gentler politics.

He criticised the Conservatives over their treatment of refugees.

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Natalie Bennett: No concerns over 'stolen Green policies'

  • 26 September 2015
  • From the section Sussex
Natalie Bennett
Image caption The Green Party's annual gathering in Bournemouth could be Natalie Bennett's final conference as leader

Brighton and Hove made history in 2011 when it became the first council in the UK to be Green-led.

However, the party lost control of the council at the May local elections and failed to make any gains at the General Election, and Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion remains its only MP.

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