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Goodbye

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

That's the end of this week's live updates for Northamptonshire. Thank you for joining us.

It's been a busy afternoon and you can scroll back to see reaction from the local election, where the Tories increased their majority at Northamptonshire County Council.

And you can visit here to catch up with the local election results from across the UK.

We'll be back with regular news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county from 08:00 on Monday.

In the meantime, have a great weekend.

Northamptonshire's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

In Northamptonshire, the Conservative party gained 8,832 votes in yesterday's local elections - 45.54% of the vote.

It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English county council elections.  

BreakingCounty council election: It's all over

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

All 57 seats on Northamptonshire County Council have now been declared. Here's the final result...

The Conservatives have extended their control with 43 seats, up from 36.

Labour have one extra councillor, taking their tally to 12.

It's been a disappointing day for the Liberal Democrats, who've seen their number of seats fall from six in the 2013 election to two. Their local leader, Brendan Glynane, lost his Delapre seat to Labour. 

And there'll be no UKIP representatives on the council. Their three seats were Tory gains. 

Our live updates for the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Phew, I think we're just about wrapped up.

Updates on today's local and mayoral elections have now finished - thanks for joining us.

Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed.

Here are the key points for the day...

  • Conservatives gain control of Cambridgeshire County Council, winning 36 seats
  • UKIP lose all 10 seats on the council
  • Conservative James Palmer becomes the mayor for the combined authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - in charge of £800m to spend on areas including housing and transport

We'll be back with your regular dose of news, sport, weather and travel on Monday from 08:00.

Have a great weekend.

Mayoral election: Interview with James Palmer

Straight after the result was declared, James Palmer spoke to our reporter Hannah Olsson.

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Cambridge's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

In Cambridge, the Conservative party gained 72,047 votes in yesterday's local elections - 40.41% of the vote.

It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English county council elections.

County council election: Labour group leader to stand down

Craig Lewis

BBC News

John McGhee has announced he is to stand down as Labour group leader on Northamptonshire County Council.

Mr McGhee won his Kingswood ward and Labour look set to win more than the 11 seats they had before today.

John McGhee
bbc

He said: "It's been extremely difficult watching the destruction of public services in Northamptonshire [by the Conservatives].

"I decided [to stand down] well before this election. I've been doing it so long. It has nothing to do with today's results.

"I think it is time for fresh blood." 

He added he would continue to hold the Conservatives on the council to account.  

Local election in Cambridgeshire: Conservatives pull in the votes

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

It's been a great day for the Conservatives in Cambridgeshire, who not only have seen James Palmer elected as the first mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - they also regained control of Cambridgeshire County Council.

Here's what a Tory county council means for residents from leader Steve Count...

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Goodbye

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Well, that's it for this week on BBC Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

Our main stories of the day have been the local election results for Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, in which the Conservatives have added to their majorities. 

We have also reported on a helicopter crash close to High Wycombe that's left three men needing urgent medical treatment. 

You can of course read all the stories by scrolling through the page. 

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, so whatever you're doing this weekend we all hope it's a good one. 

Mayoral elections: 'I will make sure I am successful'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The new mayor Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Conservative James Palmer, has been speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire after his victory was announced a short while ago.

He said he would put "all the effort in" to make sure he was successful as mayor.

James Palmer
BBC

"We have to make sure decisions are made to change Cambridgeshire, not just for four years, but for 30, to 40, to 50 years," he said.

"I've been the only one bold enough to say what I would do all the way through the campaign.

"The Lib Dems worked very hard in the campaign. Rod was a credible candidate. It was a good fight to the end.  

"It's a good day for the Conservatives. I am very delighted we have full control of Cambridgeshire County Council."

County council election: Tory leader 'very pleased'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

It's been a good day for the Conservatives in Northamptonshire.

They've extended their control of the county council from the 36 seats they won in 2013 to 40 so far, with five left to declare.

Heather Smith, Conservative leader on the council, said: "I'm very pleased. We've exceeded our number from four years ago and our target for 40 seats.

Heather Smith
BBC

"We expected turnout to be low because of the general election.

"I expected the Liberal Democrats to do better.

"I can't foresee a bigger majority will make a difference [to how we govern]. We have to work within a certain budget."

Mayoral election: Who is James Palmer?

Here's a profile of the new Conservative mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and what he hopes to achieve...

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Mayoral election: James Palmer celebrates win

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here was the moment James Palmer became Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's first ever mayor...

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He's been celebrating his victory with his family...

James Palmer and family
BBC

The Conservative candidate was elected mayor with 88,826 votes (56.9%).

Lib Dem candidate Rod Cantrill came second with 67,205 votes (43.1%).

