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  1. Updates on Friday, 8 July 2016
  2. British Grand Prix weekend gets under way at Silverstone
  3. Andrea Leadsom is "real deal", says Iain Duncan Smith
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Pete Cooper

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Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00, but just before we go - James Burridge has been to meet some of the tens of thousands of Formula One fans from around the world who are heading to Northamptonshire as the British Grand Prix weekend gets under way.

Some, you could say, have come [under] dressed to impress for the occasion!

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Weather: Dry tonight and but rain tomorrow

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Staying mainly dry through this evening and tonight with lows of 12-14C (mid-50sF).


Mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain through the morning, clearing around midday leaving most places dry and a little brighter into the afternoon with highs of 23-25C (mid-70sF).

There's a chance of some heavy showery rain during the evening and overnight.

More details on the BBC Weather website.

'Mitigating measures' for deer framer during Silverstone flypast, says circuit

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Silverstone Circuit say that: "Following the 2015 Shoreham air disaster the rules regarding air displays have been significantly tightened and displaying aircraft are no longer able to over fly densely populated areas. 

"As such this has caused Silverstone and the RAF to review the display lines used at the 2016 British Grand Prix."


They continue: "As soon as it became clear that the flight paths of 2015 could not be used in 2016, Silverstone proactively engaged with Mr Lees-Millais and arranged a meeting with the Air Display Director in order to go through the flight plans and agree display lines to suit all parties.

"We believe the mitigating measures that we have put in place are appropriate..." 

Ddeer farmer says he fears some of his herd due to Silverstone flypast

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

A deer farmer from Northamptonshire says he fears that some of his herd could be killed as a result of a flying display due to take place at the British Grand Prix this weekend.

An RAF Typhoon jet is due to fly over Silverstone, but Colin Lees-Millais says the noise of the jet could cause his herd to stampede.

When a similar event took place in 2012, 18 deer were killed after being crushed when the herd bolted.  

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British Grand Prix: Farmer fears for deer due to Silverstone flypast

Problems on the M1 and Upton Way in Northampton

BBC Travel

The M1 between junction 16 and 17 northbound is very slow because of an accident.

While Upton Way in Northampton is closed in both directions between Sixfields and Danes Camp Way due to an accident.

There is also the one-way system in place between the M1 and Silverstone on the A43.

Lewis Hamilton top in British GP practice as Nico Rosberg goes out

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

It's a busy sports afternoon in the county today where at Silverstone Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has set the pace in second practice at the British Grand Prix as team-mate Nico Rosberg hits trouble.


Rosberg, the world championship leader, failed to do a single lap as his car suffered a water leak.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was second, 0.391 seconds off Hamilton and 0.235secs ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen.

Cricket: Northamptonshire opener selected for England Lions

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Ben Duckett, Northamptonshire's 21-year-old opening batsman, has been selection for the England second-string team the Lions for the 50-over Tri-Series against the A-teams of Pakistan and Sri Lanka later this month.

Duckett has been impressive in all formats this season and the selection underlines his potential.

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If selected he could have two games at Wantage Road against Sri Lanka A on Thursday, 21 July and against Pakistan A on Friday, 22 July.

But tonight he'll be against Nottinghamshire in the T20 Blast. We'll have live commentary from 18:00.

Wimbledon's unsung hero Northamptonshire's Rufus the Hawk

BBC Sport

As Wimbledon draw to a close we've taken a look behind-the-scenes and every day of the tournament is an early start for bird scarer Rufus the Hawk from Brigstock, who flies from 05:00 to 09:00.

Rufus the Hawk

Falconer Imogen Davis says his optimum weight is 1lb 6oz - perfect for chasing pigeons.

"He's king of the Centre Court," says Imogen, who has helped look after the bird, aged nine, since he was 16 months old.

