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  1. Updates on Monday, 4 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished

That's all for today.

You can read more on Andrea Leadsom's bid to become prime minister here, or scroll down to see our live coverage of the South Northamptonshire MP's leadership campaign launch.

Tomorrow, Conservative MPs vote in the first round of the contest and we expect Mrs Leadsom to make it through.

We'll also continue our build-up to the British Grand Prix and look at how the national teachers' strike is affecting schools in Northamptonshire.

See you tomorrow at 08:00.

Weather: Some rain tonight, but sunny tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening cloud will continue to thicken and may produce an odd spot of rain but it'll be warm, with temperatures falling to about 14C (57F).


The last of any rain and drizzle should quickly clear Tuesday morning to leave a largely fine and dry day with some spells of sunshine. Temperatures reaching about 21C (70F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

James Acaster: 'I can teach Lindsay Lohan a special football chant'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Kettering comedian James Acaster has written an open letter to actress Lindsay Lohan in the Guardian explaining to her some of the sights in the town she can take in IF she turns on its Christmas lights, as she said she would on Twitter.

James Acaster

It follows an "offensive" tweet about the town on EU referendum night after it voted Leave, with Kettering MP Philip Hollobone telling the Commons she can redeem herself if she can get in the Christmas spirit.

The multi-award nominated comedian says Ms Lohan can get "discounts on Rollover hotdogs" at Wicksteed Park as he used to work there.

He also urges the US actress to visit the Weetabix factory in Burton Latimer, saying "you can smell it always, no matter where you are", and says he can teach her a "special football chant if you like, only for hardcore Kettering fans". 

Manager of unbeaten school team applies for England job

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The coach of a primary school football team has applied for the England job, saying he is the "perfect candidate" to succeed Roy Hodgson.

As reported in the Daventry Express, Sam Chambers, coach of Weedon Bec Primary School, sent his CV to the FA after England crashed out of Euro 2016 and Hodgson stepped down.

Mr Chambers (left) said in his letter he had guided his side to an unbeaten campaign - even though they faced "mighty teams such as Woodford Halse CE Primary Academy".  

Sam Chambers/Roy Hodgson
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Ladbrokes has made him a 1,000/1 outsider for the job.

Jessica Bridge from the bookmaker said: "Stranger things have happened in the last 12 months, like Leicester City winning the Premier League, so it's not out of the realms of possibility.

"Sam enters the record books as one of the greatest sporting underdogs of all time."

Rushden man jailed for 15 years for part in 'drug ambulance' smuggling plot

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Six men, including one from Northamptonshire, have been jailed for distributing drugs imported in specially-modified ambulances.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the quantities of cocaine, heroin and ecstasy involved were "truly colossal".

Dutch Ambulance

Darren Owen, 48, from Balham Close, Rushden, was given 15 years for conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs.

Five others were sentenced for between 11 and 20 years.

The drugs were hidden in secret compartments, sealed with riveted panels, inside Dutch ambulances entering the UK by ferry ports.

Investigators believe there were at least 45 trips involving drugs, which had a street value of £1.6bn.

Conservative Party leadership: Leadsom in second place with MPs

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Conservative MPs have been revealing who they are backing in the race to take over from David Cameron as prime minister.

At the current count, the MP for South Northamptonshire has 38 nods, 12 ahead of Michael Gove, but 74 behind front-runner Theresa May...

Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom

You can see who your MP is backing (unless your MP is Andrea Leadsom) by heading to the BBC News website.

Olly Stone: Northants receive eight approaches for bowler

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Eight counties have made a 28-day approach for Northamptonshire's Olly Stone, despite the pace bowler being sidelined by a knee injury.

Stone, 22, is likely to miss the rest of 2016 after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in June.

olly stone
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"Whether he'll want to see all eight, maybe not. But I'm sure he'll pick out some and see what they've got to say," said director of cricket David Ripley.

Ripley continued to BBC Radio Northampton: "He's assured us he'll come back to us and see what we've got to say and we're still hopeful he'll stay."

Police investigating assault in Hardingstone underpass

Craig Lewis

BBC News

I've just had some details regarding the incident that has led to the underpass at the end of Hardingstone Lane being cordoned off.

Area cordoned off in Hardingstone Lane

Northamptonshire Police say officers received a call at 11:00 to a report of an assault, which allegedly took place in the area in the early hours of the morning.

Forensic officers are currently at the scene and an investigation has been launched.

Man stabbed at the Racecourse in Northampton

A man has been stabbed as he walked in the Racecourse in Northampton.

The 31-year-old was walking near to Kettering Road, between 20:00 and 20:45 on Saturday, 25 June, when two men approached and assaulted him, leaving him with a stab wound to the abdomen.


The victim ran off towards Abington Grove and was later taken to hospital for treatment. 

