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  1. Updates for Monday, 11 July 2016
  2. Andrea Leadsom withdraws from Conservative leadership race
  3. Man dies in crash near A5 truckstop
  4. Northants golfer gearing up for The Open
  5. Hamilton wins British GP at Silverstone
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Pete Cooper

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Evans in last Open group

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Northamptonshire golfer Ryan Evans has been handed a late tee time on his Open Championship debut at Royal Troon on Thursday.

The 29-year-old European Tour rookie from Corby will tee off in the final group at 16:16, having been paired with fellow Englishman Callum Shinkwin and South African Zander Lombard.

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Evans, who plays at Wellingborough Golf Club, shot eight under par over two rounds to earn one of the three places on offer in Final Qualifying last month at Woburn last month.

He is in his first year on the Tour, having come through Qualifying School last autumn after a successful year on the Challenge Tour.

Weather forecast: Sunshine and showers

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells and showers to end the day, but tonight will be largely dry with a very small risk of showers and temperatures expected to fall to 13C (55F).


There’ll be sunshine tomorrow, but also more showers and highs of 20C (68F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Steel 'at the heart' of Corby, says MP

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Tom Pursglove, the Conservative MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, says he is speaking to the unions and the government to try and ensure a future for the town's Tata steel works...

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Tata decision on UK steel business 'hanging over the heads' of Corby workers

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The General Secretary of the steelworkers union is calling on Tata Steel to make a decision about its Corby site. 

The sale of Tata Steel's UK business is on hold as the company considers a European tie-up, creating further uncertainty for British steelworkers including those at the plant in Corby.

Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community which represents steelworkers, was named as "Chieftain" at yesterday's Corby Highland Gathering....

Our members are living with this hanging over their heads. Tata need to tell us what their plans are.

Goats are as affectionate as dogs, experts claim. But are they easy to keep?

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Researchers have found that goats are as affectionate as dogs and more loving than cats. Are they a practical house pet though? I've been to see Jeff Twell at Nene View Diary in Stanwick to find out.

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Prime minister: Leadsom has 'absolutely made the right decision'

In the last hour The Prime Minister David Cameron made a statement outside number 10 Downing Street...

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Leadsom thanks supporters after surprise withdrawal

Leadsom's Times interview 'key' to her withdrawal

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Politics professor and author Tim Bale says he is not entirely surprised at Andrea Leadsom's decision to pull out of the Conservative leadership contest

Prof Bale, who teaches at London's Queen Mary College, believes her now-famous Times interview was "absolutely key" and showed a naivety that will have alarmed Conservative voters.  

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Pressure on Leadsom 'not like having to negotiate with Putin'

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

Former communities secretary Eric Pickles disputes Heather Wheeler's claims that Andrea Leadsom faced "sledging" from opponents.

"Frankly, nothing happened over the weekend compared to having to negotiate with President Putin," he told The World At One.


The Conservative MP says reaction to Mrs Leadsom was "not aimed at her as a person but... at some of the statements she had made".

And he said a general election was "the last thing this country needs, in all this chaos".

Leadsom faced 'sledging' says supporter

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

A "disappointed" supporter of Andrea Leadsom, Conservative MP Heather Wheeler, is asked if her candidate was badly treated.

"Frankly, yes but politics is a tough old game," she said. "Half the people who were doing all the sledging, I don't know who they are."

Heather Wheeler
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Looking ahead to the UK's future relationship with the EU, she said "it doesn't mean Norway, it doesn't mean Switzerland", but "a British way" with a free trade agreement with the EU.

"We can row behind Theresa, because she says Brexit means Brexit," Ms Wheeler said.

Man stabbed in leg by group of teenagers

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A man was stabbed in the leg by a group of teenagers during what police are calling a robbery in Wellingborough at about 01:00 on Sunday.

It happened in Lea Road and the victim was able to walk away in the direction of Northampton Road.

The offending group was thought to contain between three to four teenage males, one of whom is thought to have had blonde hair. 

They were previously in a larger group of six to eight people, which included at least one female.

Police are appealing for witness.

Tory MPs accused of 'smearing' Leadsom

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Fellow Conservative MP Tim Loughton said Andrea Leadsom had been subjected to "very personal attacks" by journalists, but also by some of her colleagues. 

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Mr Loughton, who represents East Worthing and Shoreham, said: "Colleagues who have chosen to further their own ends by putting smear above respect will no doubt account for their motivations, but it is genuinely puzzling to understand who they think they are helping. 

