South East England

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South East England is one of the nine official regions of England, designated in 1994 and adopted for statistical purposes in 1999. Its boundaries include Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex. In common usage, however, the area referred to as the 'south east' can vary considerably.

As with the other regions of England, apart from Greater London, the South East has no elected government and few central powers, the creation of elected regional governments proposed by the Labour Party after its election in 1997 having been aborted. The headquarters for the region's governmental bodies are in Guildford.

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Geography

The largest city in the region (by population) is Brighton and Hove, but the Medway Towns, consisting of Chatham, Gillingham, Strood, Rainham and surrounding towns, are currently preparing for a bid in 2012 for city status, which would mean Medway would be unified formally as one city, of similar size to Brighton and Hove. The dominant influence on the region's economy is neighbouring London. The highest point is Walbury Hill in Berkshire at 297 metres (974 ft).

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