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Caroline Lucas: 'Britain is better than this'

Carolie Lucas

In the excitement of the news conference, you may have forgotten the rally that's happening nearby on Whitehall.

But Green Party MP Caroline Lucas would not let the Foreign Office gathering rain on her parade.

Addressing the crowd at the protest, Ms Lucas said of Mr Trump: "This is a man who is not worthy of our respect, he is not worthy of the office of president and we say go home."

"We stand in solidarity with all of those that recognise that our future is green or it is not at all," she added.

She said Mr Trump was "best friends with Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson", prompting boos from the crowd.

Ms Lucas also said the president was "no friend of Britain", adding: "We know that Britain is better than the Britain that has been pimping out the royal family for photo opportunities for Trump."

MPs call for taskforce to tackle city’s rising violent crime

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Brighton and Hove MPs have written to the Home Secretary to urge him to set up a task force on the rise in violent crime in the city.

The letter to Sajid Javid was written by the Labour MP for Hove and Portslade, Peter Kyle, with the support of the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, and Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown.

Recorded violent crime in Brighton and Hove has risen by 108% since 2011, with more than 5,739 incidents of violence recorded in the first quarter of 2019.

The number of recorded sexual offences and incidents of domestic violence have also increased.

General view of Brighton
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The letter raises "very serious concerns" about this "national emergency playing out on the streets of our constituencies".

The MPs write: "Nothing can be more serious than the security of our constituents and the safety of our streets and communities, and we are urging you to set up a task force on violent crime for Brighton and Hove, as part of a comprehensive strategy both to prevent these crimes from happening and tackle their root causes.”

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Stations skipped by trains thousands of times

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Train services on the Brighton mainline have skipped Sussex and Surrey stations more than 3,000 times since May, an MP has discovered.

Following a Freedom of Information request from Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavillion, Network Rail revealed trains failed to stop at Redhill as scheduled 330 times between May and the end of October.

Merstham and Burgess Hill passengers were unable to alight or board schedule services more than 300 times in the same period the figures show.

A spokesman for Govia Thameslink which runs services on the Brighton mainline to London said: "Skipping a stop is something we only ever do as a last resort in times of severe disruption, to minimise the total number of passengers delayed across our network when a train running late would otherwise hold up other trains and prolong the disruption.”

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Brexit: How will the South East's MPs vote?

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

The House of Commons will vote on Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement on 11 December, but how will some of our MPs in the South East vote?

Fifteen MPs have suggested they will vote against it:

Damian Collins (Folkestone & Hythe)

Craig Mackinlay (South Thanet)

Maria Caulfield (Lewes)

Rehman Chishti (Gillingham & Rainham)

Henry Smith (Crawley)

Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne & Sheppey)

Crispin Blunt (Reigate)

Adam Holloway (Gravesham)

Tracey Crouch (Chatham & Aylesford)

Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham)

Charlie Elphicke (Dover)

Peter Kyle (Hove)

Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton Kemptown)

Rosie Duffield (Canterbury)

Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion)

Ten MPs have said they will vote for it:

Sir Roger Gale (North Thanet)

Amber Rudd (Hastings & Rye)

Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells)

Huw Merriman (Bexhill & Battle)

Helen Whately (Faversham & Mid Kent)

Damian Green (Ashford)

Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester & Strood)

Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex)

Helen Grant (Maidstone & The Weald)

Stephen Lloyd (Liberal Democrat/Eastbourne)

Five MPs have not yet made their position clear:

Nusrat Ghani (Wealden)

Sam Gyimah (East Surrey)

Gareth Johnson (Dartford)

Sir Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks)

Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge & Malling)