Police have appealed for witnesses and put descriptions of the two attackers on their website.

Weather: Cloudy but dry

BBC Weather Watchers

After a sunny start there is some cloud rolling in over Northamptonshire. Here is Moulton from BBC Weather Watcher 'Adders'...


Howver, it should stay dry until at least the late afternoon. It will feel warm in any sunshine and in the light breeze with a high of 20C (68F).

There more details on the BBC Weather website.

Underpass cordoned off in Hardingstone

Craig Lewis

BBC News

An area including the underpass at the top of Hardingstone Lane in Hardingstone, by the Queen Eleanor roundabout, has been cordoned off by police.

Cordoned off area on Hardingstone Lane

I've put in a call to Northamptonshire Police to find out what's happened there.

As soon as I hear anything, you will too.

Is Northants' bowler Stone on his way to Hampshire?

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Hampshire have also made a 28-day approach for Northants' fast bowler Olly Stone.

Olly stone
Getty Images

The 22-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season, but he is sidelined with a knee injury for the rest of the season.

Counties can make approaches for out-of-contract players by giving 28 days' notice of their intention to speak to them.

Northants' seamer Gleeson signs new deal

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Meanwhile, Northants' seam bowler Richard Gleeson has signed a new three-year deal to begin in 2017.

Richard Gleeson
Getty Images

The 28-year-old had never played a professional game ahead of last summer's tour match against Australia.

He has since appeared in 15 games across all three formats on a match-to-match basis, taking three wickets in both of his last two T20 appearances.

"His level of performance has been nothing short of sensational," said director of cricket David Ripley.

Blue skies and sunshine, but play abandoned at Chesterfield

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Look at this scene at Queen's Park in Chesterfield...


Hard to believe, but play has been abandoned for the first day of Northants' County Championship match against Derbyshire.  

They have been testing the bowler's run-ups and after some very concerned faces it was deemed too dangerous to play.

Yesterday's T20 between the two sides was also called off despite the sunshine due to a waterlogged outfield, caused by the wet weather of late.

Leadsom leadership bid

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

So far today we've covered the main points from Andrea Leadsom's bid to become the new leader of the Conservative party and prime minister.

Scroll down to read what happened as her campaign was officially launched just after 11:00. You can also read more about it, and how she compares to her rivals on the BBC News website.

Andrea Leadsom

MPs will vote in the first round of contest tomorrow. If there are any further developments today we'll bring them to you, but now we'll look at what else is happening in Northamptonshire.

Leadsom leadership bid: An analysis

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith described it as an "assured performance" and speeches like today are important for Andrea Leadsom's profile, as she starts from a position of being less well known than Theresa May and Michael Gove.

andrea leadsom

She tried to sell herself as a true "brexiteer" but also telling those who voted Remain not to "be afraid".

Pledging to tackle corporate pay-offs and other forms of City excess, she said the "rich would not be a priority" for her.

She didn't talk about being a mother, as she's fond off, but did say: "I know as a woman how to succeed in a man's world."

In a time of political surprises, it will be a big one if Andrea Leadsom is able to move from being an unknown energy minister to taking the UK's biggest job. 

Leadsom: 'My real passion is desire for social justice'

Andrea Leadsom: 'I commit to guarantee rights of EU friends'

Andrea Leasom: 'We are choosing freedom'

Andrea Leadsom's pitch in a nutshell

Watch: Can the UK really leave the EU by Christmas?

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

Leadsom talks of 'workers' rights and aspirations'

Andrea Leadsom said the 'Northern Powerhouse' project would be "supercharged", recalling that Sunderland was one of the first places to record a Leave vote. And there would be an early decision on increasing airport capacity in the UK.

Andrea Leadsom

The MP for South Northamptonshire also said housing was a key priority to help the "aspirations of working people".

She added that workers' rights would be "protected and enhanced" under her leadership and she attacked unjustified boardroom bonuses and pay rises, saying too few people in the financial sector were held to account following the 2008 crash.

Leadsom makes commitments on immigration and the NHS

Andrea Leadsom said the vote to leave the EU was "a great moment in history" and added: "The result is final. It must be respected and I will respect it."  

Andrea Leadsom

She continued: "Freedom of movement will end and the British parliament will decide how many people enter our country each year."

She also appeared willing to return to another promise made by the Leave campaign, saying: "Billions of pounds more will be invested in the NHS from the savings we make from cancelling our EU membership fee."

Leave negotiations should be 'as short as possible'

Andrea Leadsom says she wants to keep negotiations on leaving the EU "as short as possible" to avoid "prolonged uncertainty".

A member of the cabinet would be dedicated to these negotiations - consulting businesses, farmers, trade unions and others. 

She said devolved institutions would also be consulted, saying: "I will do everything in my power to keep the United Kingdom united."

