Budget 2014: Chancellor's plan aims to change 'more ebb than fleet' housing
George Osborne had largely managed to keep this year's budget under his hat after last year's debacle when the Evening Standard ran most of its contents in advance.
The silence led most political journalists to assume that meant the chancellor was going to pull a big rabbit out of the hat - a giveaway no one was expecting.
Early on in his speech he alluded to this when he said: "If you're a maker, a doer or a saver, this budget is for you." More of that later.
The biggest announcement for the South East was one he'd already made on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday when he pledged to build the first new garden city in almost 100 years in Ebbsfleet, in Kent.
Mr Osborne told MPs that the government was going to build new homes in the South East - where the pressure was the greatest - at Barking Riverside, regenerate Brent Cross, and construct the first new garden city since Welwyn Garden City was built in 1920.
Pitfalls of UKIP's 'major party status'
It's been a pretty good week for UKIP and Nigel Farage.
The broadcast regulator Ofcom ruled the party must be given the same coverage as the Tories, Labour and the Liberal Democrats in the run up to the European elections.
Brighton and Hove council tax rise 'unlikely to be backed'
Brighton and Hove City Council could be about to make history.
A meeting of the full council to vote on next year's budget doesn't normally hit the headlines, but next Thursday the council could become the first local authority in the country to trigger a referendum over its council tax.
Aviation in South East: 'Uncertainty remains'
The Davies Commission report has been much anticipated.
Many hoped it would draw a line under the political arguments over how to increase aviation capacity in the South East and give business and the communities potentially affected some certainty.
Chancellor outlines support for fracking in Autumn Statement
For the first time in some years George Osborne enjoyed positive economic figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) and was able to tell MPs that the economy was growing faster than expected.
That said, his messages was that "this government will fix the roof while the sun is shining" - an obvious dig at the last Labour government, who he said should have done more to tackle the deficit while the economy was growing.
Miliband focuses on apprenticeships in Crawley visit
While the prime minister was in China with a trade delegation the Labour leader Ed Miliband was much closer to home.
He went to Caterpillars pre-school nursery in Crawley to highlight the importance of apprenticeship schemes in helping to build a strong economy.
Fresh blow for beleaguered Thanet District Council
If Thanet District Council thought the independent report into behaviour at the council would draw a line under the recent difficulties the council has experienced it seems they were wrong.
Instead, at a meeting on Thursday night to discuss the report's recommendations the four independent members of the council's standards committee, including chairman Robin Hills, quit.
PCCs in the South East still have points to prove
Kent County Council budget set to bring job losses
Kent County Council is consulting on plans to increase council tax by 1.99% - just below the 2% rise which would require a referendum.
They're not alone - new research shows that almost a third of all English councils plan to increase council tax next year despite government incentives to continue to freeze the tax.
Energy bosses questioned by Lords Economic Affairs Committee
The four bosses of companies hoping to develop shale gas and oil drilling in the UK have given evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee.
Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuadrilla, IGas Energy CEO Andrew Austin, Tom Crotty, director of INEO, and INEOS gas procurement manager Andrew Mackenzie were questioned on the scope for commercial shale gas extraction by peers on Tuesday.