County council election: Labour 'strengthened'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Labour's Danielle Stone has told me she thinks the Labour group has been "strengthened in this election".

She said she believes in strong opposition and Labour can provide that.

She added: "I only won last time by 50 votes and now I have a huge majority".

Mrs Stone retained her seat in Abington and Phippsville.

County council election: UKIP wiped out

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

All three UKIP councillors on Northamptonshire County Council have lost their seats, mirroring big losses for the party all over the country in these local elections.

Brackley, Daventry West and Kingsthorpe North were all Conservative gains.

We're entering the closing stages of the count now. With six seats left to declare, the Tories are on 40 seats and Labour have 11.

Conservative James Palmer elected mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Here are the full results...

Election results
BBC

BreakingMayoral election: James Palmer becomes mayor

Conservative candidate James Palmer has become the first mayor for the combined authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

More to follow...

Mayoral election: Result due shortly

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

I'm being told the final result is imminent.

Stay tuned...

Hertfordshire's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

In Hertfordshire, the Conservative party gained 133,577 votes in yesterday's local election - 46.05% of the vote.

It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English county council elections.  

Mayoral election: More results announced

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Second round of counting has finished in a number of the council areas. Huntingdon were first to declare, which you can see further down the feed.

Here are the latest figures...

East Cambridgeshire

  • James Palmer (Conservative) - 1,125
  • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 1,799

Fenland

  • James Palmer (Conservative) - 1,599
  • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 1,086

Peterborough

  • James Palmer (Conservative) - 3,040
  • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 2,516

South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge still to declare.

Weather: Mild tonight, cloudy and cooler tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening it will be staying mostly fine with some areas of cloud at times. One or two spots of drizzle possible overnight, but staying mild.

Winds will be moderate, with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather map
BBC

It will be a rather cloudy start to the day tomorrow. Generally cloudier than today with some brighter spells, but feeling cooler.

Winds light to moderate and highs of 10C (50F) on the coast and 14C (57F) inland.

There's more at BBC Weather.

County council election: Tories extend control

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The Conservatives have increased their control of Northamptonshire County Council.

They've reached 37 seats, one more than their total in 2013, with nine left to declare.

Labour have 11 councillors so far, matching their tally from last time.

The Lib Dems have lost three of their six seats - two to Labour and the other to the Tories. Their other three seats have yet to declare.

UKIP have so far lost two of their three councillors.

County council election: UKIP 'getting a bit of a kicking'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Keith Hudson
bbc

UKIP have suffered big losses in local elections across the country. On Northamptonshire County Council they've lost two of their three seats so far - Brackley and Daventry West - to the Tories.

Keith Hudson is the UKIP candidate for Oakley - currently a Labour seat - and admitted he wasn't feeling confident about his chances. 

He said: "UKIP is getting a bit of a kicking. 

"We can just live in hope, can't we. Keep looking upwards until you go down." 

Helicopter crash: 'Hero' paramedic praised

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Investigations are now under way at the site of single squirrel helicopter crash at Wycombe Air Park, close to High Wycombe, this morning. 

Helicopter investigations
BBC

Three men are currently being treated in hospital and one man has life-threatening injuries.  

Praise has been given to the emergency services who attended, as well as an off-duty paramedic who was on the site at the time and has been called a "hero".

Helicopter crash
BBC

Andy Nunnen, a ground services manager at the airfield who praised the paramedic for helping out, described hearing the fire alarm that alerted staff to a crash. 

He said he then saw the helicopter on its side, with smoke coming out of its engine gear box area.

Helicopter crash
BBC

He said at first he felt "shock initially, but then the training kicks in and you've got to keep a calm head in that situation, and just make sure these people are OK". 

"The helicopter itself it just a piece of machinery - it's the people that are inside that we were concerned for," he said.

County council election: Lib Dem leader warns of Tory cuts

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

As we reported earlier, the Liberal Democrats suffered a major blow with their local leader, Brendan Glynane, losing his Delapre seat to Labour.

Asked about the possible increase in the Tory majority at County Hall, Mr Glynane said: "I think they will be emboldened by this.

"The finances are not sorted, there is nothing left in the bank.

"I think you will see some severe cuts." 

Labour's Julie Davenport has taken the Delapre & Rushmere seat. Mr Glynane said he suffered due to the three-way split in the ward.  

Mayoral election: Huntingdon declares second round votes

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Final tallies for the second round of voting are starting to come in, with Huntingdon the first to declare.

The results are as follows...

  • James Palmer (Conservative) - 3,246
  • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 2,995

Other results to follow.

County council election: Tories retain control

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

So, the Conservatives have reached that magic number of seats - 29 - just over half of the 57 seats on Northamptonshire County Council, meaning they retain overall control.

