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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 7 June, 2017
  2. Roads re-open in Royston after two unexploded WW2 shells were discovered
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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the live news team after a momentous general election result.

Many Conservative MPs were returned to their seats with increased votes but the night belonged to Labour.

Mohammad Yasin took Bedford for Labour, ousting Tory Robert Fuller; UKIP collapsed where they had candidates but were missing from many constituencies, and successful MPs urged Prime Minister Theresa May to concentrate on Brexit negotiations.

To get more detail on an extraordinary general election day and its fallout, please scroll down.

If there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via the "Getting involved" button at the top of the page.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, updating you on the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens, so goodbye until then.

Firefighters tackle flames from dustcart

A dustcart caught alight in Cheshunt earlier, bringing firefighters from across Hertfordshire to help.

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PC sacked after bullying claim proven

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A police constable has been sacked for bullying, being rude and lacking respect for a woman when he stopped her car on private land.

PC Neil Bevan, based at Amersham, was dismissed following a misconduct hearing at Thames Valley Police HQ in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police HQ
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On 11 August 2016, the officer stopped a member of the public in her vehicle which he threatened to seize.

He took the woman's keys and issued the woman with a traffic offence ticket.

He gave her the impression he would report her to the DVLA and/or take further action against her, the hearing was told.

His behaviour was proven to be was abrupt, rude, bullying and/or lacking in respect and courtesy.

Deputy chief constable John Campbell said: "We expect all of our officers to uphold high standards of behaviour and to treat the public with respect at all times, and any allegations of behaviour that do not meet those standards are rigorously investigated.

"In this instance, PC Bevan's actions fell far below the standards of what we, and most importantly the public, expect of police officers."

Former attorney general backs May as MP

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Dominic Grieve, the MP for Beaconsfield and former attorney general, has said he is not one of the Conservatives with knives out for Prime Minister Theresa May and that he is backing her to carry on.

Dominic Grieve
Peter Macdiarmid

Before Mrs May went to Buckingham Palace to seek permission to form a minority government he told the BBC: "Seeing that the Queen's government has got to be carried on and there is no party apart from the Conservative Party capable of acting as the government, the idea that it would be in the national interest to change the prime minister at this stage seems to me to be a little far-fetched."

Cloud makes way for dry weather and warm temperatures

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Once the last of any showers have cleared it’ll be a largely dry night, although we could have some thicker cloud in to the west of the region by morning and possibly some outbreaks of rain too.

The winds overnight will turn form a light south-westerly to the south and temperatures falling to around 12C (54F).

The greatest risk of some rain will be in the west of the region on Saturday morning but for many of us it’ll be a dry day with some long sunny spells developing.

The winds will pick up to a moderate south to south-westerly and temperatures reaching around 23C (73F). However, there is the potential for highs of 26C (79F) in some spots.

Weather map for Saturday, 10 July
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Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down lorry.

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Crews put out Bedford Burger King blaze

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

In other news today, a police and fire service investigation is under way in Bedford, after a blaze at Burger King at the town's Interchange Retail Park.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue said crews were called at about 03:10 after being alerted by a passer-by who saw smoke coming from the building. The blaze was put out by 06:10.

Station commander Lorraine Moore, who was at the fire, said “approximately 10% of the building was destroyed by fire and 100% smoke damaged".

Fire at Burger King, Bedford
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Fire at Burger King, Bedford
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Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe accident, between J3 for A40 and J2 for A355.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 London-bound between J3, A40 (High Wycombe East) and J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of an accident.

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Lib Dem president rules out coalition with Labour... and Tories

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

According to Hertfordshire's Baroness Sal Brinton, the president of the Liberal Democrats, her party, who gained four seats, have ruled out forming a coalition with Labour.

But she said a coalition with Theresa May and the Conservatives wasn't an option either.

She said: "We absolutely won't do it; you've got to have some core principles about the major piece of work that any government's going to do over the term of its government, and if Theresa May has made it plain that that is Brexit - more than that, it's hard Brexit - we just start from such polarised opposite positions that I cannot see how we would work with her."

Gavin Shuker: 'We fought a spirited campaign'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Labour's Gavin Shuker, who held his seat in Luton South, has been talking about the "incredible move" to go from a majority of 5,000 to nearly 14,000.

"I have to say six weeks ago when Theresa May first called this election there was a very real possibility that we might lose but we fought a spirited campaign here and people have rewarded it," he said.

Gavin Shuker
Labour Party

Support for Conservatives increases in safe territory

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Many parts of Hertfordshire represent "safe Tory territory" and sitting MPs were able to consolidate their support in spite of big swings to Labour.

Conservative Oliver Heald boosted his share of the vote in Hertfordshire North East by 3.3% to take a 58.6% share with Labour's Doug Swanney trailing on 28.3%. UKIP again failed to field a candidate.