Watch: Andrea Leadsom supporter on why she should be Tory leader

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Watch: Next stage in picking new Tory leader and PM

Andrew Neil

Presenter, The Daily Politics

Guide to the Conservative leadership race

Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom
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More now on the Tory leadership battle where Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom are in the final round of the contest to become Conservative Party leader and prime minister. 

How will it unfold?

Weather: Sunny spells and warm

BBC Weather Watchers

The cloud has cleared and now there are blue skies across Northamptonshire...


It'll feel pleasantly warm in any sunshine this afternoon with a high of 22C (72F).

There are more details on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather... and if you're off to the British Grand Prix Ian Fergusson has been taking a look at the weather in store.

Government help and increase in steel price mean Tata in no rush to sell

Tata is expected to delay the sale of much of its UK business to consider the options and assess the impact of the UK's vote to leave the European Union.

The government has been trying to help with a £700m deficit in the British Steel Pension fund by consulting on drawing up special legislation to lower pension benefits for many of the fund's 130,000 members.

Tata Steel

In the meantime, the price of steel has increased, reducing pressure on Tata to sell.

But a delay may only provide short-term relief for some of the workforce. One potential bidder fears the UK business, including the plant in Corby, will "wither on the vine" while Tata refocuses its investment on its plants within the EU.

Tata board meets to discuss UK steel


We'll have more on the Tory leadership battle later, but first news of Tata Steel where the board is meeting in India to discuss the future of its UK steel operations.

It is expected to "pause" the sale of the main business, including the plant in Corby, but go ahead with the sale of its speciality business, which employs 2,000 people in Hartlepool, Rotherham and Stocksbridge.

Steel Corby

Tata is thought to be in less of a hurry to sell because of rising steel prices and signs of government support.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid is in Mumbai for talks with the company.

British GP: Mercedes team order 'a last resort'

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

Finally for F1 news from Silverstone for now... and Brackley-based Mercedes said that team orders - which define the order in which the cars finish a race - could be imposed "as a solution of last resort" if the drivers failed to abide by their new guidelines.

The move follows a last-lap collision in Austria on Sunday, when Hamilton was trying to pass Rosberg for the lead.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
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It was the third time they had made contact with each other in five races.

Triple world champion Hamilton went on to win the race, while Rosberg, who leads this year's title race, dropped down to fourth place with a damaged car.

Hamilton fastest in British GP practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton pips team-mate Nico Rosberg to the fastest time as Brackley-based Mercedes dominate first practice at the British Grand Prix.


He was just 0.033 seconds quicker than Rosberg as the dust settles on the controversy following their collision at Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

Silvestone-based Force India's Nico Hulkenberg was third fastest, 0.8secs behind the Mercedes and just 0.009secs ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

In pictures: Fans start arriving at Silverstone

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The British Grand Prix weekend is under way at Silverstone and fans have been arriving from all over the world. Many set up home for the weekend at the Hamilton Fields campsite. 

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Fans are queuing to pick up their tickets...

Queuing fans

And one group of fans from Nottingham have a "portable pub" at Silverstone...

Silverstone fans

British GP: Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg on 'final warning' at Mercedes

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

To Formula 1 news from Silverstone and Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been given a "final warning" by team bosses and will be severely punished if they crash again.  

Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff, Nico Roseberg

The title rivals remain free to race but Mercedes said they had introduced "much greater deterrents to contact between our cars".

Boss Toto Wolff (centre) said the drivers faced "sporting and financial consequences".

Wolff refused to give details of the potential sanctions but hinted it could include suspensions from races.

Andrea Leadsom set for 'a new challenge'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Finally on the Tory leadership battle for now... Whatever you think of Andrea Leadsom, it's been quite a rise.

I've been looking back at a leaflet the South Northamptonshire MP sent to constituents around Christmas that sets out her priorities for the area as broadband provision and potholes.

Andrea Leadsom

Now she's getting questions about the renewal of Trident and her ability to do the country's biggest job.

