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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 July 2016

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  1. Goodbye from Kent Live

    Bob Dale

    That's it from Kent Live on a busy news day - thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back between 11:00 and 17:00 BST tomorrow.

    In the meantime, you can still tweetFacebook or email us.

  2. David Cameron: 'Greatest honour of my life'

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC South East Today's Polly Evans has been following David Cameron's farewell to 10 Downing Street on Twitter. 

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  3. Southern debate over

    Lauren Moss

    The debate has now ended although there are still many questions that remain unanswered.

    A member of the RMT has told me this afternoon they are confused by the messages they are receiving from the government and from GTR. 

    Paul Cox says sickness has increased but it was not to do with industrial action.

    Quote Message: If we say to GTR we will call the dispute off if you give us an agreement, they will say 'no' regardless of the situation because they don't have enough staff to run the service. The public will expect the service to return to normal but it can't. They are short of drivers more than conductors. from Paul Cox RMT Union
    Paul CoxRMT Union
  4. Gillingham v Sheffiled United match rescheduled

    Claire Cottingham

    Gillingham's home match with Sheffield United has moved to 14:15 BST on Sunday 4 September after being chosen for early season TV coverage. 

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  5. 'It's like a metallic florist's shop'

    Bob Dale

    Broadstairs sculptor Ann Carrington has created art for Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow and the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations.

    Now she's preparing for the biggest moment of her career so far.

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    Video caption: Kent artist prepares for show at the Royal College of Art
  6. Southern debate: 'Falling on my sword'

    Quote Message: If I thought it would help by falling on my sword, I would. This feels like a failure. Could I force the end of the franchise early? Would the staffing problems stop? No. It would do almost nothing.
    Quote Message: So what are we going to do? The one month timetable looks like it's starting to work. I want to bring compensation plans forward. I have written to the new Prime Minister who has plans to bring unions and customers more closely involved in the management structure." from Claire Perry Rail Minister
    Claire PerryRail Minister
    Claire Perry wants a better service
    Image caption: Claire Perry said she wants a better service
  7. What happened this time last year?

    Jessica Banham

    A former MEP jailed, a cheetah attack and a toilet going up for sale. Here's today's #OnthisDay.

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    Video caption: On This Day - July 13th
  8. Southern debate: Rail Minister responds

    Claire Perry has listened to the issues raised by the many MPs in the South East this afternoon in the Commons about Govia Thameslink railway. 

    She is now making her response:

    Quote Message: I have been to London Bridge many times and I am often ashamed to be the Rail Minister. We can't take the franchise back because the company is not actually in breach of any contractual agreements. I do not have the levers to pull to take the franchise back. from Rail Minister Claire Perry
    Rail Minister Claire Perry
    Rail Minister Claire Perry responds
    Image caption: Rail Minister Claire Perry responds
  9. As the PM hands over the baton...

    Claire Cottingham

    Let's be honest - we're all still talking about Larry the Cat...including David Cameron himself. Here's the proof Larry isn't going anywhere. 

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  10. Helen Grant: 'Memorable final PMQs'

    Claire Cottingham

    As David Cameron prepares to head to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen and hand over to Theresa May - after a standing ovation at his last Prime Minister's Questions.  

    Here's what's being said on twitter by some Kent MPs.

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    View more on twitter
  11. There's a change for the better on the way

    Aisling Creevey

    BBC weather

    After this week's showers, tomorrow's weather looks like being an improvement.

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    Video caption: The weather with Aisling Creevey
  12. Girls drugged and abused at church-run home

    Claire Cottingham

    Girls at a church-run children's home were routinely drugged, locked up and physically, emotionally and sexually abused, a review has found.

    The Kendall House Review panel is being lead by chairman Sue Proctor. 

