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Southampton students eye 'the Brexit election'

Emily Hudson

Political reporter, BBC Radio Solent,

Ask 50 students in a bar about tactical voting in previous elections and you might not get an overwhelming response.

But this is the Brexit election in their eyes.

For some it’s their first chance to show how they feel about leaving the EU. I look for balance, but it’s not really here. All except two don’t want to us to leave.

Many are acutely aware of tactical voting, they tell me about articles they’ve seen in left-wing newspapers advising how to show their discontent with Brexit.

Who is standing in Southampton Itchen and Southampton Test?

They say their friends are sharing tactical vote advice sites on Facebook, whats app and on email.

Here in Southampton Itchen – there were just 31 votes between the Conservative and the Labour candidates last time. The two candidates are standing again and are ready for a re-match.

Many of the students know just how close it was. They will not vote at home in Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire or the safe Conservative London boroughs.

They will instead chose to visit the ballot box here where they feel their vote could make a real difference.

Although many of the Halls of Residence and student housing areas are in the Southampton Test constituency, there has been a swing towards city centre living for students.

That includes a new block called Capital House just off Houndwell Park – it contains more than 400 rooms. Just one floor of students registering to vote and taking a Brexit stance could decide what happens here.

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Lines reopen but delays to last a while yet

Some lines have now reopened after a signalling problem between Brockenhurst and Weymouth.

But South Western Railway has warned delays are still likely to last for the rest of the day.

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Train problems to last 'until the end of the day'

There's not good news for people affected by signalling problems between Brockenhurst and Weymouth...

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Train delays due to signalling problem

Rail passengers are being warned of delays until 14:00 due to a signalling problem at Brockenhurst Station.

Commuters have reported services being delayed by up to an hour.

We've also been told of a power cut affecting Poole station.

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Motorway closure for bridge works

Part of the M27 will be shut every night this week in Hampshire.

The eastbound carriageway will be closed overnight between junction 3 for the M271 in Southampton and junction 4 for the M3 between 21:00 and 06:00.

The closure is for works on Romsey Road Bridge.

A signed diversion route will be in place, with motorists advised to take the A3057 and the A27.

Romsey Road Bridge
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Goshawks: The rare bird of prey returns to the New Forest
The number of rare goshawks in the New Forest has doubled in the last eight years.

The Phantom of the Forest returns

Goshawks: The rare bird of prey returns to the New Forest
A rare bird of prey, which was once close to extinction, has seen its numbers double in the New Forest.

There were 20 goshawk breeding pairs recorded in 2011 in Hampshire, Forestry England says there are now 40 pairs. 

The woodland raptors are nicknamed the 'Phantoms of the Forest' due to their elusive nature. 

See more on Inside Out South on BBC One in the south of England on Monday September 7 at 19:30 GMT and on the BBC iPlayer here.