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Hello, I'm Sally Taylor, welcome to South Today.
Full steam ahead for June the 8th - but what does a General Election
We'll be talking to voters in Reading, in Eastleigh and here in
the Prime Minister's Maidenhead constituency.
Will a snap election finally make her an elected Prime Minister?
# We're going to Wembley, we're going to Wembley #!
Blue heaven for Brighton and Portsmouth -
promotion is the reward for the fans who refused to let their teams die.
And the disappearing act of the coach company
that's taken bookings but left customers disappointed.
The news that took Westminster by surprise this morning
has been rippling out across the South of England.
We will be voting in a General Election on June the 8th.
It's a chance for people to vote again on the issue of Brexit,
which split the South as it split the country.
And we face seven weeks of campaigning from MPs
who want to keep their seats in southern constituencies,
with a big role this time for the MP for Maidenhead, Theresa May.
BBC South's political editor Peter Henley is in her home village
Who saw this coming then? Not me! Not the commuters. It's the
only talking point on the train is coming back to the Thames Valley
today. This morning, they had no idea we'll going to have several
weeks of campaigning for a general election. This is going to and Hans
Theresa May's reputation as a daring risk taker, rather than the dull
follower of procedure, the planner that people labelled higher at the
Home Office. No sign of it in Easter over a year over the holiday, she
came back and helped with they've than in Maidenhead. Even some MPs
whose jobs are now on the goal line missed the announcement this
morning. It looks like she took the whole country, as well as the
locals, by surprise. The news that the PM has
gone to the country. Despite fixed-term parliaments,
we'll be voting on June the 8th And in the Prime Minister's
constituency, I think, after the Brexit thing
and she went straight into power, I think the people didn't
have a chance to have their say. Just heard on the news,
I was absolutely staggered. I can't, that she's called one,
I can't really see the reason why. I mean, I know there's a lot
going on and there's the question about Brexit,
but I was ready quite astounded. The chair of local Conservatives
here say the decision will give her a much stronger
position to negotiate I just thought, well,
it's got to be serious, because Prime Ministers don't make
announcements from the steps Maidenhead is a safe Conservative
seat, but other Berkshire MPs said it was worth going to the country
to strengthen her It's very important to have that
strong backing in Parliament to make sure that deals can't be turned down
at the last minute, to make sure the Prime Minister's hand
isn't forced at any stage She has to be in a strong
position to make sure we get So is this element of surprise to
Theresa May's advantage? Labour had been saying for some time
they're on an election footing. But they haven't selected candidates in
many seats. Even, as Benjamin name more reports now, in target seats.
As all parties start to set out their stalls,
Reading is an area labour might consider ripe for change.
I just think Labour's in a mess, really.
It's not going anywhere, unfortunately.
When they called this Brexit thing, they didn't think
That backfired on them, so you never know what's
Things are so far gone now that it's really hard to get back from, innit?
Labour runs the council here with a 3-1 majority.
But it has a pressing issue if it wants to take seats
Currently, neither constituency in Reading,
That's because the local Labour Party said it wanted to wait
for the new boundary changes to come into force before
But that process could take eight weeks, which would take us past
So they're now seeking advice from the national Labour Party.
One man who casts a long shadow after 13 years as a Labour MP
He says the Tories are taking a gamble.
I detect no appetite out there on the streets of Reading
or anywhere else in the South for a snap general election.
We've just come through a very divisive referendum
This is political opportunism of the worst sort by
And I think it could come back to bite them.
As long as the voters here believe Labour won't sell them out.
Labour have welcomed the election nationally. Lovato at too, you say
this is a chance to debate Brexit all over again. They say they are
representing the 48% who voted to remain in the EU. We now report from
Eastleigh, one of the few areas still to have a Lib Dem council, to
see how the events are going down. This will be the ninth collection in
just a few years here. The Conservatives have a majority of
more than 9000 here, in what was traditionally a safe seat for the
Lib Dems. As far as the referendum on the actors, it pretty much
mirrors the national picture, with 52.5% people here voting to lead the
EU. We have a big debate about whether
we should be in the single market. That matters per jobs and investment
in places like Eastleigh which has a strong manufacturing and service
base. Those issues matter and will play into the campaign, that's why
we need more global Democrats in Parliament fighting for the case a
sensible future of this country. Do think it is good that the Lib
Dems here? Potentially, could do well for them.
