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The six-day strike by Southern Rail train drivers

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scheduled for next week is cut to three days,

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Our reporter is live this lunchtime in Crawley.

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Calls by a Kent MP to increase the budget for UK Border Force

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by ?250 million to tackle illegal immigration.

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of a Kent woman who died during birth continues.

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She lost two litres of blood after the Caesarean section.

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A six-day strike by drivers on Southern Railway next week

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However, the ASLEF union says more strike action's likely

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to be scheduled in the bitter dispute over driver-only trains.

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Members of Aslef were due to walk out from Monday,

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halting services for the entire week.

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The strike will now be held over three days -

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Also this morning, the ASLEF union has announced three new strike days

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Southern says the Union's actions are "a cynical ploy" to minimise

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the impact on drivers' pay and maximises misery for commuters.

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Sara Smith is at Crawley station this lunchtime.

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Why has the union changed these strike dates?

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ASLEF told us this morning they were taking a longer term view of the

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dispute, that is why they had done it. They say their train company is

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posturing rather than negotiating over the driver only trains. The

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company said that the drivers had shown pure contempt for the public.

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This is as bitter as it ever was. The commuters are not delighted

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there will only be three days because there are further three days

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at the end of the month. That is on Tuesday the 24th, the Wednesday and

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Friday of that week. being made for passengers

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this time, isn't there? Because this is a driver strike

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rather than a conductor strike, there will be no services at all.

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Southern has decided to run 200 buses. They will be coming from a

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brightly of stations, not Crawley, but they will not have as much

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capacity, so there will be limited space.

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A Kent MP is calling on the Government

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to increase the UK Border Force budget by ?250 million

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to crack down on illegal immigration.

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Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke says the money would be used

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to tackle "lorry drops" - where migrants pay to be

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smuggled into the country in the back of trucks -

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and migrants landing undetected on our beaches.

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His report cites an investigation where drug drivers were offering a

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service to get people into this country in the back of lorries for

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several thousand pounds. The Government's terror

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tsar is making a point that our border security

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needs to be stronger. What this report sets out is how

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we can invest ?250 million more in our borders,

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paid for by people visiting the UK, to make sure we can invest

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in our border security and make our borders

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safe and secure. Our political editor, Helen Catt,

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is live in Walmer this lunchtime. How exactly is he proposing this

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money gets raised? He wants to use Brexit is a money

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spinner. The idea is that once the UK has left the EU, we would

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introduce a Visa waiver programme like in the US. EU citizens, rather

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than applying for a full beta, they pay for a waiver, about ?10, average

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to their details before they come here. That would build a database

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with a wealth of information and on who is coming here. That would stop

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overstaying their visas and it would pay for the system and allow for the

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system to be beefed up along the border.

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And, Helen, fears have been raised too around a possible security risk

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around small boats smuggling people across the Channel?

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Of course, we know it has been happening. Here in the autumn, three

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suspected migrants were picked up from a dinghy off the coast. An

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adviser to the Government on terror law has said he is worried about the

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security implications of that, that it could be used by fighters

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returning from Syria to land undetected and British beaches and

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therefore gain entry to the country. The Home Office, in responding to

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this report, has said that it will provide extra officers and

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state-of-the-art technology. An inquest into the death of a woman

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who suffered a fatal haemorrhage after giving birth at a Kent

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hospital continues today. 30-year-old Frances Cappuccini died

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at Tunbridge Wells hospital in 2012. Yesterday, her husband told

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the inquest how his wife - pleaded with doctors

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to save her life. Well, our reporter, Charlie Rose,

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has been in court this morning. We've heard from some of the medical

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staff who were in theatre, Yes, at the inquest here this

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morning, we heard from a number of medical professionals involved in

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the care of Frances Cappuccini at the hospital. Among the most

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significant of the evidence we heard was that from the registrar Doctor

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Gray. She was called into the theatre with the emergency buzzer

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was pressed during Frances Cappuccini's Caesarean section,

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there was a gush of blood and she had to try and stop it. The court

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heard how she managed to do that but there were further complications and

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Frances Cappuccini was rushed back into theatre again. Doctor Gray said

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that during the examination, she told the hearing she found a piece

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of placenta inside Frances Cappuccini at once that had been

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removed, that four centimetres of placenta, the bleeding stopped. I

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understand from what we have heard, there were further complications?

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There were complications with Frances Cappuccini's breathing, the

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hearing was told. Also Doctor Gray says that the blood acid levels were

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alarmingly high and CO2 retention levels were also high. Frances

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Cappuccini went on to have a cardiac arrest. This hearing continues this

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afternoon and the inquest is due to last around another nine days. Thank

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you. Well, most of us should see some

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sunshine over the next few hours, although we are holding

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on to a lot of cloud in places. There was some blue sky

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this morning, though. This was captured in Seaford

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in East Sussex by Popsie's Paradise,

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one of our weather watchers. You can see here the cloud

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is really trying to steal away, as well as the outbreaks of rain,

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but the further west you are, the later you are likely to see

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any blue sky. Temperatures up to seven

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or eight degrees Celsius. Now, under clear skies tonight,

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a very cold night ahead of us. In fact, we're expecting

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a widespread frost, fog and even freezing fog,

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with temperature dipping down Now, tomorrow morning,

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do expect to take a little longer, particularly if you have

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to scrape your windscreen So we are looking

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at a really beautiful day, Lots of winter sunshine,

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but highs of four or five Celsius. So as you are wrapped

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up warm enough, it could be a very pleasant day,

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followed by a milder weekend. Exasperated commuters,

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unhealthily packed trains and companies forced

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out of business - has meant misery for hundreds

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of thousands of people, and BBC South East is hosting

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a special Question Time-style debate about the ongoing

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crisis on our railways. This is not a dispute with the

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public, this is a dispute with the Government and with this company. It

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is a disgrace really. But it has gone on as long as it has. I tried

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to empathise with why they are striking. You pay too much for

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delays, cancellations and disruption. You deserve better

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service. I don't think the Prime Minister has any idea of the level

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of suffering and pain the rail passengers and businesses are

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suffering. There is only one body responsible for the current strike,

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this is a strike from the trade unions.

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