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Hello and welcome to South Today, I'm Edward Sault.
The top stories this evening: All eyes on June the 8th -
Seven weeks of campaigning from MP's who want to keep their seats
Will a stab collection finally make an elected Prime Minister?
Plus the disappearing act of the coach company that's taken
bookings but left customers like these swimmers high and dry.
And a good deal of dry weather this week with some sunshine and the
weather for the week ahead shortly. In tonight's programme,
reaction from the South to this morning's announcement
from the Prime Minister, Teresa May. We will be voting in
a General Election on June the 8th. It follows the vote for Brexit
which split the South, And we face seven weeks
of campaigning from MPs who want to keep their seats
in southern constituencies. Our political editor, Peter Henley,
has spent the day in the prime Across the South -
as at Westminster - The call for a snap election has
been the only conversation for commuters. They set off to work this
morning completely unaware of the prospect of seven weeks of
campaigning. Across the South -
as at Westminster - news of the snap election came
as a surprise. I just have that on the news, I was
absolutely staggered. I can't really see the reason why. She's only just
got in. I think it's a good thing. After the Brexit thing, people don't
have a chance to have their say. And here in Theresa May's own safe
seat of Maidenhead the local conservative group had no idea
it was coming. I didn't know what to expect and I
just thought, it's got to be serious because Prime ministers don't make
announcements from the steps of number ten unless they are serious.
And other Berkshire MPs agree it's the right move.
It's very important to have that strong backing in parliament to make
sure gales can't be turned down at the last minute and make sure the
Prime Minister's hand isn't forced at any stage of the negotiation. She
has to be any strong position to make sure we get the best Britain.
However, a former Reading MP - this time a Labour one -
thinks the hastily called vote could backfire.
ID Tech no appetite out there for a snap general election. We've just
come through a very divisive referendum. This is a con job,
political opportunism by the Conservative Party, and I think it
could come back to bite them. Labour will be hoping
to pick up votes in Reading where they run the council -
but first they need candidates - neither of the town's
two seats has one yet. And the Liberal Democrats will have
to get moving to select a candidate in Eastleigh,
where in 2015 they lost their seat Nationally, the Lib Dems are banking
on bagging Remain voters to secure This we have a big debate about
whether we're in the single market are not and that matters for jobs
and investment particularly in places that have strong
manufacturing sector base. That is why we need more liberal Democrats
in Parliament fighting the case for a sensible future for this country.
The Lib Dems are confident they can mobilise Eastleigh's voters,
despite constituents here voting to leave the EU.
It's possible today's announcement may not be the only surprise
Theresa May may think she has long fitted labour and it'll be a
divisive business but one thing we may get from this is clarity over
Brexit. Each party will have to nail colours to the mast and we will have
a better idea of what they are looking for.
Two men from Dorset have been sent to prison for filming themselves
having sex with a teenage girl, and then publishing
24-year-old Connor Hayes from Bournemouth and William Wright,
who's also 24, from Bovington, have been jailed for two years
for the offence which dates back to November 2015.
The pair have also been handed a Sexual Harm Prevention
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
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.
The celebrations continue in Portsmouth and Brighton this
evening after both football teams clinched promotion at the same time.
For Brighton, it means elevation to the biggest league in the world.
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.
at Brighton, they flopped onto the pitch at 5pm yesterday. Promotion
inevitable after the latest win but when they are rivals Huddersfield
only drew two hours later, promotion was confirmed. Cue another party.
Testament really to 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 incredibly difficult. That said,
we had in the premiership now, Arent we? We have struggled long and hard
and I don't think we ever thought and I don't think we ever thought
we'd see the day. We have lost generations of fans along the way
and a lot of tears were shed yesterday by supporters who had
loved ones that hadn't seen the dream becomes reality. Brighton's
resurgence is echoed along the coast, 5000 Portsmouth fans
celebrated League 2 promotion. It means the road back from football
oblivion has started for a club saved by its bands four years ago,
almost bankrupt in 2010. Ironically they have choice again, to accept or
reject the investment of billionaire reject the investment of billionaire
ex-Disney CEO Michael Eisner. It is for the fans and that the decide to
hand it on to Michael Eisner it will be with everyone's best wishes and
for him to carry us on to where we deserve to beat. The fans are on the
right road for now. That's all from the South Today
news team this evening. We're back tomorrow with bulletins
in BBC Breakfast and there's more Here with our regional
weather forecast is Alexis. It's getting colder, almost time for
the thermals! We are expecting frost in places. The week as a whole, it
will be mainly dry, one North two isolated showers but not a lot of
rain to talk of an bird will be some bright and sunny spells. Clear skies
and light winds overnight mean the temperature will follow a rapidly to
-4 in the countryside, usual cold spots. Elsewhere, laws of the- five
and the winds will be like tomorrow as well. Through the day, after a
frost the amnesty starting places, lots of sunshine although the
sunshine will come hazy through the course of the afternoon with high
and medium cloud filling in. The temperature reaching a high of 13 in
any sheltered spots and these are places with a slight breeze. The
breeze could be slightly stronger for the Isle of Wight and the south
coast. The cloud will increase tomorrow night with one North two
clear spells but also the chance of patchy, light rain at times and the
temperature tomorrow night not as low as to make, down to 6-7,
slightly lower in the countryside. Thursday we see a good deal of
cloud, one or two brighter spells and maybe a frosty start and some
showers but not a lot of rain to talk all. The mainly dry day with
the temperature reaching a high of 11-12 and they went fairly light, so
the cloud may be quite stubborn to break in a few places. Through
Friday we are expecting high pressure to be not too far away from
us so through Friday it will be warm to start the day, the chance of some
showers from this cold front moving south words and the air behind built
on a lot cooler just in time for the weekend. The weekend not dissimilar
from the weekend just The weather hasn't been too dramatic
of late. That is not say it's not without problems. One