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Nic Rigby

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The 2019 election has seen an unprecedented number of high profile independents standing for seats.

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This has mostly been due to disagreements with their own party.

One of most well-known rebels against Boris Johnson was Dominic Grieve (pictured below) who had been the Conservative MP for Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire since 1997.

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He lost a motion of confidence with his party in 2019 and so is standing as an independent with the backing of former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine.

Mr Grieve has also received support from actor Hugh Grant (pictured top), who appeared on Facebook to back Mr Grieve.

Other independents standing include Gavin Shuker (Luton South), who became disillusioned with Labour in the spring, and David Gauke (South West Herts), a former Conservative who also rebelled against Boris Johnson's Brexit policy.

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MP says travellers should not face multiple claims for disruption

The government's facing calls from MPs of all parties to strip Govia Thameslink of its rail franchise after widespread cancellations and delays in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire following the introduction of new timetables.

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Rail minister Jo Johnson told the Commons the disruption was "unacceptable" but that passengers would be compensated.

However the Labour MP for Luton South, Gavin Shuker, says it isn't enough.

He wants people claiming delay-repay compensation to be spared multiple claims to fit in with the company's 28-day policy and to be allowed to put in one claim covering the whole disruption which began 44 days ago.

He asked the minister "to ensure that everyone who had a valid claim since 21 May receives compensation."

Govia Thameslink declassifies first class train carriages

Govia Thameslink has announced that from today, first class carriages on Thameslink and Great Northern routes will be declassified during peak times until 15 July when a new interim timetable is introduced.

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Trains on the Thameslink and Great Northern network have been subject to delays and cancellations since new timetables were introduced on 20 May, and the training of drivers on the new routes and trains continues.

The decision comes after a letter sent to Secretary for Transport Chris Grayling from several MPs whose constituents have been affected including Gavin Shuker (Labour, Luton South), Bim Afolami, (Conservative, Hitchin & Harpenden) and Alistair Burt (Conservative, North East Bedfordshire).

Mr Burt said he was "delighted" about the "sensible decision".

"Pleased to have at least achieved this small concession for my constituents struggling through this awful disruption," he said.