Mike Penning held Hemel Hempstead for the Tories witha 9,445 majority and 55% of the vote, a 2.1% boost, with Labour's Mandi Tattershall increasing her share by 13.1% to take 36.9%.

In Hertsmere Conservative Oliver Dowden took a 61.1% share following a marginal 1.8% increase with Fiona Smith for Labour on 28.7% and UKIP's David Hoy losing 9.7% of his party's vote share.

David Gauke in Hertfordshire South West won 57.9% of the vote share for the Tories with Rob Wakely boosting Labour's share by 9.4%, exactly the amount lost by UKIP.

UKIP's failure to field candidates boosts two leading parties

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

UKIP failed to field candidates in several Hertfordshire constituencies, and after its leader Paul Nuttall resigned after a "woeful showing" overall, he said: "A new era must begin with a new leader."

Stevenage was a close-run contest with Conservative Stephen McPartland retaining the seat with 50.3% of the vote including a 5.7% increase in support.

In second place was Labour's Sharon Taylor with 43.4% of the vote, boosted by a 9.2% increase.

Conservative Mark Prisk held on to Hertford and Stortford, boosting his party's support by 4.2% to take 60.3% of the vote share, leaving Labour trailing on 28.6% despite a 10.7% boost in its support.

In Broxbourne Conservative Charles Walker took 62.2% of the vote with Labour's Selina Norgrove on 28.9% after a 10.75% boost to her share, while UKIP slumped by 15.7% to leave it with only 4%, slightly ahead of the Lib Dems on 3.1%.

In St Albans Conservative Anne Main held on to the seat with 43.1% of the vote from the Lib Dems' Daisy Cooper on 32.4%.

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What happened in Hertfordshire overnight

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

If you're browsing through the results for Hertfordshire, the Tories have held on to their key seats.

Many sitting MPs and contenders saw their share of their vote increase as UKIP was absent from several constituencies.

In Welwyn Hatfield, Conservative Grant Shapps boosted his vote by 0.7% while Labour's Anawar Miah took a 10.6% increase, mainly from UKIP supporters.

In Hitchin and Harpenden, where the turnout was 77.4%, Bim Afolami held onto the seat despite a 3.8% fall in support in a constituency that UKIP failed to fight.

Labour's John Hayes saw his share increase by 11.9% and Hugh Annand of the Lib Dems in third place received a 2.5% boost.

What happened to Labour overnight in Bedfordshire?

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Labour increased its share of the vote across many parts of Bedfordshire and its leader Jeremy Corbyn is now calling for the party to form a minority administration.

Labour's Gavin Shuker held Luton South with an 18.2% boost to his support giving him an overall 62.4% share of the vote, while Dean Russell increase the Tory share by 1.6% both at the cost of UKIP and other minority parties.

In Luton North Kelvin Hopkins also saw a rise of 11.6% in his vote to give an overall showing of 63.8% while Caroline Kerswell boosted the Conservatives by 3.1%. Both benefited from UKIP not fielding a candidate.

Bedfordshire South West is safe territory for the Conservatives with Andrew Selous polling 59.2% of the vote with a 4.3% boost. Labour's Daniel Scott put up a good fight, increasing his share by 13.5% in a constituency where UKIP was again absent.

In Mid-Bedfordshire Nadine Dorries was triumphant with a 5.6% increase in her vote to give her a 61.7% share. Labour were left trailing despite a 12.6% boost, again with no UKIP candidate to upset them.

What happened in Bedfordshire overnight

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

If you're browsing through the election results for Bedfordshire you will see that most MPs retained their seats and the only upset was in Bedford where Labour's Mohammad Yasin ousted Conservative Richard Fuller.

But it has been a rough ride nationally for the Conservative Party with Prime Minister Theresa May resisting calls for her to resign after losing her overall majority in the House of Commons.

Mr Fuller increased his share of the poll by 2.6% but was outstripped by Mr Yasin's 6.6% boost with both men taking votes from UKIP, who did not field a candidate, as well as the smaller parties.

In Bedfordshire North East, Alistair Burt took nearly 61% of the vote with Labour a long way back on 28.5% despite a 12.7% boost, mostly taken from UKIP.

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, before J24 for A111 affecting J21A for A405.

M25 Hertfordshire - Delays, one lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise before J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down lorry. Travel time is 20 minutes. Congestion to J21a, A405 (St Albans).

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David Gauke: Brexit talks 'need continuity'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Treasury Secretary David Gauke, who was re-elected in South West Hertfordshire, has said that whatever happens now, the upcoming Brexit talks need continuity.

He said: "What is really important for the country is that we get those negotiations right and there is not an unlimited time here; the clock is already ticking, Article 50 has been triggered and we need a government that can get on and negotiate that deal."

