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Conservative councillor defects to Brexit Party

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Mike Bennison
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A long-standing Conservative councillor in Elmbridge has defected to the Brexit Party.

Mike Bennison, who represents Hinchley Wood, Claygate and Oxshott on Surrey County Council, said he would continue to serve his constituents to the “high standard” he feels he has shown. He becomes the county’s first Brexit Party councillor.

He said he had no choice but to leave the Conservative Party after he was told he would not be re-selected for the next local elections.

Mr Bennison, who has been a councillor for 20 years, also represents Cobham and Downside on Elmbridge Borough Council.

He said he was “absolutely dumbfounded” when he was told he had been turned down to represent the Tories in the borough elections next year and county elections in 2021.

Motorcyclist dead in crash with two cars

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A man has died in a crash involving three vehicles.

A Honda, an Audi and a motorbike collided on the M25 clockwise between junctions 10 and 11.

The rider of the motorbike, a man in his 40s, was declared dead at the scene

Surrey Police officers were called to the stretch at 19:09 BST on Wednesday.

The road was closed for investigations and now officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward, particularly anyone with dashcam footage of the incident.

Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names

In the South East, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.

The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.

Chart of most popular boys names in the South East of England in 2018
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Chart of most popular girls names in the South East of England in 2018
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The Argus: A man who once claimed to be the youngest father in Britain narrowly escaped jail after a drunken rampage

Kent Online: Indian restaurant turned back into pub after £1.1m transformation

Get Surrey: Tandridge council puts up six foot fence to protect Hurst Green 72-year-old from 'spoilt brats'

Chichester Observer: Council seeks clarity over 'key issues' in emerging plans for 1,000 homes

Eastbourne Herald: A Hailsham man has been sentenced for defrauding East Sussex County Council

Crawley and Horley Observer: ‘Huge drugs bust’ at Gatwick Airport turns out to be vegan cake ingredients

Worthing Herald: Community rallies around Ashurst beautician who lost everything in car theft

Mid Sussex Times: Motorcyclist seriously injured in Ditchling collision

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton bakery to host Facebook pop-up café for free privacy checks

Hastings Observer: A 16-year-old has been charged with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine in Hastings, and having a knife in public

Brighton and Hove Independent: Shoreham Airport bought by global aviation company

Severe disruption: A308 Surrey eastbound

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A308 Surrey eastbound severe disruption, from A30 London Road to B377 Fordbridge Road.

A308 Surrey - A308 Kingston Road in London closed eastbound from Crooked Billet to Fordbridge Roundabout, because of a car that was on fire earlier and resurfacing work.

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

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Anger as Coppa Club builds glass wall without planning permission

Kent Online: Brothers' heads cracked open in attack at Vivid in Herne Bay

Get Surrey: Son buys mum £250 birthday watch but left 'fuming' as Amazon send shower gel instead

Chichester Observer: Most shocking crimes on railways in Sussex revealed

Eastbourne Herald: Man taken to hospital after car flips over in Eastbourne street

Crawley and Horley Observer: Sussex graveyard theft: Reward offered in hunt for thieves

Worthing Herald: Guild Care reveals total raised at Walk for Worthing, the charity’s new flagship event

Mid Sussex Times: Downlands Community School celebrate 'best ever' results

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton Aldridge Community Academy students celebrate GCSE results

Hastings Observer: Hastings park voted as best in the region

Brighton and Hove Independent: Fight is on to save one of the strangest landmarks in Sussex

The Gatwick bus driver who sends holiday makers home happy
Bus driver John Russell says he hopes he can cheer people up when they're on their way home from holiday.

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The Argus: Police officers attacked in Hove told to wait two hours for an ambulance

Kent Online: Toddler Mia Atkins from Greenhithe died at Darent Valley Hospital after choking on snack

Get Surrey: Five reasons Surrey's Youth Offending Service is inadequate, according to damning inspection report

Chichester Observer: Twenty-nine shotguns surrendered to Sussex Police

Eastbourne Herald: GCSE results day: Roedean Moira House students break Eastbourne school’s records

Crawley and Horley Observer: Major supermarket to close Crawley town centre store

Worthing Herald: New listening post helps move Steyning Museum into 21st century

Mid Sussex Times: Blue-green algae warning for Mid Sussex dog owners

Brighton and Hove News: Blatchington Mill head shares his pride in his pupils' GCSE results

Hastings Observer: Hastings drink driver was more than three times over limit on busy shopping street

Brighton and Hove Independent: Sussex mum’s fear as five-day-old baby stops breathing six times

Runway mishap down to 'pressures of meeting targets'

Guy Bell

Gatwick Airport
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An investigation has found runway inspectors at Gatwick drove onto the runway before a plane had decelerated due to pressures of meeting operating targets.

A vehicle carrying out runway inspections had been given clearance to enter the runway about 12 seconds after the plane touched down in February 2018.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch found the crew had misunderstood the clearance and that they were unfamiliar with the airport and runway exits available.

As a result there has been an amendment made to Gatwick Airport's manual clarifying at which point an aircraft is determined to have fully committed to vacating the runway.

The report's conclusion stated: "This investigation indicates that the pressure of meeting the operating targets has had a direct effect on undertaking runway inspections both safely and effectively."

The trailer came loose on the M25 at the Kent-Surrey border
Highways England is warning drivers to make sure trailers are secure before setting off.