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Gove and Labour's Brexit Secretary Kier Starmer as well. Join me now on

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BBC Two. That's Newsnight Hello and welcome to

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South Today, I'm Jo Kent. Standing down to take

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a stand over budget cuts - an authority loses leading

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councillors who say austerity And the hospital struggling to cope,

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as hundreds of operations are cancelled because its beds

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are already full. And this week, mid-week

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we will have a frost but towards the end of the week

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it turns cloudier. It's a dramatic gesture intended

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to draw attention to what they say The leader, deputy leader

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and another senior member of the Isle of Wight Council have

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stepped down from their posts They say party politics and ego

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are being put ahead of the best But the move could have wider

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repercussions and may sink plans for a devolved "super authority"

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in charge of the island as well as These resignation have sent shock

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waves well beyond the Isle of Wight. Jonathan Bacon, leader

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of the Isle of Wight Council, They're part of the independent

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group that swept to power four years ago, promising

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"people before politics". But they've struggled,

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particularly in the face Jonathan Bacon was blunt

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in his resignation statement. He said that it seems the Government

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has no wish or intent to help this island,

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despite the council's asking And he's bitter about the way fellow

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councillors have behaved, saying party politics and ego

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are being put before the concerns Today his deputy, Steve Stubbings,

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told us austerity cuts were causing It would only be someone that's

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wedded to the Government's austerity agenda that could,

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I presume, with any real dignity or honesty carry

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through these policies, I don't believe in them and I think

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people are being really damaged by what's going on,

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and a lot of those people are people Today's resignations

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mean plans to create the Solent Super Authority,

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where the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton come

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together under one elected mayor, Though the island was an important

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part, Portsmouth's leader, Donna Jones, says the two cities

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could continue on their own. I do believe the Government still

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want to continue with devolution. They're still focused on elected

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mayors and I think the two cities here on the south coast absolutely

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have a right to go and talk to the Government about the ?1

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billion of investment that we need. The Isle of Wight Council meets

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on Wednesday to select a new leader. There's a strong chance they won't

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support a Super Authority. But whoever it is, they can

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expect an early visit from the council leaders

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in Southampton and Portsmouth. Meanwhile, hospital care on the Isle

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of Wight is in chaos. Virtually all planned surgery has

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been cancelled in recent weeks because all the beds are being used

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to deal with emergency patients. 267 routine operations have been

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postponed since before Christmas, and there's little sign

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of the pressure easing. Here's our health

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correspondent, David Fenton. Every one of its 252 beds is taken

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and there are 31 emergency From Christmas Day onwards,

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it's been busier than I think Over time we've got better

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at dealing with surges in capacity and turning our patients round,

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and in spite of that we've had very large numbers of patients

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into the hospital and we've really Many patients, of

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course, are elderly. Craig has a heart condition

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and lives on his own but he'd The charity Age UK found him at home

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without heat or light, with no food in the house

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and no money. We're also seeing a lot

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of homelessness, particularly We work with people aged 50

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and over and that's becoming So where previously we would have

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done more low-level support - shopping and befriending -

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we really are now going out and keeping people fed and warm

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and making sure that they can get The older we get,

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the more we cost the NHS. The average 20-year-old

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costs the health service For someone in their mid-50s, that's

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doubled to more than ?2,000 a year. And by the time we reach 85,

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it's risen to nearly ?8,000 a year. It all adds up to a financial

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time bomb for the NHS, that now needs to save ?2.2 billion

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in the South. Sean Stacey is Chief Operations

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Officer at St Mary's Hospital, the man charged with keeping

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the plates spinning. A short time ago, he told me one

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reason for the current problems is the number of holiday-makers

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who've been taken ill. We've opened additional capacity,

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we've created more beds for patients, in areas that would not

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normally be used as a ward area, such as Aaron Teys surgical unit,

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and also a discharge lounge. -- our day surgical unit. That means we've

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had to cancel planned procedures for here -- for people here on the

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island and I'm sorry we've had to make that decision but clearly where

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would be unsafe to bring somebody in would be unsafe to bring somebody in

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for a planned procedure when the hospital is full of people who are

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acutely very unwell. The fact that the situation has arisen, could it