David Gauke
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Steve Baker: 'Duty to support May's government'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The Conservative MP for Wycombe Steve Baker has been talking about the current situation, where Theresa May is due to ask permission to form a government, despite losing her Commons majority.

Mr Baker has said that it was Tory MPs' "duty now to support" Mrs May's government.

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Bedford's new MP puts success down to 'hard-working campaign team'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Labour's Mohammad Yasin took the Bedford seat from Conservative Richard Fuller by fewer than 800 votes.

He told the BBC he put the win down to a hard-working campaign team and that the party “raised issues people were concerned about”.

Mr Yasin said issues on the doorstep included Bedford Hospital - which could lose services to Milton Keynes Hospital - plus "unfair funding to the police and the lack of funds to schools".

“I will work with the government to get more funding for schools, for Beds Police, for the NHS and Bedford Hospital,” he said.

The new MP said he was not surprised at Jeremy Corbyn’s success and said Theresa May "needs to go now".

Guinea pig predicts election result

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

In what seems like a lifetime ago, shortly after the polls closed, we tweeted this footage of guinea pig Scrabble predicting the outcome of the election.

Well, it seems that a guinea pig has the same powers of perception as an exit poll.

Owner Hannah A'Court said Scrabble "loved his five minutes of fame".

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What happened in Buckinghamshire overnight

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

If you're browsing through the results this morning in a bit of a daze, the Tories have held on to their key seats in Buckinghamshire but it's been a rough ride for them nationally with Prime Minister Theresa May now resisting calls for her to resign.

Conservative Mark Lancaster in Milton Keynes North increased his vote by 0.2% but was chased to the finish by Charlynne Pullen for Labour who swept up defectors from UKIP, the Lib Dems and the Green Party to increase her party's share of the vote by 14% to come within 2,000 votes of taking the seat.

In Milton Keynes South, Conservative Iain Stewart also saw a marginal increase in his vote of 0.7% to win by 1,725 votes from Labour's Hannah O'Neill who saw a 12.7% boost to her vote, picking up support from the same minority parties.

Speaker John Bercow's Buckingham seat was uncontested by Labour and the Lib Dems but UKIP lost 13.8% of its vote from the last General Election, finishing fourth behind the Greens' Michael Sheppard and independent Scott Raven.

Milton Keynes South: Conservative hold

Milton Keynes South
BBC

Iain Stewart MP: 'We made errors' but 'May should stay'

Jonathan Vernon-Smith

BBC Three Counties Radio

Conservative MP Iain Stewart, who retained his seat in Milton Keynes South, has told me that Theresa May should stay on as prime minister.

Iain Stewart
Conservative Party

Mr Stewart said he thought it "wasn't a mistake" to call the election but there were "clearly errors made in our campaign".

"We allowed ourselves to get the focus of the campaign on issues other than the critical ones in front of the country, and that is delivering Brexit," he said.

He added that the Conservatives "did not present [the party's social care policy] in the right way" but when asked if Mrs May must now step down he said "no, absolutely not".

"She remains the prime minister if you look at the constitutional process... she has the first right to form a new government," he said.

A long old night...

It's been a busy shift in the BBC's Cambridge newsroom...

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Election special

BBC Look East

BBC Look East is coming live very shortly on BBC One with an election special, featuring all the fallout from the general election.

Labour's Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner will be giving his thoughts on the extraordinary night, along with Stewart Jackson who lost his Tory seat to Labour in Peterborough.

Mohammad Yasin, the new Labour MP for Bedford, and UKIP's Peter Reeve will also feature, along with analysis from Dr Sean Lang from Anglia Ruskin University.

Remotes at the ready!

Bercow to ask Parliament to look at 'less than ideal' Buckingham situation

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, who's been re-elected in Buckingham, has said he has noted the "very large number of spoiled ballot papers" and will be speaking to the House of Commons procedure committee about the situation in the constituency.

John Bercow
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Buckingham is a seat with a difference because as speaker, Bercow's role in Parliament is neutral, so traditionally the major parties have agreed not to stand against him.

This situation has led to frustration with more spoiled ballots in the 2015 election than anywhere else, and an online petition "Give Us a Voice, not a Speaker" launched several years ago.

This election saw 1,967 spoiled ballot papers.

Mr Bercow said he was "conscious of and sensitive to the strong feeling which exists amongst a great many people of all political persuasions" that the system in the constituency is "less than ideal".

He said: "I hope people will understand that it is not for the speaker to change that system.

"But as I have said before... it is my commitment to report to my colleagues and in particular to the relevant committee of the House, the very large number of spoilt ballot papers, expressions of discontent and to ask my colleague on that committee to look at the system and to assess from available options whether they think a better arrangement could be put in place."

