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Summary

  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Monday 8 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham, Kathryn Langley and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it from us

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    It's the end of our live coverage for today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Is there anything you'd like to tell us about? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

  2. Have you got a question about the general election?

    Throughout the election campaign, our News Correspondents will be taking your questions about the big issues and talking points.

    If you've got something you'd like to ask, then let us know.

    You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email#SEVote

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    Video caption: Have you got a question about the general election?
  3. New boss for British Airways i360

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    British Airways i360 has a new boss, Steve Bax.

    The world’s tallest moving observation tower opened on Brighton beach in August 2016, but has suffered a number of breakdowns and technical hitches.

    Steve, 46, who was born and raised in Margate, Kent, said the seaside holds “a special place in his heart”. 

    130 tower
    Quote Message: I am thrilled to be joining this innovative and record-holding attraction [and] excited about becoming part of the city’s business community and working with other attractions and businesses to promote Brighton and all it has to offer.” from Steve Bax
    Steve Bax

    Steve has worked in the visitor attraction sector for more than 10 years and is currently a historic properties director for English Heritage.

    He will start his new role on 3 July taking over from former chief executive Eleanor Harris.

  4. Breaking the law of graffiti

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A £1m piece of street art appears in your town overnight.

    Do people in Dover like their Brexit-themed Banksy?

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    Video caption: Banksy appears in Dover
  5. Will the weather get better this week?

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    After a cool, cloudy day, things are brightening up tomorrow.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  6. UKIP chair in Kent may have "unresigned"

    It's now uncertain whether the chairman of UKIP Kent has resigned. Earlier Richard Palmer told the BBC he had stepped down.

    However, it's understood following a phone call to the leader Paul Nuttall, he may have changed his mind.

  7. A year of #Southernstrikes

    Can you believe that we've had more than a year of Southern rail strikes? 

    Here we take a look at the strike in numbers… 

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    Video caption: A look at the Southern strikes in numbers
  8. Royal Navy shadows Russian submarine

    A Royal Navy warship has shadowed a Russian submarine through the English Channel.

    HMS Somerset located the submarine Krasnodar off the east coast on Friday.

    The Plymouth-based frigate followed it through the Dover Strait and the English Channel during the weekend. 

    Commanding officer Tim Berry of HMS Somerset said escorting the submarine was part of the "ongoing effort to protect our island nation".

    Last month, Somerset's sister ship HMS Sutherland escorted two Russian warships as they sailed close to the UK.

  9. #ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

    This 26-year-old theatre technician says he's "living his dream". 

    #thisisme

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    Video caption: Theatre technician says he’s living his dream
  10. Police warning over squirrel scam

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Rogue traders have been targeting people in Tunbridge Wells with a scam involving a dead squirrel. 

    A grey squirrel

    Police say a man's been knocking on doors offering roof repairs. 

    After inspecting the roof he claims the property has an infestation of squirrels. 

    On one occasion the man's said to have produced a dead animal and demanded £300 from the owner. 

    Quote Message: This man targets people by cold calling and demanding cash up front. Work then carried out is either minimal, or nothing has been done at all.
    Quote Message: Our advice remains the same for anyone dealing with cold callers. Do not deal with people who knock on your door offering work on your home or garden and if you have any concerns about their behaviour call the police." from Sergeant Andy Miller Kent Police
    Sergeant Andy MillerKent Police
  11. Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

    With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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  12. ME sufferer Jessica Taylor determined to walk for wedding

    A woman managed to walk down the aisle on her wedding day despite being bed-ridden for almost half her life.

    Jessica Taylor suffers debilitating fatigue and painful muscles caused by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

    The 25-year-old, of Cliffe Woods, met Samuel Bearman, 24, through friends and married last weekend.

    She worked with a physiotherapist to walk down the aisle. Here's her story.   

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  13. Are you sure it's still spring?

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    Cool and cloudy today, but the middle of the week looks better.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Kate Kinsella
  14. UKIP: 'We should have a different leadership team at the top'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Speaking to Julia George on this weekend's BBC Sunday Politics South East show, Richard Palmer laid the blame for UKIP's performance in the local elections squarely at the door of its national leadership.

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    Video caption: Richard Palmer blames Paul Nuttall for UKIP local election performance.
  15. Banksy: Council pleased at publicity

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Dover District Council says it welcomes the interest generated by the Banksy which has appeared on the side of a building in the centre of the town.

    It depicts a star being chipped out of the European flag, and is sited next to the A20 leading to and from the Eastern Docks.

    The area's also the site of a major regeneration project.

    Banksy mural in Dover
    Quote Message: The building is not owned by Dover District Council but is within the Dover Waterfront area that is currently the subject of a master planning process, looking at a planning and regeneration framework for the future of the area. We welcome the interest that the artwork is generating for the town in the short term and are monitoring the situation." from Dover District Council spokesman
    Dover District Council spokesman
  16. BreakingEXCLUSIVE: Chairman of UKIP Kent resigns

    Helen Catt

    Political editor, BBC South East

    Richard Palmer

    We understand the chairman of UKIP Kent, Richard Palmer, has resigned from his position.

    It's understood this is due to comments he made on BBC Sunday Politics South East about the party's leader, Paul Nuttall.

    Asked if the new UKIP leader ruined the election for "hardworking UKIP councillors", he said: "Yes in one single word.

    "I think he should, I think we should have a different leadership team at the top."

    We understand Mr Palmer felt he couldn't continue in the job after saying this.

  17. Southern dispute: Talks to resume next week

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Southern has confirmed there'll be further talks with the RMT Union next week.

    The two sides have been in dispute for over a year over the Driver Only Operated trains, and the future role of conductors.

    The actual date for the talks hasn't been confirmed.

    Southern Trains
  18. Have you got a story that needs to be investigated?

    If so, get in touch with the award-winning BBC South East Today investigations team.  

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    Video caption: South East Today investigates promo
  19. Six month wait for mental health treatment 'sets you up for failure'

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    Sophie tried to kill herself three times in the space of a week, months later she's still waiting for specialist treatment.

    She told us her experiences of the mental health system in our special feature to mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week. #sophiesstory

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    Video caption: Despite three suicide attempts, Sophie has been waiting for months to receive treatment.

    Details of organisations offering information and support with mental health are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 564 756.

  20. Body found in Maidstone

    Investigations are continuing today into an unexplained death near Maidstone.

    The body of a man in his 20's was found in Crisbrook Meadow on Sunday morning just after 07:00 BST. 

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    Video caption: Investigations are continuing today into an unexplained death near Maidstone

    Officers say they're still trying to work out what happened and they want to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time.