In fact, as things stand, they now have 32 councillors with 15 seats to be declared. They won 36 in 2013.

Labour are into double figures. A second gain from the Liberal Democrats - the St George's seat - takes their total to 10.

Mayoral election: 'I am delighted', says Green candidate

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Green Party candidate Julie Howell has been reacting to her party's first round vote count of 12,628 - which wasn't enough to see her through to the second round of voting.

She says she is "over the moon with the result".

"There's no commiserations for us," Ms Howell said.

Julie Howell
BBC

"We are the Green Party and I just want to remind everybody how high we are punching above our weight.

"I'm really proud of what we've done. I'm really proud of Peterborough for smashing the 20% turnout mark.

"On all these levels, I'm delighted."

BreakingConservatives retain control of the county council

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The Tories have reached 29 seats meaning they retain control of Northamptonshire County Council.

County council election: How the papers reported it

The big story of the day in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire has been the local election results that have been coming in overnight and this morning. 

Here's how the local papers have reported them. 

  • The Hertfordshire Mercury explains there were gains for the Conservaties and the Liberal Democrats at the expense of the Labour Party.
  • UKIP and Labour no longer represented at county council, is the focus for The Bucks Herald
  • While the Watford Observer features a leaflet row between councillors. 

County council elections: Not the time to be 'complacent', says Tory politician

Roberto Perrone

BBC Three Counties Radio

After taking an even larger majority on Buckinghamshire County Council, Conservative councillor Mark Shaw told me he's "delighted" with the Tory gains in the local elections. 

He said he's "grateful" as his majority in Chesham increased by "400%". 

He added that now was not the time to be complacent, as "what's really important as a party is that we don't go home tonight, put our feet up and ignore people over the next month - we have got to be out there campaigning and fighting for every vote [in the general election]".

Local count in Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire County Council

County council election: Halfway stage

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Just over half of the 57 seats up for grabs on Northamptonshire County Council have now been declared.

With 29 results in, here's the situation so far:

The Conservatives have won 22 seats including three gains - from Labour, UKIP and an independent councillor - and no losses. They won 36 seats in the 2013 election.

Labour's tally stands at seven - including one gain from the Lib Dem group leader, Brendan Glynane, who loses his Delapre seat. They previously had 11 councillors. Mick Scrimshaw has held on to the Northall seat. He's also the party's general election candidate for Kettering. 

UKIP have lost one of their three seats on the council so far, with Brackley going to the Tories.

No wins for the Liberal Democrats yet. They won six seats last time.

And a reminder that the winning post is 29. Any party that reaches this number of seats will have overall control of Northamptonshire County Council.

Mayoral election: Second round count under way

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Bedford nightclub closed down after 'violent incidents'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A Bedford nightclub has been closed down after having its licence revoked. 

Police called for a review after a number of violent incidents at Vibe on St Peters Street on 25 March. 

Its license was initially suspended in March, but was taken away at a full review hearing this week at Bedford Borough Hall. 

Vibe nightclub
Google

Mayoral election: James Palmer being congratulated by candidates after first round

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Counting continues at Soham where representatives of all the main parties are pacing across the counting hall.

And obvious to all are the huge piles stacking up for the Conservative candidate James Palmer.

He's been the front runner throughout the campaign and he's already been congratulated by the Green Party candidate Julie Howell and Labour's Kevin Price.

Asked how he was was feeling, he said it was "too soon to say" but "things are going well".

"If it was first past the post then I'd be more confident," he said.

Second round counting begins shortly.

Mayoral election: First round results in full

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

  • James Palmer (Conservative) - 76,064
  • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 47,026
  • Kevin Price (Labour) - 37,297
  • Paul Bullen (UKIP) - 15,931
  • Julie Howell (Green) - 12,628
  • Peter Dawe (Independent) - 9,176
  • Stephen Goldspink (Eng Dem) 2,256

James Palmer and Rod Cantrill go through to the second round.

BreakingMayoral election: Conservative and Lib Dem candidates through to second round

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The Tory and Lib Dem candidates to be the first mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have progressed to the second round after no candidate reached 50% of the votes needed to win.

  • James Palmer (Conservative) - 76,064 total votes
  • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 47,026 total votes

The five other candidates have been eliminated.

Mayoral election: Lib Dems lead in Cambridge

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Cambridge have just declared, with the result as follows...

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Lib Dem's Rod Cantrill leads, with Kevin Price of Labour in second.

Mayoral election: South Cambridgeshire declares

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

South Cambridgeshire has posted the region's results for the mayoral election, with Conservative James Palmer once more coming out on top.

Rod Cantrill has come in a fairly close second for the Lib Dems, in the part of the county that backed Remain the EU Referendum.

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County council election: Bucks over and out