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Hello, I'm Sally Taylor, welcome to South Today.

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Full steam ahead for June the 8th - but what does a General Election

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We'll be talking to voters in Reading, in Eastleigh and here in

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the Prime Minister's Maidenhead constituency.

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Will a snap election finally make her an elected Prime Minister?

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# We're going to Wembley, we're going to Wembley #!

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Blue heaven for Brighton and Portsmouth -

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promotion is the reward for the fans who refused to let their teams die.

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And the disappearing act of the coach company

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that's taken bookings but left customers disappointed.

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The news that took Westminster by surprise this morning

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has been rippling out across the South of England.

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We will be voting in a General Election on June the 8th.

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It's a chance for people to vote again on the issue of Brexit,

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which split the South as it split the country.

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And we face seven weeks of campaigning from MPs

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who want to keep their seats in southern constituencies,

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with a big role this time for the MP for Maidenhead, Theresa May.

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BBC South's political editor Peter Henley is in her home village

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Who saw this coming then? Not me! Not the commuters. It's the

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only talking point on the train is coming back to the Thames Valley

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today. This morning, they had no idea we'll going to have several

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weeks of campaigning for a general election. This is going to and Hans

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Theresa May's reputation as a daring risk taker, rather than the dull

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follower of procedure, the planner that people labelled higher at the

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Home Office. No sign of it in Easter over a year over the holiday, she

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came back and helped with they've than in Maidenhead. Even some MPs

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whose jobs are now on the goal line missed the announcement this

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morning. It looks like she took the whole country, as well as the

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locals, by surprise. The news that the PM has

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gone to the country. Despite fixed-term parliaments,

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we'll be voting on June the 8th And in the Prime Minister's

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constituency, I think, after the Brexit thing

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and she went straight into power, I think the people didn't

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have a chance to have their say. Just heard on the news,

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I was absolutely staggered. I can't, that she's called one,

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I can't really see the reason why. I mean, I know there's a lot

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going on and there's the question about Brexit,

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but I was ready quite astounded. The chair of local Conservatives

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here say the decision will give her a much stronger

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position to negotiate I just thought, well,

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it's got to be serious, because Prime Ministers don't make

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announcements from the steps Maidenhead is a safe Conservative

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seat, but other Berkshire MPs said it was worth going to the country

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to strengthen her It's very important to have that

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strong backing in Parliament to make sure that deals can't be turned down

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at the last minute, to make sure the Prime Minister's hand

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isn't forced at any stage She has to be in a strong

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position to make sure we get So is this element of surprise to

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Theresa May's advantage? Labour had been saying for some time

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they're on an election footing. But they haven't selected candidates in

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many seats. Even, as Benjamin name more reports now, in target seats.

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As all parties start to set out their stalls,

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Reading is an area labour might consider ripe for change.

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I just think Labour's in a mess, really.

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It's not going anywhere, unfortunately.

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When they called this Brexit thing, they didn't think

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That backfired on them, so you never know what's

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Things are so far gone now that it's really hard to get back from, innit?

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Labour runs the council here with a 3-1 majority.

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But it has a pressing issue if it wants to take seats

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Currently, neither constituency in Reading,

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That's because the local Labour Party said it wanted to wait

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for the new boundary changes to come into force before

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But that process could take eight weeks, which would take us past

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So they're now seeking advice from the national Labour Party.

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One man who casts a long shadow after 13 years as a Labour MP

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He says the Tories are taking a gamble.

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I detect no appetite out there on the streets of Reading

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or anywhere else in the South for a snap general election.

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We've just come through a very divisive referendum

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This is political opportunism of the worst sort by

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And I think it could come back to bite them.

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As long as the voters here believe Labour won't sell them out.

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Labour have welcomed the election nationally. Lovato at too, you say

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this is a chance to debate Brexit all over again. They say they are

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representing the 48% who voted to remain in the EU. We now report from

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Eastleigh, one of the few areas still to have a Lib Dem council, to

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see how the events are going down. This will be the ninth collection in

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just a few years here. The Conservatives have a majority of

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more than 9000 here, in what was traditionally a safe seat for the

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Lib Dems. As far as the referendum on the actors, it pretty much

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mirrors the national picture, with 52.5% people here voting to lead the

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EU. We have a big debate about whether

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we should be in the single market. That matters per jobs and investment

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in places like Eastleigh which has a strong manufacturing and service

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base. Those issues matter and will play into the campaign, that's why

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we need more global Democrats in Parliament fighting for the case a

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sensible future of this country. Do think it is good that the Lib

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Dems here? Potentially, could do well for them.

