Queen's Speech 2015: Not many surprises for the South East

  • 27 May 2015
  • From the section England
The Queen

It was the 62nd State Opening of Parliament that the Queen has presided over, and the first all-Conservative Queen's Speech for two decades.

There weren't many surprises - as reported on BBC South East, the government is to introduce a Psychoactive Substances Bill.

This would create a blanket ban which would prohibit and disrupt the production, distribution, sale and supply of new psychoactive substances in the UK.

It had long been campaigned for by the former Lewes MP and former Home Office minister Norman Baker.

Psychoactive effect

The bill aims to provide a robust response to the availability of new legal highs and the problems they cause.

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Election 2015: South East MPs take on new roles after election win

Prime Minister David Cameron (centre) poses for a group photo with newly elected Conservative MPs, at the Houses of Parliament
David Cameron poses for a group photo with newly elected Conservative MPs, including Kelly Tolhurst (in the front row wearing a yellow blouse)

No one can deny that the Conservatives pulled off a stunning election win in the South East.

David Cameron confounded the pollsters to secure an outright majority, but the Prime Minister said his sweetest moment of the election was seeing Kelly Tolhurst win back Rochester from Mark Reckless.

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Election 2015: The political colours of the South East

Nigel Farage, Al Murray and Craig Mackinlay
Nigel Farage resigned as UKIP leader after losing South Thanet to Conservative Craig Mackinlay

The pollsters certainly didn't predict this outcome.

It was a good night for the Conservatives across the South East - as it was across the country (apart from in Scotland).

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Election 2015: The South East's bellwether seats

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Bellwether seats either lead or indicate a trend in voting

The polls open in just over 12 hours and the party leaders are all out criss-crossing the country fighting for every last vote.

They know this is the most unpredictable election for decades and if the polls are to be believed no party is assured of an overall majority.

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Election 2015: South East politicians debate key issues

From left: Jenny Jones, Michael Fallon, BBC presenter Polly Evans, Mark Reckless, Peter Kyle, Norman Baker

Immigration, health and the economy are among the issues which have dominated this election campaign.

For a debate on the subjects which matter to voters, BBC South East gathered politicians from all the main parties at Chatham Historic Dockyard and a live studio audience.

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Election 2015: Is the South East seen as the UK's cash cow?

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The economy has dominated this election campaign with several party leaders calling for money to be taken from the "over-heated South East" to fund less prosperous areas.

During the leaders' televised debate, the Welsh nationalist leader Leanne Wood called for "an additional £1.2bn into the Welsh coffers which would enable us to end austerity".

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General Election 2015: 'Exciting' South East campaign

  • 30 March 2015
  • From the section England
House of Commons
The campaign for the 2015 general election is under way

The phoney war is over - parliament has now been dissolved, and the battle for votes at the general election on 7 May is officially under way.

Here in the South East we're set for one of the most exciting and unpredictable election campaigns in a generation.

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Budget speech: South East 'conspicuous by absence'

  • 18 March 2015
  • From the section England
George Osborne with the 2015 Budget
Chancellor George Osborne's 2015 was 'peppered' with place names

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his final Budget before the general election - his message was that Britain is growing again - in fact faster than any other major advanced economy in the world.

But if you thought that meant he was about to announce some pre-election giveaways in order to woo undecided voters you're likely to be disappointed.

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General Election 2015: South East MPs' seats under threat

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section England
Laura Sandys
Laura Sandy's seat of South Thanet will be fought by Nigel Farage and Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord

It's now 100 days until the general election and our opportunity to choose who forms the next government.

It promises to be the most unpredictable election for decades, with no party looking like it will win outright.

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Why is UKIP so popular in South East England?

  • 9 January 2015
  • From the section England
Nigel Farage walks past a supporter in Rochester, Kent
Nigel Farage walks past a UKIP supporter in Rochester following the party's by-election victory

It's now less than four months until the general election and campaigning is already under way.

The polls are so close it looks unlikely that either the Conservatives or Labour will win an outright majority and the South East MEP and UKIP leader Nigel Farage says his party could hold the balance of power in May.

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