Brexit, I'm not a fan of at all. You won't find any Danish bacon in
this cafe. The consensus here is as BDO Brexit as possible.
We've all decided as fast a exit as possible. Hopefully it will go that
way and not go back at all. The Lib Dems may not have picked a
candidate to contest the seat yet, Mike Gordon's said he would relish
the chance to contest it. But they said they have a well oiled body
machine here, and say they can contest despite the tight timetable.
Seven weeks of campaigning, plus the local elections in May, are people
ready for this? The local elections, those are
important in the shire counties, which is our part of the world,
particularly. They may be submerged, they may be a useful stroll on how
opinion is changing. What we will get is clarity as parties and the
other colours to the mast on Brexit. It can just mean a Brexit. The
Conservatives will publish a manifesto, as will the other
parties. It will be interesting to see.
Onto other news, and Portsmouth and Brighton are in blue heaven
today after their respective football teams both clinched
For Brighton, it means elevation to the biggest league in the world,
and you can see what it meant to their supporters.
For Portsmouth, promotion may be only the first step back
to the Premier League, but it was just
And for both sets of supporters, it's a well-deserved
reward for refusing to let their respective clubs die.
Here's our sports editor, Tony Husband.
Whether it was Sussex by the sea or the Pompey chimes,
the fans were in good voice on this most magical of Mondays.
At Brighton, they flocked onto the pitch at 5pm yesterday.
Promotion was inevitable after their latest win
But when near rivals Huddersfield only drew two hours later,
# To the Premier League, we're on the way #!
It's testament what the players have given and achieved all season.
And also, at this stage of the season, to put the run together
that we have, at this stage of the season, is very difficult.
That's it, we're in the Premier League now, aren't we?
# We are Premier League, we are Premier League #!
20 years ago, Brighton stayed in the Football League
The finance of owner Tony Bloom, the tenacity of their fans,
Falmer was billed as the future, it's delivered.
We struggled long and hard, I don't think we ever
We've lost generations of fans along the way.
A lot of tears were shed yesterday by supporters who had
loved ones that hadn't seen the dream become reality.
Brighton's resurgence is echoed along the coast.
5000 Portsmouth fans celebrated League 2 promotion at Notts County.
It means the road back from football oblivion has started for a club
saved by its fans four years ago and almost bankrupt in 2010.
What we've got to do eventually is remember that hard road.
It has been a lot tougher than people thought.
They thought, just going down to League 2, we'll bounce back up.
They have learned over four years that football's not quite like that.
Ironically, Portsmouth fans have a choice again,
to accept or reject the investment of billionaire ex-Disney CEO
Michael Eisner, who's offering to buy the club.
Wherever the club goes now it will only be to the benefit
It's owned today by the fans and the right people,
and if they decide to hand it on to Mr Eisner, it will be
with everyone's best wishes and it will Mr Eisner's job then
Supporting a football club is a journey.
Pompey and Albion fans are on the right road for now.
Well, joining us are Paul Barber, chief executive of Brighton
and Hove Albion, and the Portsmouth chairman, Iain McInnes.
We start with you, Paul, how are you feeling? Graduations!
Thank you very much. We certainly had a great day yesterday. A long
night and a slightly fuzzy morning! OK, let's hope some clarity in this
interview! How much regiment is getting to the Premier League for
Brighton? As the report just said, 20 years
ago, we needed a draw to stay in the Football League. To find ourselves
heading to the Premier League next season is a wonderful achievement
for so many at the club. We're delighted for the city, the staff,
the players and coaches, and our owner, Tony Bloom, as well as the
thousands of fans. We're delighted. We're looking ahead, but having got
to the promised land, can you stay there, that will be the challenge?