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Brexit, I'm not a fan of at all. You won't find any Danish bacon in

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this cafe. The consensus here is as BDO Brexit as possible.

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We've all decided as fast a exit as possible. Hopefully it will go that

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way and not go back at all. The Lib Dems may not have picked a

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candidate to contest the seat yet, Mike Gordon's said he would relish

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the chance to contest it. But they said they have a well oiled body

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machine here, and say they can contest despite the tight timetable.

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Seven weeks of campaigning, plus the local elections in May, are people

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ready for this? The local elections, those are

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important in the shire counties, which is our part of the world,

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particularly. They may be submerged, they may be a useful stroll on how

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opinion is changing. What we will get is clarity as parties and the

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other colours to the mast on Brexit. It can just mean a Brexit. The

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Conservatives will publish a manifesto, as will the other

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parties. It will be interesting to see.

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Onto other news, and Portsmouth and Brighton are in blue heaven

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today after their respective football teams both clinched

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For Brighton, it means elevation to the biggest league in the world,

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and you can see what it meant to their supporters.

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For Portsmouth, promotion may be only the first step back

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to the Premier League, but it was just

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And for both sets of supporters, it's a well-deserved

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reward for refusing to let their respective clubs die.

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Here's our sports editor, Tony Husband.

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Whether it was Sussex by the sea or the Pompey chimes,

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the fans were in good voice on this most magical of Mondays.

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At Brighton, they flocked onto the pitch at 5pm yesterday.

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Promotion was inevitable after their latest win

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But when near rivals Huddersfield only drew two hours later,

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# To the Premier League, we're on the way #!

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It's testament what the players have given and achieved all season.

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And also, at this stage of the season, to put the run together

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that we have, at this stage of the season, is very difficult.

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That's it, we're in the Premier League now, aren't we?

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# We are Premier League, we are Premier League #!

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20 years ago, Brighton stayed in the Football League

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The finance of owner Tony Bloom, the tenacity of their fans,

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Falmer was billed as the future, it's delivered.

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We struggled long and hard, I don't think we ever

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We've lost generations of fans along the way.

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A lot of tears were shed yesterday by supporters who had

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loved ones that hadn't seen the dream become reality.

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Brighton's resurgence is echoed along the coast.

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5000 Portsmouth fans celebrated League 2 promotion at Notts County.

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It means the road back from football oblivion has started for a club

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saved by its fans four years ago and almost bankrupt in 2010.

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What we've got to do eventually is remember that hard road.

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It has been a lot tougher than people thought.

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They thought, just going down to League 2, we'll bounce back up.

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They have learned over four years that football's not quite like that.

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Ironically, Portsmouth fans have a choice again,

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to accept or reject the investment of billionaire ex-Disney CEO

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Michael Eisner, who's offering to buy the club.

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Wherever the club goes now it will only be to the benefit

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It's owned today by the fans and the right people,

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and if they decide to hand it on to Mr Eisner, it will be

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with everyone's best wishes and it will Mr Eisner's job then

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Supporting a football club is a journey.

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Pompey and Albion fans are on the right road for now.

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Well, joining us are Paul Barber, chief executive of Brighton

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and Hove Albion, and the Portsmouth chairman, Iain McInnes.

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We start with you, Paul, how are you feeling? Graduations!

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Thank you very much. We certainly had a great day yesterday. A long

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night and a slightly fuzzy morning! OK, let's hope some clarity in this

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interview! How much regiment is getting to the Premier League for

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Brighton? As the report just said, 20 years

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ago, we needed a draw to stay in the Football League. To find ourselves

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heading to the Premier League next season is a wonderful achievement

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for so many at the club. We're delighted for the city, the staff,

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the players and coaches, and our owner, Tony Bloom, as well as the

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thousands of fans. We're delighted. We're looking ahead, but having got

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to the promised land, can you stay there, that will be the challenge?

