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The six-day strike by Southern Rail train drivers
scheduled for next week is cut to three days,
Our reporter is live this lunchtime in Crawley.
Calls by a Kent MP to increase the budget for UK Border Force
by ?250 million to tackle illegal immigration.
of a Kent woman who died during birth continues.
She lost two litres of blood after the Caesarean section.
A six-day strike by drivers on Southern Railway next week
However, the ASLEF union says more strike action's likely
to be scheduled in the bitter dispute over driver-only trains.
Members of Aslef were due to walk out from Monday,
halting services for the entire week.
The strike will now be held over three days -
Also this morning, the ASLEF union has announced three new strike days
Southern says the Union's actions are "a cynical ploy" to minimise
the impact on drivers' pay and maximises misery for commuters.
Sara Smith is at Crawley station this lunchtime.
Why has the union changed these strike dates?
ASLEF told us this morning they were taking a longer term view of the
dispute, that is why they had done it. They say their train company is
posturing rather than negotiating over the driver only trains. The
company said that the drivers had shown pure contempt for the public.
This is as bitter as it ever was. The commuters are not delighted
there will only be three days because there are further three days
at the end of the month. That is on Tuesday the 24th, the Wednesday and
Friday of that week. being made for passengers
this time, isn't there? Because this is a driver strike
rather than a conductor strike, there will be no services at all.
Southern has decided to run 200 buses. They will be coming from a
brightly of stations, not Crawley, but they will not have as much
capacity, so there will be limited space.
A Kent MP is calling on the Government
to increase the UK Border Force budget by ?250 million
to crack down on illegal immigration.
Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke says the money would be used
to tackle "lorry drops" - where migrants pay to be
smuggled into the country in the back of trucks -
and migrants landing undetected on our beaches.
His report cites an investigation where drug drivers were offering a
service to get people into this country in the back of lorries for
several thousand pounds. The Government's terror
tsar is making a point that our border security
needs to be stronger. What this report sets out is how
we can invest ?250 million more in our borders,
paid for by people visiting the UK, to make sure we can invest
in our border security and make our borders
safe and secure. Our political editor, Helen Catt,
is live in Walmer this lunchtime. How exactly is he proposing this
money gets raised? He wants to use Brexit is a money
spinner. The idea is that once the UK has left the EU, we would
introduce a Visa waiver programme like in the US. EU citizens, rather
than applying for a full beta, they pay for a waiver, about ?10, average
to their details before they come here. That would build a database
with a wealth of information and on who is coming here. That would stop
overstaying their visas and it would pay for the system and allow for the
system to be beefed up along the border.
And, Helen, fears have been raised too around a possible security risk
around small boats smuggling people across the Channel?
Of course, we know it has been happening. Here in the autumn, three
suspected migrants were picked up from a dinghy off the coast. An
adviser to the Government on terror law has said he is worried about the
security implications of that, that it could be used by fighters
returning from Syria to land undetected and British beaches and
therefore gain entry to the country. The Home Office, in responding to
this report, has said that it will provide extra officers and
state-of-the-art technology. An inquest into the death of a woman
who suffered a fatal haemorrhage after giving birth at a Kent
hospital continues today. 30-year-old Frances Cappuccini died
at Tunbridge Wells hospital in 2012. Yesterday, her husband told
the inquest how his wife - pleaded with doctors
to save her life. Well, our reporter, Charlie Rose,
has been in court this morning. We've heard from some of the medical
staff who were in theatre, Yes, at the inquest here this
morning, we heard from a number of medical professionals involved in
the care of Frances Cappuccini at the hospital. Among the most
significant of the evidence we heard was that from the registrar Doctor
Gray. She was called into the theatre with the emergency buzzer
was pressed during Frances Cappuccini's Caesarean section,
there was a gush of blood and she had to try and stop it. The court
heard how she managed to do that but there were further complications and
Frances Cappuccini was rushed back into theatre again. Doctor Gray said
that during the examination, she told the hearing she found a piece
of placenta inside Frances Cappuccini at once that had been
removed, that four centimetres of placenta, the bleeding stopped. I
understand from what we have heard, there were further complications?
There were complications with Frances Cappuccini's breathing, the
hearing was told. Also Doctor Gray says that the blood acid levels were
alarmingly high and CO2 retention levels were also high. Frances
Cappuccini went on to have a cardiac arrest. This hearing continues this
afternoon and the inquest is due to last around another nine days. Thank
you. Well, most of us should see some
sunshine over the next few hours, although we are holding
on to a lot of cloud in places. There was some blue sky
this morning, though. This was captured in Seaford
in East Sussex by Popsie's Paradise,
one of our weather watchers. You can see here the cloud
is really trying to steal away, as well as the outbreaks of rain,
but the further west you are, the later you are likely to see
any blue sky. Temperatures up to seven
or eight degrees Celsius. Now, under clear skies tonight,
a very cold night ahead of us. In fact, we're expecting
a widespread frost, fog and even freezing fog,
with temperature dipping down Now, tomorrow morning,
do expect to take a little longer, particularly if you have
to scrape your windscreen So we are looking
at a really beautiful day, Lots of winter sunshine,
but highs of four or five Celsius. So as you are wrapped
up warm enough, it could be a very pleasant day,
followed by a milder weekend. Exasperated commuters,
unhealthily packed trains and companies forced
out of business - has meant misery for hundreds
of thousands of people, and BBC South East is hosting
a special Question Time-style debate about the ongoing
crisis on our railways. This is not a dispute with the
public, this is a dispute with the Government and with this company. It
is a disgrace really. But it has gone on as long as it has. I tried
to empathise with why they are striking. You pay too much for
delays, cancellations and disruption. You deserve better
service. I don't think the Prime Minister has any idea of the level
of suffering and pain the rail passengers and businesses are
suffering. There is only one body responsible for the current strike,
this is a strike from the trade unions.
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