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be put down to a lack of money or management? I don't think it is

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purely a lack of money. I do think there is a need for us to look at

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how we invest funds in the future. We certainly need to strengthen

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resources out in our communities. We particularly need to help and work

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very closely with our colleagues in adult social care so they have the

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funds and resources to help to look after and care for people when they

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are feeling a bit under the weather. That will help, I think. That will

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require some investment. That investment is going to be a pressure

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for all of us. But I do believe that would make a difference to the

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hospital services and the demands that are currently being seen to be

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made on those. Thank you very much. Relatives of a man killed by a van

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driver who was texting at the wheel say they're outraged he's been

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allowed to appeal against his Grandfather Lee Martin

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died when he was struck The driver, Christopher Gard,

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had a string of previous convictions He'd had several chances

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to change his ways, but Christopher Gard was again

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using his phone when he ploughed into cyclist

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Lee Martin and killed him. Just weeks before, he was in court

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pleading that he needed to keep his In all, he'd been caught

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using his phone at the wheel eight The family of Lee Martin say it's

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time to end the sympathy. You had eight chances beforehand

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to stop your behaviour, It's playing Russian roulette

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with the whole population, really. What was going to stop him apart

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from killing someone? He'd taken up cycling

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to improve his health. He was on the A31 near Alton one

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August morning in 2015 when Gard Police say Gard was so busy

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sending a text message, he hadn't looked at the carriageway

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for a full nine seconds. He only changed his plea to guilty

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just before the trial started. He dragged a whole family

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through the process of thinking we had to sit through a court case

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and, you know, he's taken someone's life, he's taken my brother's life,

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and this bloke is now trying to wheedle his way out of it,

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and I want there to be justice for my brother and also,

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you know, what kind of signal does it send out

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if the sentence is reduced? The Martin family are now calling

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for an immediate ban for anyone Christopher Gard's case

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will be heard at the Court That's all from the South Today

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news team this evening. We're back tomorrow with bulletins

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in BBC Breakfast and there's more Through the course of this week we

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are going to see a frost. A chilly start the week, turning slightly

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milder from Thursday onwards and through until the weekend. High

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pressure dominating through much of the week. It should be mainly dry

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and there will be a frost tonight and also tomorrow morning. Through

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the course of tonight, we're expecting more cloud. The further

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west you are, the clearer the sky is towards the south-east, and we may

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have a frosty there first thing. Quite a cloudy start for western

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parts with the cloud gradually moving westwards to allow for some

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lovely sunny conditions for western parts. Oxfordshire hanging on to the

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cloud through the afternoon but in the sunshine temperatures will

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struggle to rise, with highs of just three degrees. Along the coast,

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highs of 6-7. A widespread, sharp, hard frost developing in the early

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hours of Wednesday courtesy of the light wind and clear skies. In the

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countryside, we could see those of -1 or minus two. High-pressure still

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dominating Wednesday into Thursday with sunny spells and a bit more

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cloud for northern areas, which could sink southwards through the

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afternoon. High-pressure still in charge on Thursday with a fair

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amount of cloud and weather front moving southwards. With that, we

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could have the odd spot of rain but most places staying dry with high

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pressure in charge. Through Friday, we hold onto the high pressure as

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well. A similar data Thursday. Milder than recent days, with highs

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of 5-8. -- a similar day is on Thursday. Over the weekend, looking

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ahead, mainly dry, quite cloudy with brighter spells here and there. The

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risk of the odd spot of light rain and drizzle

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perhaps a little milder. If you like the mild weather, you'll have to

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head elsewhere in the country. Find out more in the national weather

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forecast. Our weather is going against normal expectations this

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week. In Highland Scotland some snow to be seen on the hills.

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Temperatures as high as 12 Celsius today. Over the next few days the

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coldest air is in the far south-east of England where there is sunshine

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to be had. Four or five Celsius in Kent. Differences remain over the

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next few days and here is why. I pressure in control of the weather.

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Some clear a continental air, but coming into Scotland from the

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Atlantic plenty of clouds around. Outbreaks of rain through Scotland

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and Northern Ireland overnight, patchy drizzle into parts of England

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and Wales, but where you've got cloud the temperatures are holding

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