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  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. Rooting out the next generation


    Kids playing All Stars Cricket

    Know any young children who might be interested in having a go at cricket?

    Now's the time to get them involved with the England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) grassroots programme for five- to eight-year-olds called All Stars Cricket.

    All Stars Cricket is an eight-week course that is being introduced in May through local cricket clubs and centres, offering youngsters a first experience of the sport.  

    Sign up here and children will receive a backpack of cricket gear. 

  3. #ICYMI: Memories made from paper

    Robin Gibson

    BBC South East Today reporter

    It's a unique exhibition reflecting memories of the Second World War, created in intricate, lifesize paper dresses.  

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    Video caption: Danny House Exhibition
  4. 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”. 

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    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.

  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. 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?
  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. Pioneering photographer's work goes on show

    Robin Gibson

    BBC South East Today reporter

    The Beatles, Edith Piaf, Indira Ghandi all came before her lens - and her ground breaking photo journalism led to travels around the world. 

    Now 91-year-old Marilyn Stafford lives the Sussex coast, and an exhibition of photos she took during the 1950s opens in St Leonards. 

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    Video caption: Marilyn stafford exhibition
  9. #ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

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


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    Video caption: Theatre technician says he’s living his dream
  10. Arrests made over hold-ups

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police have arrested two people in connection with a series of armed robberies across West Sussex.

    A Co-op in Bolnore Village was targeted on 9 April, a Premier Convenience store in Crawley on 29 April and another Co-op in Cowfold on 30 April.

    A 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, both from Crawley were arrested this afternoon and are now being questioned.

  11. 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
  12. Labour candidate steps down

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    The Labour candidate for Brighton Pavilion has stepped down, BBC Sussex can reveal.

    Michelle Thew is the CEO of animal welfare charity Cruelty Free International. I understand it became clear that her commitments there were not compatible with standing as a candidate in the general election.

    Photo of Solomon Curtis
    Image caption: In 2015, BBC Newsbeat spoke to Solomon Curtis as one of the youngest Parliamentary candidates.

    She is replaced by Solomon Curtis, a 20-year-old student at the University of Sussex. He stood in 2015 in Wealden, losing to Conservative Nus Ghani.

    He joins Tory Emma Warnham and independent candidate Nick Yeomans in challenging the incumbent - Caroline Lucas of the Green Party.

  13. Five myths about last week's local elections

    Coming so close to a Parliamentary election, last week's local poll has been chewed over, analysed and regurgitated in various ways over the weekend. 

    So, just in case you find yourself in the middle of a political discussion this week - here are five myths you might have heard about the Sussex vote - and what really happened. Swot up on this lot and we'll have you sounding like a pundit in no time!

    1. 'Labour lost because they lost support to the Tories'

    Cllr Tania Charman leaves the stage after being re-elected to East Sussex County Council

    Labour lost three seats in East Sussex - all in Hastings - and one seat in Crawley, West Sussex. All were won by Conservative candidates. So was that because Labour voters switched to the Tories?

    Possibly not - and that's certainly not the full explanation. Labour actually increased its share of the vote in Hastings and in Crawley. 

    But as UKIP's vote collapsed, those voters turned to the Conservatives more readily than to Labour. In West Sussex, there was a 12.5% swing from UKIP to Labour, but 18.2% from UKIP to the Conservatives. 

    2. 'Fewer people bothered to vote'

    the count is prepared for Lewes District at East Sussex County elections

    You'll hear it said that few people turn out to local elections - and it's true that turnout at these elections was much lower than it would be for a general election.

    However, turnout was up in more than four in five divisions in East Sussex compared to 2013, while over 30,000 more voters turned out in West Sussex than did last time. 

    3. 'The Lib Dems only gained votes in areas that voted to remain in the EU'

    chart showing how the Lib Dem vote share had changed in individual districts in West Sussex

    Not so. In West Sussex, their biggest gains were in Arun and Chichester, which voted to leave.

    4. 'Left-wing parties can't win in Sussex if several of them target the same council seat'

    There's been a lot of talk about left-wing parties standing aside for each other at elections this year, to avoid "splitting the progressive vote". 

    Worth noting, then, that Ringmer & Lewes Bridge turned into an exciting three-way race between the Lib Dems, Greens and Tories - which the Lib Dems won. 

    Green candidate Johnny Denis rejected the idea his party should have stood aside to make it easier for the Lib Dems to win. 

    5. 'UKIP lost because of Brexit, and their members agree that's a price worth paying'

    UKIP leader Paul Nuttall turned heads last week when he said that "if the price of Britain leaving the EU is a Tory advance after taking up this patriotic cause then it is a price UKIP is prepared to pay".

    UKIP lost all their county councillors in Sussex, and while some of them may be as relaxed as their leader sounds - that's not true of all of them. 

    Their leader in West Sussex, Sandra James, left the count without giving interviews. Meanwhile, in East Sussex, where UKIP failed to field candidates in towns like Hastings, their group leader Philip Howson blamed defeat on the central party for failing to support his campaign.

  14. Fire crews tackle major house fire in Lewes

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Up to 30 firefighters are fighting a major fire at a house in Lewes.

    Fire engine

    Eight fire engines were sent to Prince Edward's Road just after 14:00 BST.

    The residential road is just under a mile north of Lewes town centre.

    Ten firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are tackling the blaze with an aerial ladder.

    Nobody has been injured.

  15. BreakingEight fire crews at Lewes blaze

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Eight fire engines are at the scene of a fire in Lewes. 

    East Sussex Fire and Rescue were called to a building in Prince Edward's Road just after 14:00 BST.

    They say the fire is on the first floor.

    It's not known yet if anyone has been injured.

  16. 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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  17. Could there be a summer drought?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    With winter rainfall in the South East at its lowest for two decades, one water company has already had to top up a major reservoir.  

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    Video caption: Drought warnings after low rainfall
  18. 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