It will be really difficult. We're going to be playing some of the
biggest and richest clubs in the world. We're going to try our best
to compete at a different level. It's been a long, hard road to get
where we have got to and we don't intend to give it up easily. We will
plan as best we can and compete as best we can exceed them.
Congratulations to you, thank you for joining us. We go now to the
Portsmouth chairman. Well done to the whole club, added good is it
feel to have steered Portsmouth from the brink of extension to promotion?
Congratulations burst of all to Paul in Brighton. These south coast clubs
are setting the bar high for a us duces, aren't they? Our fog hasn't
quite cleared yet, it just seems five minutes ago since I was talking
to you when we first took over a year, and the aim always was to make
this club forward. It's been tougher than we thought. The fans are second
to none. The board and the executive team and everyone involved in this
football club are immensely out of everything we have achieved. It's
the first step. Briefly, attention turned to a
potential takeover by Michael Eisner. How important is it for you
and the fans to make the right decision?
Well, it's hugely important. Because the next step is a big one. We could
have probably gone under the existing ownership model to division
one and then had to look for outside investment. Michael Eisner is
well-known personality. We've done what a properly un-run a club should
do, we have allowed the fans to make the decision, the fans will make
that decision and the decision will be huge and whoever takes on the
role, I wish them the best. Good to talk to you, we'll be
watching carefully. Thank you very much.
He weather is lovely at the moment will it stay?
Glorious day today, but will be swimming into summer for the rest of
the week? A Hampshire swimming club claims
it's been left high and dry by a coach company that appears
to have gone into liquidation. Victory Travel in Portchester has
disappeared after taking bookings and then failing
to provide transport. These young athletes from
Havant Waterlooville Swimming Club are destined for a three-day
intensive swimming session that Just days ago, the coach
operator, Victory Travel, suddenly disappeared,
leaving them ?500 out of pocket, and no way of getting
to Crystal Palace. Then we found out at
the last minute, no reply. Obviously, this left
us a bit in the lurch. It's unprofessional,
and when you've got kids' wishes and dreams and goals here,
I think they should have stepped up to the plate and been a bit
more on this. Not having on-course training
will effect us badly, because it's part of our important
schedule, because that is the pool we race in,
and it will impact us massively. After lots of ringing around
and another coach bill, Pete's Airlink Minibus has stepped
in as a last-minute replacement Just one of many clients who claim
they've been left stranded. We've come along to the registered
address here in Portchester, The firm that shares the building
says the company has closed down, and that we're not the first people
to come looking for the director We've made a number of attempts
to contact Paul Donald, but tonight our calls
and e-mails remain unanswered. And the company's website
hasn't been operational Hampshire Trading Standards
is urging anyone affected to contact the Citizens Advice
consumer helpline. On to sport now, Tony Husband's
here. A lot of celebrations across this place today. Portsmouth in
Brighton both promoted. Both are difficult times recently?
Definitely, a moment to compare and contrast. I wore blue for the
occasion, because those are the colours the fans of celebrating
tonight. Football is so much about cycles. Back in 2003, Portsmouth got
promoted to the Premier League. Right-on were playing in athletics
stadium and that time. Look at them the other way round now, it falls
apart. Right-on had been a Premier League club in all but name for a
long time. They have had a habit embedded in the community of getting
things right. Portsmouth, it is now a way back.
They have both got dedicated fans, great support.
The critical decision for Portsmouth, to the go for the
overseas investments? We talk Brighton first, they had been the
most consistent club in any league in Europe over the last few weeks.
Their 2-1 victory over Wigan yesterday was their
Glenn Murray got the opener in front of just under
Local boy Solly March then found an angle to make it 2-0.
Wigan got one back, but it proved only a consolation and it didn't
affect the Albion fans starting their party,
which went on long into the night and included the news that
Huddersfield had only drawn, meaning promotion was confirmed.
