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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Ben Truslove, Heather Burman and Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

We're bringing our coverage of the general and local elections 2015 in the East Midlands to a close.

Nationally we have a new government and many councils have also been decided, with the remaining counts to take place over the weekend.

Thank you for joining us, for more comprehensive coverage tonight and through the weekend, go to the BBC News website's

Election 2015 section.

East Midlands

Little change for political map

Angelina Socci

Presenter, East Midlands Today

Here's the new political map of the East Midlands, highlighting Derby North - the only constituency to change hands.

Political map


Conservative hold

Harborough District Council is retained by the Conservatives.

Election 2015

In case you missed it...

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

It's been a dramatic - and fast-moving - election so far. BBC has compiled a list of

20 things you may have missed.

Elmo at the Witney count

Derby North

New generation of female MPs

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

A delighted but sleep deprived Amanda Solloway has just been interviewed by Aleena Naylor for BBC Radio Derby.

Amanda Solloway in the studio

Derby North's new Conservative MP will form part of a Parliament where the number of women

has risen by a third.

BreakingSouth Holland

Conservative hold

The Conservatives have held South Holland District Council.

BreakingNorth Kesteven

Conservative hold

North Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire is held by the Conservatives.


Hopkins 'loves' Soubry

Nottingham Post

She's one of the most outspoken women in showbiz - but now Katie Hopkins has declared her love for Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry,

reports the Nottingham Post.

Katie Hopkins


Conservative hold

Charnwood Borough Council in Leicestershire is a Conservative hold.


Mayor elected

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham political reporter


Kate Allsop is elected Mayor of Mansfield.

BreakingDerbyshire Dales

Conservative hold

Derbyshire Dales District Council is held by the Conservatives.


Saturday count for borough council

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

I hope none of you are hanging on for the Erewash Borough Council result - counting isn't starting

until tomorrow morning.


Conservatives hold Blaby

The Conservatives retain power over Blaby District Council in Leicestershire

BreakingAmber Valley

Conservatives gain Amber Valley

The Conservatives gain Amber Valley Borough Council from Labour.


Labour hold

Chesterfield Borough Council is a Labour hold.

East Midlands Tory wins helped secure a majority

Emily Maitlis

Political editor, BBC Newsnight

East Midlands marginals have had a real part to play in influencing the national picture of a Conservative majority.


The seat of

Sherwood, won by Mark Spencer, is a good example of where Labour failed to capitalise on what was a key target for them.

Election updates continue

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

I'm here bringing you updates and reaction to our East Midlands election coverage through the day.

If you'd like to get in touch with the live page team

please email us.


Labour hold

Labour hold

Bolsover District Council with 32 seats. Independents have five seats with no other party represented.

UKIP leadership

Helmer not interested

East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer has ruled himself out of replacing Nigel Farage as UKIP leader, reports BBC Radio Northampton.

Roger Helmer

Double blow for Kenny

Candidate loses borough seat

Labour's candidate for Boston and Skegness, Paul Kenny, has lost his seat on Boston Borough Council,

reports BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

Paul Kenny


Election count car fire: Five still in custody

Leicestershire Police say five men who were arrested after a police car was set on fire outside a polling station in Hinckley

remain in custody.

Burnt our police car

The group, whose ages range from 25 to 47, were detained after the blaze near Hinckley Leisure Centre on Coventry Road at about 02:30.


Long shift for returning officer

Totting up is continuing at the Leicester City Council count,

reports BBC Radio Leicester.

Returning officer Miranda Cannon has been up since 05:30 yesterday with no break.


Labour hold

Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire is a hold for Labour. The new council is Labour with 33 seats, Conservatives on 12, Independents 3

Derby North's new MP

Amanda Solloway

tweets: "A fantastic night for the conservatives - thank you to all the voters in Derby North - I won't let you down!"

Vaz increases his majority

Keith Vaz has hailed Labour's best result in Leicester for a generation,

reports the Leicester Mercury.

Keith Vaz

Lib Dems: Tuition fee issue 'was in people's minds'

BBC Radio Lincolnshire asked former East Midlands Lib Dem MEP, Bill Newton-Dunn, whether his party's poor election performance was down to Nick Clegg's broken pledge on tuition fees.

Bill Newton-Dunn

He said: "Our opponents, the other parties, kept hammering it home - so it must have been in the heads of some people."


'Collective responsibility' for Labour's losses

East Midlands Today

Shadow Defence Minister Vernon Coaker, who retained his

Gedling seat for Labour with a majority of 2,986 has been reflecting on
his party's disappointing performance.

vernon coaker

He says: "I don't think you can turn around and say it's just one person's fault. I am a member of the shadow cabinet I have a collective responsibility. All of us in the party make the policies, so all of us need to learn the lessons from what's happened and act accordingly in the future."

Derbyshire North East

Engel re-elected

Derbyshire Times

Derbyshire North East will be sending Natascha Engel back to Westminster

after what she described as a "good, clean fight".

Analysis: Tory majority 'completely unexpected'

Caitlin Milazzo, assistant professor of politics at the University of Nottingham has been analysing the

general election results for the East Midlands.


She says: "We did not see this coming. Politicians, parties, political scientists, everyone. It was completely unexpected, there was no chance of a majority government and now here we are. It was quite unexpected both in the East Midlands and around the country."

BreakingNorth West Leicestershire

Conservatives hold

The Conservatives hold on to control of North West Leicestershire council.

Top election stories

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here are the main election headlines for local radio stations across the East Midlands this afternoon:


Rigby 'Absolutely gutted'

Labour's candidate in

Lincoln Lucy Rigby, who lost to the Conservative's Karl McCartney,
tweets: "Well Lincoln, I can't pretend I'm not absolutely gutted. But I am so proud of my amazing team - they've been totally, unfailingly fantastic."

BreakingLeicester Mayor

Soulsby wins vote

Labour's Peter Soulsby has been re-elected as Leicester City Mayor with 71,533 votes - a 54.9% total.

Mayoral declaration


The economy won it - Throup

In the marginal

Erewash constituency, the Conservatives' Maggie Throup, a new MP, held the seat with an increased majority of 3,584.

Maggie Throup

She explains why she thought she won: "I think it's a lot of hard work from a lot of my volunteers and people knowing that the economy is back on track and people didn't want to see all of the hard work that has been carried out over the last five years undone by changing to another party."


De Piero: 'Of course we're delighted'

Labour's Gloria De Piero said she was delighted at retaining her seat in

Ashfield with a majority of 8,820.

Gloria De Piero

She says: "I'll never take the people of Ashfield for granted. I've tried to be the hardest working MP I can be."

North West Leicestershire

Lost deposits

Quentin Rayner

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party have both lost their deposits in

North West Leicestershire.

Conservative Andrew Bridgen enjoyed a 3.8% swing away from Labour and increased his majority by 3,862 votes.

Amber Valley

Mills strengthens his position

Conservative Nigel Mills (pictured right) is celebrating increasing his majority in

Amber Valley.

Nigel Mills

On his campaign website,

he wrote: "It is an honour and a privilege to be re-elected here, and I promise to do my utmost to continue to give you the representation that you deserve."