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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Tuesday 25 April 2017

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  1. That's it from us

    Our live coverage has ended for the day, but we'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST with all your news, travel, sport and weather. 

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  2. Which South East constituencies are most vulnerable to change?

    The electoral map of the South East is almost exclusively blue at the moment, but whilst there are several very safe seats, there are also plenty of constituencies that could see a change in the upcoming election.

    We've compiled this list of the most vulnerable seats in Kent and Sussex.

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    Video caption: Map of the South East's most marginal constituencies
  3. A chilly start to Wednesday

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    And there's even the possibility of hail. Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather - South East
  4. Bluewater expansion gets the go-ahead

    Bluewater

    The Bluewater shopping centre near Dartford is set to expand, creating more than 2,000 jobs. 

    Planning permission has been granted for a major redevelopment, which will see five separate extensions to the shopping centre, and a re-configured layout. 

    Bluewater is set to increase in size by 20 per cent.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

    M25 Surrey - Two lanes blocked and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an accident involving A CAR AND A LORRY.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent westbound severe accident, at J10 for A20.

    M20 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M20 westbound at J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of an accident involving two cars.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. Spring has sprung early at Hever

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The unusually warm weather we've been having has meant this year's tulip celebration at Hever Castle and Gardens has come early.

    Take a look at these beautiful blooms.

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    Video caption: Warm weather causes Hever's tulip celebration to come early
  8. Exercise 'keeps mind sharp' in over-50s

    #GetInspired

    Two older people running

    Research has suggested that doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you're over 50.

    So if you're 'of a certain age' - or know someone who is and could benefit from a bit more movement - why not take a look at our Get Inspired guides to find something for them to get moving?    

  9. Justice Secretary response to sex for rent scandal

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The Justice Secretary says she'll be looking into the issue of sex for rent, uncovered by a BBC South East investigation.

    She was responding to a question by the South East's only Labour MP.

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    Video caption: Peter Kyle in Parliament on sex for rent
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    Severe accident: A2 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A2 Kent westbound severe accident, at M25 J2 affecting B260 Green Street Green Road.

    A2 Kent - Stationary traffic on A2 westbound in Darenth at Darenth Interchange, because of an accident and a rolling road-block. Congestion on B260 Green Street Green Road to the B260 Green Street Green Road junction.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Mum to be flown to UK after shark attack

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Frankie Gonsalves

    A mother attacked by a shark in the South Atlantic is to be airlifted to a London hospital on Wednesday, her father has said.

    Social worker Frankie Gonsalves was swimming with her husband Dean and two children off Ascension Island, when a shark bit down on her foot and leg.

    Mr Gonsalves punched the shark on the nose to free his wife, who managed to scramble back to shore.

    Doctors confirmed she will not lose her leg, but does need urgent trauma care.

    Speaking about the attack her father Irving Benjamin, from Deal, said: "Thank God it wasn't the kids."

    Louis, seven, and Katie, 10, were playing just metres away in the shallows of the bay when their mother was attacked.

    Mrs Gonsalves had worked as a children's social worker in St Helena for two years. Her contract was due to end this month but a promotion means the family will now stay in the British Overseas Territory another year.

  12. Deceptively sunny

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It may look lovely outdoors, but it's been a chilly morning and that's set to continue through the day. Expect some showers too.

    Find out more in my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Lunctime weather with Kate Kinsella
  13. No decision on airports till June

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    There'll be no decision on a new runway in the South East until after the general election.

    The Davis Commission recommended expansion of Heathrow, but Gatwick's owners are still hopeful they'll get the go-ahead instead.

    Heathrow Airport
    Image caption: Heathrow

    The current public consultation ends on 25 May, but the Department for Transport has told the BBC it'll be for the next government to respond to whatever points it raises.  

    Gatwick Airport
    Image caption: Gatwick Airport
  14. 'You're more of a man if you're willing to speak about your problems'

    Charlie Rose

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    This musician rebuilt his life after depression, and is urging others to seek help.  

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    Video caption: Musician urges men to talk about their mental health