Video: Labour's Mohammad Yasin wins Bedford seat

Bedford welcomes new MP

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Before the results came in there was talk that the political scene could change in Milton Keynes and Watford, but they stayed Conservative.

So that just left Bedford to turn red, where Mohammad Yasin is the new MP, replacing Richard Fuller who was elected in 2010.

The new politician has been celebrating in Bedford, where his new role has been welcomed by some.

Bedford count
BBC

David from Bedford told me he voted Labour from Conservative for the very first time as Theresa May "refused to commit to protecting the public service".

Alison Glazebrook woke up very happy when she heard the news and says: "It's the result I was hoping for."

Watch: The moment Bedford went from blue to red

BBC Look East

This is the moment the biggest shock of the night happened in Bedfordshire, with Bedford and Kempston going from Conservative to Labour.

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Milton Keynes South MP reveals personal difficulties during campaign

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The newly-elected Conservative MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, has responded to criticism that he hadn't been very visible during the election campaign.

After his re-election he revealed to the BBC that his father had been very ill and had a serious operation.

He said he was now recovering.

Iain Stewart
Conservative Party

The clear up begins

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

For anyone joining us just now, all the results are now in for Beds, Bucks and Herts.

The main news is that all seats stayed the same, except for in Bedford and Kempston where Richard Fuller lost his Conservative seat to Mohammed Yasin for Labour.

We expected counts to still be coming in by now, but most people have gone home and the clear up has well and truly started in Welwyn Hatfield.

Empty room
Welwyn Hatfield Council

How the papers reported it

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Here's how some of the local papers have reported on the election results.

  • The Bedfordshire On Sunday reports on the biggest shock of the night locally in Bedford and Kempston, where Conservative Richard Fuller lost his seat to Labour's Mohammad Yasin by the narrowest of margins.
  • The Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser explains how John Bercow won in Buckingham, with none of the main parties standing against him.
  • The Conservative majority being slashed in Watford features in the Watford Observer.

MPs tweet winning thanks

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

"Honour" and "privilege" - these seem to be the key words from the newly-elected MPs as they tweet their thanks to those who voted for them.

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Turnout table

Gareth Lloyd

BBC Three Counties Radio

Here's the turnout table for Beds, Herts & Bucks.

You can see which constituency had the biggest turnout across the three counties.

Turnout graph
BBC

Top of the polls

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

How much has turnout increased since 2015 in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire?

Map
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St Albans: Lib Dems 'deluged' city with leaflets

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

One of the seats we've been watching has been St Albans, where the Conservative MP Ann Main faced criticism for being a Brexit supporter in a city which voted to Remain.

It was a major target seat for the Lib Dems, with leader Tim Farron visiting the city three times during the election campaign. It also became a very orange-looking city covered in posters, banners and leaflets.

But it wasn't to be for Lib Dem candidate Daisy Cooper, who while managing to slash Mrs Main's majority to 6,109 from 12,732, still came in second place.

St Albans leaflets
BBC
Leaflets from the past two weeks delivered to one St Albans resident

Mrs Main said: "If you could buy votes with leaflets I'm not surprised they've made some headway here, we've been deluged with leaflets," she said.

"But they are still some considerable way behind."

Ms Cooper said: "Obviously we're disappointed not to win but we have established ourselves as the key opposition party.

"As an opposition party, I'm sure [Ann Main] doesn't like the fact that we put out lots of leaflets but we hear time and time again from people in St Albans that we're the only people they hear from... they appreciate having a really clear steer on what it is we stand for."

East analysis: A night that belonged to Labour

Deborah McGurran

BBC East political editor

It has been a shocking night for the Conservatives in this region while Labour celebrated three gains across the East.

The Liberal Democrats held on to their only seat but UKIP failed in their bid to regain Clacton.

Labour wrestled Peterborough, Ipswich and Bedford from the Conservatives and returned thumping majorities in Luton North and Norwich South, where Clive Lewis's majority more than doubled.

Labour's biggest increase was in Cambridge, where MP Daniel Zeichner in Cambridge took his majority from about 600 to 12,500.

The Conservatives' high point was regaining Clacton, but elsewhere majorities were reduced across the board and they failed to take North Norfolk from the Liberal Democrats. Despite a concerted campaign by the Conservatives to take the seat, Norman Lamb held on with only a slightly reduced majority.

Elsewhere, it was not a good night for the Liberal Democrats, with both Bob Russell, in Colchester, and Julian Huppert, in Cambridge, failing to regain seats they once held.

UKIP's share of the vote has dropped by 14% across the region and the Liberal Democrats stayed stubbornly flat on 7%. Although the Conservatives' vote share did increase by 6%, it was overtaken by Labour who increased their share by 11%.

The map of the East remains resolutely blue, but the night definitely belonged to Labour.