It's definitely a new challenge, and while I like to think I've asked her some probing questions in her time as an MP, she's now going to come under intense scrutiny - not just about her policies, but also her past and her career before politics.

Boris Johnson: 'Fantastic achievement' by Leadsom

Anna Todd

BBC Look East

Boris Johnson says it's a "fantastic achievement" that Andrea Leadsom is in final two of the Tory leadership contest.

Mr Johnson backed the South Northamptonshire MP after he dropped out of the race. He was appearing with Mrs Leadsom at at charity event in Northampton...

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May hot favourite but Leadsom's odds are coming down

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Andrea Leadsom does have her work cut out if she's to topple Theresa May in the Conservative Party leadership battle.

The Home Secretary is a hot favourite at 1/4, with the South Northamptonshire MP at 3/1.

Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May

However Mike Smithson, who blogs on politics and political betting, says that since the results of the MPs vote was announced yesterday Andrea Leadsom odds of becoming the next prime minter have been dropping.

May v Leadsom is a 'battle for the Tory soul'

Host of BBC Radio 4's Today programme and former BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson gives his verdict on the Conservative leadership battle...

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Leadsom's City credentials under scrutiny

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Andrea Leadsom has often referred to her 25 years of experience in finance, recounting how she spent the weekend helping Eddie George, the late governor of the Bank of England, calming the fears of bankers after the merchant bank Barings collapsed.

However, Peter Norris, the chief executive of Barings at the time, has told Reuters he could not remember her playing a role in the failed attempt to rescue the bank.

Andrea Leadsom

While Channel 4 News have spoken to a former banking colleague of Andrea Leadsom who says the way her past career has been presented is "highly misleading".

Yesterday in an interview the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg Andrea Leadsom stood by her CV.

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Weather: Rain to start but sunshine coming

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

We'll have more on the race for Number 10 very soon... but first a quick look at today's weather.

A cloudy start for many, but it will soon become drier and brighter with frequent sunny spells and only the odd shower with a high of 22C (72F).

My full Friday forecast is below...

There's more details on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Andrea Leadsom is a 'grower' says Daventry MP

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris, who has been running Andrea Leadsom parliamentary campaign, said they had come along way since their launch a week ago that came from a "standing start", unlike other campaigns which "had been going for month".

Chris HEaton-Harris

Mr Heaton-Harris described the South Northamptonshire MP as "a grower" saying: "Once people meet her they grow to like her very quickly."

Andrea Leadsom 'will have to answer some queestions' says her boss

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Amber Rudd doubts whether her junior colleague, South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, has the experience to run the country...

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Leadsom 'delighted' to be in Tory leadership final two

Anna Todd

BBC Look East

Andrea Leadsom will battle it out with Home Secretary Theresa May in race to Number 10, with the winner to be decided by party members by 9 September.

The South Nothamptonshire MP  says she is "delighted" to be in the final two for the Conservative leadership.  

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Watch: Iain Duncan Smith says Andrea Leadsom has 'real steel' and 'real compassion'

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith says that South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom is the "real deal" and can "take the country forward".

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Theresa May vs Andrea Leadsom to be next prime minister

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom will battle it out to become the next leader of the Conservative Party after Michael Gove was eliminated from the contest.

After the second MPs' ballot, Home Secretary Mrs May finished with 199 votes, Energy Minister Mrs Leadsom had 84 and Mr Gove, the Justice Secretary had 46.

Final candidates

Conservative members will now decide the winning candidate, with the result due on 9 September.

The winner will become the UK's second female prime minister.

Good morning and welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It's Friday, and there is a lot of focus on this part of the world today.

The British Grand Prix weekend starts today at Silverstone, with everyone waiting to see if there is another battle between Brackley-based Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

And the MP for South Northamptonshire Andrea Leadsom could be the next prime minster as she faces off against Theresa May in the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

Plus lots more between now and 18:00.

Lewis Hamilton
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