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    Video caption: Prof Sue Proctor
  13. Southern debate: 'Enough is enough'

    Lauren Moss

    Maria Caulfield MP
    Image caption: Maria Caulfield is the MP for Lewes
    Quote Message: Last month we saw over 1,550 services cancelled. The train service is the only public transport service available for many people in my constituency - 27,000 people in Seaford can no longer now access a hospital due to the emergency timetable.
    Quote Message: It is also a tourist town which relies on people coming in. We need new management of the franchise. We do need to declassify first class. Enough is enough." from Maria Caulfield Lewes MP
    Maria CaulfieldLewes MP
  14. Southern debate: 'Declassify first class'

    Lauren Moss

    It is now the turn of Peter Kyle, MP for Hove, to say his piece.

    He says "poor management" is to blame for the "shambles".  He says people getting home so late is damaging our communities and family life as people aren't able to see their children. 

    Quote Message: People are asking for a 'sustainable compensation scheme; much more aggressive than the one we have at the moment. They want to declassify first class permanently while the emergency timetable is ongoing. They want the minister to announce the duration of the timetable." from Peter Kyle MP for Hove
    Peter KyleMP for Hove
    Peter Kyle MP
    Image caption: Peter Kyle is the MP for Hove
  15. BreakingFour Kent athletes get the green light for Rio

    Claire Cottingham

    Four Kent athletes will represent Team GB at next month’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

    Dartford's Adam Gemili will compete in both the 200m and the 4x100m event, while Maidstone hurdler Jack Green has been selected for the 400m. 

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    Image caption: Dartford's Adam Gemili
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    Image caption: Maidstone's Jack Green

    Dina Asher-Smith will feature in the women's 200m as well as the 4x100m and race walker Tom Bosworth from Tonbridge will compete in the 20km race walk. 

    BBC
    Image caption: Orpington's Dina Asher-Smith
    BBC
    Image caption: Tonbridge's Tom Bosworth
  16. Southern debate: 'Union at fault too'

    Lauren Moss

    Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel and South Downs, has questioned whether Southern is entirely to blame for the problems.

    Quote Message: Why are we blaming Southern entirely for this dispute? I am sure that the situation is being caused by the current industrial action. The unions are being very clever. All the blame is being attributed to Southern." from Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel and South Downs
    Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel and South Downs
    Nick Herbert MP
    Image caption: Nick Herbert MP took aim at the RMT
  17. Young offenders institute assault charge

    Claire Cottingham

    A woman has been charged with common assault over allegations of abuse at the Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, managed by security firm G4S.

    Rebecca Harold, 24, from Maidstone, has been released on bail and will appear before Medway Magistrates' Court on 23 August. 

    Nine other people who have been arrested in connection with the allegations remain on bail until September.

    The centre is a 76-bed facility for young offenders aged from 12 to 17
    Image caption: The centre is a 76-bed facility for young offenders aged from 12 to 17
  18. Southern debate: 'GTR should lose franchise'

    Quote Message: If this has not been sorted by the beginning of September after the impact of the emergency timetable and there's no clean indication of when it will be, then GTR should lose the franchise by the end of the year." from Tim Loughton MP
    Tim Loughton MP

    The Rail Minister Claire Perry is expected to respond shortly.   

  19. Southern debate: 'Sort this or else'

    Lauren Moss

    Southern services have been hit by sickness and staff shortages in recent months as well as ongoing strike action with the RMT Union.

    Tim Loughton MP said: "The government should get the two sides together and tell them to sort this or else."

    Tim Loughton MP
    Image caption: Tim Loughton MP during the debate
  20. Southern rail: 'We are very sorry for what happened to Mr Taylor'

    Claire Cottingham

    Yesterday, we brought you the story of Sam Taylor, a commuter in the South East who was "refused access" onto a bus because his wheelchair was "too heavy".

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    Video caption: Man refused access

    We have since received this statement from Southern.

    Quote Message: “We are very sorry for what happened to Mr Taylor. We pride ourselves on offering people of all abilities access to our services – and if we cannot then we will arrange a free alternative. Most of the buses at Seaford – as many as we could source – are accessible and for those that are not, our station staff would have provided a free taxi if asked.” from Southern rail
    Southern rail