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In tonight's South East Today: We'll have more reaction from passengers

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here to the news that the Southern rail strike just became

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We'll report live from Crowborough Station tonight.

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The mother killed by cervical cancer, the age for a test is over

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25, she wasn't offered one because she was 24.

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After a full day started was a bright afternoon, the fog is back

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tomorrow. It's been a day of high drama

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and bitter disappointment for rail passengers,

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as it became clear that the Southern Rail dispute appears

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further than ever tonight Just before half past one this

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afternoon, it was announced that members of the drivers union,

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Aslef, had astonished their leadership by rejecting a deal

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that many thought would bring It means that strikes by the RMT

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union, which have been going on since last April,

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are now likely to continue. Aslef, the second union involved,

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joined the industrial action in December, bringing many services

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to a standstill altogether. Two weeks ago, many passengers hoped

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Aslef would bow out, after their leadership

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announced their deal, but today, their membership

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narrowly rejected that deal. Nafisa Sayani has been

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following today's developments. After ten months of dispute, 28 days

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of strikes, 13 days of talks and 14 days of hope that it might be near

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an end tonight the deadlock is more stark than ever. The reaction from

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commuters in Brighton. It has been like this for almost one year,

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really bad strikes in industrial action and it is unbelievable how

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there is still in dispute and no resolution. And disappointed because

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I pay a lot of money to travel to brighten every day and I think the

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service yet it is ridiculous I have to say. I think it is, what is the

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point of going on strike unless you hold out for a what your true

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beliefs are and principles? The result was a stunning blow for the

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leaders of Aslef, whose members nearly always accept the

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recommendations. But this time although it was close. Version 4.1

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membership -- 54.1% of the membership through the deal out.

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Just over 700 members voted, nearly three quarters of the membership. It

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was a vote of loyalty, for the drivers union to the conductor 's

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union. Aslef the train drivers obviously share the concerns of our

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members, the deal on offer did not guarantee a second safety critical

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person or every trading and it was not acceptable. Neither Southern nor

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Aslef's leaders were getting interviews, local MPs wear. Unions

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must understand the full impact they are having on the people they serve,

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the people I represent. Industrial action is not the way to settle the

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point at issue. What is at stake is passenger safety and I am persuaded

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that when you have long 12 carriage trains and have them increasingly

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going through stations that are not staffed though if there is a

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accident god forbid that having a second safety critical person on the

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train helps save lives and that is the bottom line. In a statement

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Southern Rail said they were hugely disappointed by the news. Conductors

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have been given hearts, passengers remain caught in the middle.

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Well this is shaping up to be one of the most damaging industrial

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It's been estimated that existing problems with Southern Rail,

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along with the industrial action, has cost the UK economy.

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That amounts to ?11 million per day of strike action.

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With estimates that more than three hundred thousand South East

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commuters have been affected by the on going problems.

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This was the reaction of one group today that represents passengers.

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Passengers have the with terrible performance, inconvenience to their

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lives for months. This look like a resolution had been found buried now

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look local a quote the year so it is extremely important that all parties

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get back on the table and ensure that a quick resolution is found.

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Let's go to Crowborough now for some final thoughts on this

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from the railway station there, Brihony, angry passengers,

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angry drivers and conductors, where do we go from here?

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All interested parties have been issuing statements and once you

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start reading them you realise that they don't add very much at all,

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southern see the watch to meet Aslef at get back around the table and

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agree a way forward and also that they want to understand the issues

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that led to the outcome. The RMT said that it wants to get back

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around the table but it's strike is still going ahead next Wednesday.

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The government which usually stays quite quiet during this ongoing

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debate says it wants the unions to work with the members an idyllic and

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back. It seems to be the same phrases and arguments and

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incomprehension from both sides, and the passengers at the station and

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many more that have affected it is the same sense of despair.

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Well you've been reacting to this story on email

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Alan has been in touch and said the commuters especially in the region

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should sue the unions to cover the losses, job losses and the damaged

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home life. Brian says I support the drivers, it

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does not matter what the second person is called the cutting staff

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overtime. And the final from France's says how

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can Chris Grayling the Secretary of State for Transport remain in post

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when he does nothing. There will be more reaction on BBC

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Sussex and Surrey radio. A lorry driver has admitted causing

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the death of a pensioner Barbara Phipps, who was

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seventy-three, died after being knocked off her bicycle

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on the A2 London Road William Magee, who's

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from Chelmsford, has pleaded guilty to causing death

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by careless driving. He's due to be

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sentenced next month. This programme has learned that

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a board level meeting was held two weeks ago

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at the South East Coast Ambulance Service,

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at which an action plan to tackle harassment and bullying

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at the troubled Ambulance The revelation comes

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after allegations were made of bullying against call centre

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staff at the South East Coast Ambulance Trust's centre

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in Coxheath, near Maidstone. The family of a kayaker found dead

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after going missing at sea say they will be "forever

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grateful" to the people Dominic Jackson, who

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grew up in Uckfield, disappeared two weeks ago off

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the Scottish coast. His family have set up a charity

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in his name to promote sea safety. They're raising awareness

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about Personal Locator Beacons, which they believe could have saved

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Dominic's life. The family of a young mother of four

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from Gravesend who died of cervical cancer -

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is calling for the screening Sadie Blackston, who was from

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Gravesend, had been to her GP several times complaining of pain

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and bleeding, but her family says she was never offered a smear test,

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because they are only routinely offered after the age of 25,

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and she was twenty four. She was only diagnosed

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after she collapsed. Her family spoke to our

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reporter, Simon Jones. Just a year after being diagnosed

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with cancer, Sadie Blackston It has really heartbroken me,

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I was there for it all I can't even tell you the pain,

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every day I wake up through the days and when I go to sleep,

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just, she has taken a massive Currently, women aged

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between 25 and 64 are offered regular cervical screening,

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the cancer affects more than 3000 women per year,

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among them 65 people under 25. Sadie's family believed that had

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she been offered the test at a younger age the cancer

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could have been prevented. I think it should be offered,

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because of the age she was at, it is not just her losing her life

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it is also her four children because they have no mum now

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So the age should be lowered from 25 But the UK national screening

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committee has concluded testing under the age of 25 can do more harm

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than good, it can cause too many false positive results leading

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to unnecessary treatment. As a charity we are guided by Best

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practice, we are guided by research and evidence as the current evidence

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shows that in countries where screening is offered

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at younger ages there is not much difference in terms of outcomes

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of patients saw in the UK we are guided by the evidence

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and the evidence says that screening But Sadie's family say that

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in her memory the fight goes on. That's it from your news team here.

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We had the national weather forecast in the moment but he lives Rachel.

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It is a mistake for the start of the day and by the afternoon almost

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clear blue skies. Overnight tonight we have a weakening weather front so

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it would be wall-to-wall rain but certainly patchy drizzle around for

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a time. Where we see clear skies with lighter winds there will be

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some mist and fog, again very mild. Look at the overnight temperatures

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of seven or 8 degrees. Normally we expect these kind of packages during

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the afternoon, very mild nurseries that the day tomorrow and a

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nationally -- initially it will be down. The high pressure will build

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and be dry with probably a bit more cloud cover around and we had today.

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By the afternoon temperatures Whiteley will be in double figures,

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reaching heights of around 11 or 12 degrees, again with light south

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westerly breezes. Friday entered Saturday stays dry and again very

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mild, overnight temperatures of five or 6 degrees. Use

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forthcoming weekend. Here is Nick Miller with a resume of the National

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weather picture. Hello, rain for some of us today

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although it won't make much of a dent in the dry winter so far across

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much of the

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