"It is certainly not our party or our constituents."  

Follow more reaction on the BBC's party leadership elections live page.

The brief rise and fall of Andrea Leadsom

Back to the Tory leadership race...

BBC Newsbeat has analysed Andrea Leadsom's time in the spotlight from the moment she joined the Conservative Party leadership contest to her decision to withdraw from the race.

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Northamptonshire golfer Evans prepares for The Open

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Away from the Tory leadership race, golfer Ryan Evans will be hoping to appear on a different sort of leaders' board as he makes his debut in The Open on Thursday.

The 29-year-old, who is originally from Corby and plays out of Wellingborough Golf Club, is clearly so excited that he's got his cap ready for Royal Troon three days early...

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Motherhood remarks 'showed Leadsom's naivety'

BBC News Channel

Times journalist Rachel Sylvester, whose interview with Andrea Leadsom about motherhood and politics caused much controversy, says the South Northamptonshire MP's decision to drop out of the Tory leadership contest is "sensible and probably inevitable".

Ms Sylvester says the interview revealed a "naivety and lack of experience" from Mrs Leadsom.

Frontline politics is "incredibly tough, incredibly brutal", she adds.

What is motivating Andrea Leadsom?

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

There will probably be public and private reasons for Andrea Leadsom's decision. 

The public element is very clear - she does not have enough support in the parliamentary party and she has come to the view that a nine-week contest at such an uncertain moment in our history is not the right thing for our country.  

Follow the latest on the BBC's dedicated Conservative and Labour leadership elections page.

Leadsom supporter 'bitterly disappointed'

BBC News Channel

BBC chief political correspondent Vicki Young says it looks like Andrea Leadsom's run for the Tory leadership "has not been a positive experience for her".  

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One of her supporters, MP Steve Baker (pictured), says he is "bitterly disappointed" at her decision to quit the race, but "she has made the best decision" for the country.

Redwood: Leadsom has put 'personal ambition' aside

The Daily Politics

Over on the BBC's Daily Politics television show, Conservative MP John Redwood says he is disappointed by Andrea Leadsom's decision, but says it is characteristic of the kind of person she is - "decent and honourable" and putting the UK's national interest ahead of her own "personal ambition".

Redwood and Leadsom

Mr Redwood says Mrs Leadsom was concerned about the "abuse" she had received in recent days and was worried she could win the backing of Tory activists, but not have the confidence of MPs - leading to a potential split.   

Northampton MP hopes Leadsom will get government position

David Mackintosh, the Northampton South MP who backed Theresa May against Andrea Leadsom, says that his South Northamptonshire colleague was "dignified" in quitting the Tory Leadership race...

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Watch: Andrea Leadsom 'nine week campaign is highly undesirable'

Here is the full statement from the South Northamptonshire MP:

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Leadsom withdraws from Tory leadership race for 'best interests' of UK

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has pulled out of the race to become the next Conservative leader saying she "would have been deeply honoured" to have become prime minister.

Andrea Leadsom

However, the South Northamptonshire MP said that in the "best interest of our country" she was pulling out of what would have been another nine weeks of campaigning and wished Theresa May "the greatest success" and offered her "full support".

Andrea Leadsom pulls out of Conservative Party leadership race

The South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has pulled out of the Conservative Party leadership race saying that Theresa May is "ideally placed" to become prime minister.

Number 10 to 'hold talks' with Theresa May

Does this confirm South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has pulled out of the Conservative Leadership race?

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Hold on a moment longer - Tory leadership announcement put back

BBC political reporters are being told Andrea Leadsom's announcement will now take place at 12:15, fifteen minutes later than planned.

Laura Kuenssberg on Leadsom future

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom is expected to pull out of the Conservative Party leadership race any moment - leaving Theresa May the sole candidate.

A source close to Mrs Leadsom tells me "the abuse has been too great". 

She is expected to make an announcement at 12:00.  

BreakingAndrea Leadsom 'expected to leave' Tory leadership race

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Man dies after crashing into lorry on A5 yesterday

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

A 41-year-old man has died following a crash close to the truckstop on the A5 at Lilbourne.


It happened at about 05:30 yesterday when a blue Ford Galaxy collided with a HGV parked in a lay-by on the southbound side, about 400 metres south of the truck stop.

The driver of the Galaxy, who lived in Coventry and has not yet been formally named, died at the scene.