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It will be really difficult. We're going to be playing some of the

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biggest and richest clubs in the world. We're going to try our best

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to compete at a different level. It's been a long, hard road to get

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where we have got to and we don't intend to give it up easily. We will

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plan as best we can and compete as best we can exceed them.

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Congratulations to you, thank you for joining us. We go now to the

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Portsmouth chairman. Well done to the whole club, added good is it

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feel to have steered Portsmouth from the brink of extension to promotion?

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Congratulations burst of all to Paul in Brighton. These south coast clubs

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are setting the bar high for a us duces, aren't they? Our fog hasn't

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quite cleared yet, it just seems five minutes ago since I was talking

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to you when we first took over a year, and the aim always was to make

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this club forward. It's been tougher than we thought. The fans are second

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to none. The board and the executive team and everyone involved in this

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football club are immensely out of everything we have achieved. It's

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the first step. Briefly, attention turned to a

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potential takeover by Michael Eisner. How important is it for you

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and the fans to make the right decision?

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Well, it's hugely important. Because the next step is a big one. We could

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have probably gone under the existing ownership model to division

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one and then had to look for outside investment. Michael Eisner is

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well-known personality. We've done what a properly un-run a club should

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do, we have allowed the fans to make the decision, the fans will make

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that decision and the decision will be huge and whoever takes on the

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role, I wish them the best. Good to talk to you, we'll be

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watching carefully. Thank you very much.

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He weather is lovely at the moment will it stay?

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Glorious day today, but will be swimming into summer for the rest of

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the week? A Hampshire swimming club claims

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it's been left high and dry by a coach company that appears

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to have gone into liquidation. Victory Travel in Portchester has

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disappeared after taking bookings and then failing

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to provide transport. These young athletes from

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Havant Waterlooville Swimming Club are destined for a three-day

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intensive swimming session that Just days ago, the coach

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operator, Victory Travel, suddenly disappeared,

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leaving them ?500 out of pocket, and no way of getting

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to Crystal Palace. Then we found out at

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the last minute, no reply. Obviously, this left

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us a bit in the lurch. It's unprofessional,

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and when you've got kids' wishes and dreams and goals here,

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I think they should have stepped up to the plate and been a bit

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more on this. Not having on-course training

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will effect us badly, because it's part of our important

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schedule, because that is the pool we race in,

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and it will impact us massively. After lots of ringing around

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and another coach bill, Pete's Airlink Minibus has stepped

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in as a last-minute replacement Just one of many clients who claim

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they've been left stranded. We've come along to the registered

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address here in Portchester, The firm that shares the building

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says the company has closed down, and that we're not the first people

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to come looking for the director We've made a number of attempts

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to contact Paul Donald, but tonight our calls

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and e-mails remain unanswered. And the company's website

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hasn't been operational Hampshire Trading Standards

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is urging anyone affected to contact the Citizens Advice

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consumer helpline. On to sport now, Tony Husband's

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here. A lot of celebrations across this place today. Portsmouth in

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Brighton both promoted. Both are difficult times recently?

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Definitely, a moment to compare and contrast. I wore blue for the

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occasion, because those are the colours the fans of celebrating

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tonight. Football is so much about cycles. Back in 2003, Portsmouth got

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promoted to the Premier League. Right-on were playing in athletics

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stadium and that time. Look at them the other way round now, it falls

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apart. Right-on had been a Premier League club in all but name for a

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long time. They have had a habit embedded in the community of getting

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things right. Portsmouth, it is now a way back.

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They have both got dedicated fans, great support.

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The critical decision for Portsmouth, to the go for the

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overseas investments? We talk Brighton first, they had been the

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most consistent club in any league in Europe over the last few weeks.

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Their 2-1 victory over Wigan yesterday was their

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Glenn Murray got the opener in front of just under

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Local boy Solly March then found an angle to make it 2-0.

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Wigan got one back, but it proved only a consolation and it didn't

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affect the Albion fans starting their party,

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which went on long into the night and included the news that

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Huddersfield had only drawn, meaning promotion was confirmed.