We go lives to the Amex now, and a man who described every kick of
Albion's promotion. What kind of challenge of facing the Premier
League? And think it's difficult to say in
the immediate aftermath of the ecstasy of promotion. Certainly, the
hard work starts now. The Albion have fielded on average the oldest
side in the championship match this season, and that's what will need
refreshing. The chairman and owner has invested heavily here at the
Amex and at the training ground. But this is a new challenge for this
football club, and survival is certainly tough. Saying that, Bloom,
by profession, is a gambling man, and it would take a brave person to
bet against him. They give very much. A great season
commentary from BBC Sussex, and three games to go. They can win the
title sooner. So along the coast to
the celebrations for Portsmouth. They needed to better Luton's result
at Mansfield and with the Hatters losing, this 3-1 win at Notts County
guaranteed a spot in League One. After Gareth Evans' penalty had been
cancelled out by Jorge Grant, Jamal Lowe, who was playing
in the nonleague at the turn of the year, came of the bench
to score twice to seal 5000 Pompey fans were there to see
what they hope will be just Live now to BBC Radio Solent's Andy
Moon, the voice of Pompey What challenge awaits in League 1?
No question League 1 will be a step up Pompeii, but not one that will be
beyond them, given what they have achieved this season. Looking at the
squad, most played in the third tier already, if not higher. While
players out of contract, many of them will be retained going forward.
The challenge for Pompey this season has been breaking down opponents who
played very defensively against them. That will change when they
make the step up, and a different style may suit them. The last time
Paul Cooke was promoted from League 2 with Chesterfield, in his first
season they made the play-offs. That may be asking a lot of Pompeii, but
I expect them to be a top hat team next season.
Fratton Park was the scene are quite a party last night, regular much
indeed. The promotion drama
is far from over. Reading picked up six points
from Easter weekend, including this 2-1 win over
relegated Rotherham yesterday, The play-offs seem a certainty
for Jaap Stam's side, but it's not inconceivable they
could catch Newcastle. Lewis Grabban scored as they came
from 1-0 down to seal That was John Swift to make it 2-1.
And don't forget, Aldershot up to fifth in the National League as
well, there could be successful at them. I can't ever remember the
football being quite this good on South Today. Three Premier League
teams make season, amazing! Ulick happy.
I'm please. Legs get the weather.
It is lovely, it's about chilly across the coast. It will feel
warmer. Steve Miller photographed the
sunrise in the Meon Valley today. Martin Perry took this picture
of the blue skies at Colwell Bay And Terry Martin captured the sunny
spells at Fobney Lock near Reading. Some glorious sunshine today. Some
sunny spells this week, but the weather for the week ahead will be
dry. Through April, it has been a fairly dry already. Just tomm in
many places. Many the rain because of the dry weather. Bright and sunny
spells are possible overnight and through the course of the week.
Overnight, we're looking at dry nights. Tonight, we could expect
loads of minus four Celsius. Generally, five Celsius the lower in
urban areas. A frosty start in many areas, but the surgeon what an hazy
with high and medium level cloud arriving through the afternoon.
Temperatures up to around 12 Celsius. In chartered spots, a high
of 14 Celsius. The winds will be fairly light. Site, the cloud will
increase. It won't be as chilly as tonight. The odd bit of frost down
to the southeast. Temperatures falling to around six Celsius.
Thursday a cloudy day. Through the day we may see light showers. Most
places will stay dry, with sunny spells at times. Temperatures very
similar to tomorrow, highs of 13 Celsius. It wants up slightly
through the course of Friday, high pressure not far away. Through the
course of Friday, we see a cold front moving southwards. That will
produce showers and increasing cloud. The air behind the cold front
coming straight from the North. Friday feeling cooler, especially in
the evening, and the weekend as well. The weekend will be similar to
this weekend, in north in 3rd northwesterly breeze, sunny spells
and possibly cross. Be with us tomorrow if you can,
because we have an exclusive report on how overcrowding in prisons is
causing staff to fear for their safety.
I was knocked out about a year ago by a prisoner in a spice attack.
Head-butted me from nowhere, knocked me out. I have been spat at,
verbally abused. You have that every single day, there is a dead AI goes
through my job I don't get verbally abused.
And very candid interview with a prison officer. We'll about tomorrow
night. It's editor of this evening, the late news this evening slightly
later at 10:50pm, that is part of an extended ten o'clock news. Bye-bye.
# You shouldn't have to sell your soul
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