County Championship: Worcestershire edge first day against Northamptonshire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Worcestershire recovered from a dismal start to leave Northants in some trouble after day one at Wantage Road on Sunday.

Azharullah (4-68) used early swing under clouds to take four wickets and help reduce the visitors to 54-5.

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Worcestershire rebuilt thanks to a 129-run stand between Ben Cox (74) and Ross Whiteley (66), and Joe Leach's unbeaten 51 helped them reach 277 all out.

All-rounder Leach (3-28) then sent back Rob Newton, Ben Duckett and Rob Keogh as Northants closed on 64-3.

Play resumes at 11:00 and I'll have full commentary online at via the BBC Sport app.

Northants PM candidate reveals tax return

BBC Politics

The remaining two candidates in the Conservative Party leadership battle have published their tax returns for public scrutiny.

Leadsom and May

Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire, published her tax return for 2014-15, showing she paid £22,621 in tax on total income of £83,930 but also recorded a tax-free capital gain of £9,270. 

Her rival, Theresa May, has already published her tax details over four years.  

Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom apologises to Theresa May after she was accused of suggesting being a mother made her a better candidate for prime minister.

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Iain Duncan Smith claims 'black ops' bid to 'denigrate' Leadsom

BBC Politics

Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom faces a "'black ops' operation to denigrate her reputation", former leader Iain Duncan Smith has said.

Mr Duncan Smith told ITV she was qualified to be the next PM amid claims the junior minister lacks experience.

Andrea Leadcom

It follows a row over an interview she gave to The Times headlined "Being a mother gives me the edge on May".

Critics say it shows she is "not PM material", while Mr Duncan Smith said she was mortified at the way it was presented.

Hamilton wins British Grand Prix: 'One of the greatest laps of all time'

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton had effectively won the British Grand Prix by the time the race was six corners old.

When the cars were unleashed after five laps behind the safety car following a downpour 15 minutes before the start, the world champion produced what was surely one of the great opening laps of all time.

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By the time the field reached Luffield, Hamilton was already an astonishing three seconds in the lead.

Three seconds. In the nine corners the cars had negotiated up to that point - including Stowe, Vale and Club at the end of the previous lap - Hamilton sprinted away once the safety car was no longer an issue.

By the end of the first lap, he was 3.7 seconds clear. 

Once their pit stops and the complication of the virtual safety car were dealt with, Hamilton was five seconds up after five racing laps, and the race was in his pocket.

Silverstone: Sports stars, Sirs and Spice Girls

There were host of celebrities at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, including the golf's US Masters champion Danny Willett and his wife...

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England cricketers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Joe Root...

James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Joe Root
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Six-time Olympic cycling gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy and his wife...

Sir Chris ?Hoy
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Former Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart...

Sir Jackie Stewart
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Actor Sir Patrick Stewart...

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And Spice Girls Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton...

Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton
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Lewis Hamilton 'blown away' by fans after British Grand Prix win

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton said he was "blown away" by the support he received from the home fans during his dominant victory in the British Grand Prix.

"It's mesmerising to see so many people so cheerful," said Hamilton. "Just seeing how positive everyone was, the constant love that's shown.

"I really feel like we did it together. It is a long journey we have been on, and there is real love there."

Lewis Hamilton
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It was Hamilton's fourth win in his home race and third in succession and it has brought him level with 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell as the most successful driver at Silverstone.

In pictures: The British Grand Prix at Silverstone

The rain...

Lewis Hamilton
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The cones...


The advice...

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The victory...

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Lewis Hamilton wins fourth British Grand Prix of his career

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory in a hectic British Grand Prix to cut team-mate Nico Rosberg's championship lead to one point.

Lewis Hamilton
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Hamilton led every lap of a race that started under the safety car in wet conditions but dried, to take his fourth career win at Silverstone.

Rosberg in the other Brackley-based Mercedes was left to battle back to second past the Red Bull of the impressive Max Verstappen.

But Rosberg was demoted to third after an illegal radio transmission.

British GP: Hamilton wins third successive Silverstone race

BBC Radio 5 Live

Brackley-based Mercedes' driver Lewis Hamilton wins his third successive British Grand Prix.

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Good morning and welcome to Monday

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Between now and 18:00 we'll bring you live updates for Northamptonshire.

There will be more on the fall-out from South Northamptonshire MP and Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom's remarks about 'motherhood'.

But we'll start with a look back at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton
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