Andrea Leadsom

The South Northamptonshire MP also committed to reducing the UK's deficit, saying "we have to get our house in order".

Leadsom: EU citizens in the UK not 'bargaining chips'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Andrea Leadsom told her launch for the leadership of the Conservative party that she, as prime minister, would guarantee the rights of "EU friends" who are already working in the UK, adding "they will not be bargaining chips" as Britain looks to exit the EU.

Andrea Leadsom

Earlier Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who backs Theresa May, told BBC Radio Four's Today programme that it would be "absurd" to promise, before negotiations, that EU citizens can stay once the UK leaves the EU.

Leadsom's leadership launch: View from the press

Andrea Leadsom's leadership launch was at a packed Cinnamon Club in Westminster. 

There were plenty of MPs there, but also members of the political press pack. Here's what they made of it, starting with the Guardian's Lisa O'Carroll...

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This the Telegraph's political sketch writer Michael Deacon...

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While the Times Philip Collins wasn't quite so kind...

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Leadsom says UK will leave the EU and 'can become the greatest country on Earth'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Andrea Leadsom has just finished her speech at the launch of her leadership bid to be the next PM. 

Here's a summary of what she said:

  • She said the UK will leave the EU and that freedom of movement of people will end
  • EU negotiations will be kept as short as possible
  • She attacked unjustified boardroom pay rises
  • There will be rapid decisions on airport expansion
  • She will guarantee rights of EU citizens who have already come here to live and work
  • Britain "can become the greatest country on Earth"

BreakingLeadsom: Britain will 'have freedom back'

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom says the EU referendum result is "the biggest moment in Europe since the Berlin Wall came down", saying "we will have our freedom back", as she unveils her bid to become the next prime minister.

More to follow.

Papers make Leadsom front page news

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

If people were unsure who Andrea Leadsom was, then they certainly will after this weekend's press coverage...


Papers have reported her being quizzed about publishing her tax returns on Andrew Marr's show and UKIP allegedly plotting to get her to become the next prime minister.

Even MPs can't get a seat at Leadsom leadership launch

Leadsom launches leadership bid in Westminster

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

It's standing room only at Andrea Leadsom's leadership campaign launch event in Westminster's Cinnamon Club...

Leadsom launch

We'll be bringing you what she says as the launch gets under way.

Peterborough MP backs Leadsom as next Tory leader

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

This morning Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has also backed Andrea Leadsom to be the next Tory leader.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, he said the former banker and fund manager was "a fresh face who had experience in the real world".

"She's pretty normal," he said.

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Leadsom gains more support for leadership bid

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

More MPs have come out in support of Andrea Leadsom's bid to become the next prime minister.

Among them is former Welsh secretary and leadership contender John Redwood.

John Redwood

In a blog post he says he consulted with "constituents, Conservative members and Association Officers", saying the MP for South Northamptonshire had the "largest number of favourable responses".

Mr Redwood adds he was "impressed by the work [Andrea Leadsom] did in the Vote Leave campaign", saying she "has a fresh and determined mind".

Farage standing down as UKIP leader

Meanwhile, in the national news we've just heard that Nigel Farage is to stand down as leader of the UK Independence Party.

Mr Farage said he had "done my bit" following the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU.

He added that the UK now needed a "Brexit prime minister".  

You can read the latest here

Nigel Farage

Leadsom will not publish tax returns... yet

Norman Smith

Assistant political editor

There have been questions over Andrea Leadsom's tax affairs after claims of offshore tax heavens.

Yesterday, on the Andrew Marr programme the South Northamptonshire MP was asked if she would publish her tax returns after Michael Gove did so.

Andrea Leadsom

Aides to Mrs Leadsom have told me this morning she will not publish her tax returns until and unless she reaches the final ballot of Conservative members.

Delayed start in County Championship

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The wet outfield caused yesterday's T20 match between Northants and Derbyshire to be abandoned. 

Already it's causing delays in today's County Championship clash despite the clear, bright skies...

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Leadsom: 'I genuinely want to make this country the greatest country on Earth'

Here's more from Andrea Leadsom's interview with Andrew Marr yesterday, where she spelt out why she thinks she should be prime minister...

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Leadsom: 'We need to get on with Brexit'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Conservative leadership hopeful and South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom was on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday.

She said the UK needs to "get a grip" and begin the process of leaving the EU. 

You can watch Mrs Leadsom's full interview with Andrew Marr by clicking or tapping on the video at the top of this page.

Leadsom leadership campaign launched today

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

She's appeared on TV, radio and across newspapers at the weekend, but today at 11:00 Andrea Leadsom will officially launch her bid to be the next prime minister.

Andrea Leadsom
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Although Home Secretary Theresa May is the front-runner, the South Northamptonshire MP is gaining more support as the "Brexit" candidate - both with MPs and grassroots Tory supporters.

We'll bring you the details from her launch as it happens.