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We go lives to the Amex now, and a man who described every kick of

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Albion's promotion. What kind of challenge of facing the Premier

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League? And think it's difficult to say in

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the immediate aftermath of the ecstasy of promotion. Certainly, the

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hard work starts now. The Albion have fielded on average the oldest

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side in the championship match this season, and that's what will need

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refreshing. The chairman and owner has invested heavily here at the

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Amex and at the training ground. But this is a new challenge for this

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football club, and survival is certainly tough. Saying that, Bloom,

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by profession, is a gambling man, and it would take a brave person to

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bet against him. They give very much. A great season

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commentary from BBC Sussex, and three games to go. They can win the

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title sooner. So along the coast to

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the celebrations for Portsmouth. They needed to better Luton's result

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at Mansfield and with the Hatters losing, this 3-1 win at Notts County

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guaranteed a spot in League One. After Gareth Evans' penalty had been

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cancelled out by Jorge Grant, Jamal Lowe, who was playing

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in the nonleague at the turn of the year, came of the bench

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to score twice to seal 5000 Pompey fans were there to see

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what they hope will be just Live now to BBC Radio Solent's Andy

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Moon, the voice of Pompey What challenge awaits in League 1?

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No question League 1 will be a step up Pompeii, but not one that will be

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beyond them, given what they have achieved this season. Looking at the

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squad, most played in the third tier already, if not higher. While

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players out of contract, many of them will be retained going forward.

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The challenge for Pompey this season has been breaking down opponents who

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played very defensively against them. That will change when they

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make the step up, and a different style may suit them. The last time

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Paul Cooke was promoted from League 2 with Chesterfield, in his first

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season they made the play-offs. That may be asking a lot of Pompeii, but

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I expect them to be a top hat team next season.

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Fratton Park was the scene are quite a party last night, regular much

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indeed. The promotion drama

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is far from over. Reading picked up six points

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from Easter weekend, including this 2-1 win over

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relegated Rotherham yesterday, The play-offs seem a certainty

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for Jaap Stam's side, but it's not inconceivable they

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could catch Newcastle. Lewis Grabban scored as they came

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from 1-0 down to seal That was John Swift to make it 2-1.

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And don't forget, Aldershot up to fifth in the National League as

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well, there could be successful at them. I can't ever remember the

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football being quite this good on South Today. Three Premier League

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teams make season, amazing! Ulick happy.

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I'm please. Legs get the weather.

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It is lovely, it's about chilly across the coast. It will feel

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warmer. Steve Miller photographed the

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sunrise in the Meon Valley today. Martin Perry took this picture

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of the blue skies at Colwell Bay And Terry Martin captured the sunny

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spells at Fobney Lock near Reading. Some glorious sunshine today. Some

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sunny spells this week, but the weather for the week ahead will be

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dry. Through April, it has been a fairly dry already. Just tomm in

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many places. Many the rain because of the dry weather. Bright and sunny

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spells are possible overnight and through the course of the week.

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Overnight, we're looking at dry nights. Tonight, we could expect

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loads of minus four Celsius. Generally, five Celsius the lower in

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urban areas. A frosty start in many areas, but the surgeon what an hazy

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with high and medium level cloud arriving through the afternoon.

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Temperatures up to around 12 Celsius. In chartered spots, a high

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of 14 Celsius. The winds will be fairly light. Site, the cloud will

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increase. It won't be as chilly as tonight. The odd bit of frost down

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to the southeast. Temperatures falling to around six Celsius.

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Thursday a cloudy day. Through the day we may see light showers. Most

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places will stay dry, with sunny spells at times. Temperatures very

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similar to tomorrow, highs of 13 Celsius. It wants up slightly

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through the course of Friday, high pressure not far away. Through the

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course of Friday, we see a cold front moving southwards. That will

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produce showers and increasing cloud. The air behind the cold front

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coming straight from the North. Friday feeling cooler, especially in

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the evening, and the weekend as well. The weekend will be similar to

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this weekend, in north in 3rd northwesterly breeze, sunny spells

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and possibly cross. Be with us tomorrow if you can,

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because we have an exclusive report on how overcrowding in prisons is

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causing staff to fear for their safety.

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I was knocked out about a year ago by a prisoner in a spice attack.

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Head-butted me from nowhere, knocked me out. I have been spat at,

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verbally abused. You have that every single day, there is a dead AI goes

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through my job I don't get verbally abused.

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And very candid interview with a prison officer. We'll about tomorrow

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night. It's editor of this evening, the late news this evening slightly

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later at 10:50pm, that is part of an extended ten o'clock news. Bye-bye.

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# You shouldn't have to sell your soul

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