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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 7 May 2015
  2. All the results and latest reaction to the general election in Oxfordshire from 22:00 tonight

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

It is set to be the most exciting general election night in years -

here is a full guide to what you can expect after the polls close at 22:00 and how to follow all the results and reaction on the BBC.

BBC election night set
BBC

Online will be providing continuing updates for constituencies in the south, and you can follow them

here from 21:30 tonight and all day tomorrow.

Turning wet

Sarah Farmer

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Any afternoon rain will fade away as we go through this evening, so there will be a

dry start to the night.

Sarah Farmer
BBC

Cloud will form overnight, bringing patches of light rain and drizzle, with temperatures holding at around 8C (46F).

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

On

South Today this evening: It has been talked about for years and now a brand new fire and rescue service call centre for the whole of the Thames Valley is finally up and running.

Call centre
BBC

We have been granted exclusive to the complex just outside Reading that is taking over the work of the individual call centres in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

Join me for that and more at

18:30.

SOFEA swamped

SOFEA, the Didcot-based food charity, has been inundated with so much food it says it is struggling to find enough places for it to go to.

SOFEA
BBC

The organisation takes leftover supermarket food and then passes it on to other local charities.

The curious world of the counters

Jodie Smith

BBC News

When the votes have been cast and the polling stations are shut, it won't just be the politicians who are in for a sleepless night.

Election count assistants
BBC

The people responsible for counting - and recounting - the ballot papers will be steeling themselves for a night of intense pressure and concentration.

You can read all about their unique role

here.

Bidding war

A World War Two Distinguished Flying Medal has been

sold at auction for over £3,000.

Medal auction
The Swan at Tetsworth

It was awarded to Sgt Ronald Herbert Payne, who received the medal following a flight to Germany in November 1944, at the age of 21.

Included in the lot were the letter of congratulations from the King, and other artefacts of Sgt Payne.

Midge Ure on 'the oddity of 1980s music'

Nick Piercey

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I had the pleasure of speaking to Midge Ure this afternoon, on everything from his '80s success and what he described as the "oddity" of his hit single Vienna.

Midge Ure
BBC

You can listen to our chat

here.

Brookes OutBurst festival

Cutting-edge research carried out at

Oxford Brookes University is being showcased through a special festival.

Pegasus Theatre
Google

OutBurst is taking place at the Pegasus Theatre for the next three days and features art, magic, robots and storytelling.

Head of the School of Arts, Angus Phillips, told

BBC Radio Oxford: "It's amazing and reflects the range of creativity and and research in all the different departments we have at the university."

Frilford break-down

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We've got problems on the A415 and A338 where a lorry has stopped,

blocking both lanes coming from the A34 Marcham Interchange, just before the Frilford lights.

Police a re there with cones all the way across the road and traffic is being manually diverted around it at the moment.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This evening's top stories on Local Live:

  • A man has been
    jailed for two years for assaulting a man in Witney
  • An Oxfordshire food charity has been inundated with so much food that it is struggling to find enough places for it to go too
  • The A338 in Frilford is blocked because of a
    broken down lorry

Witney assault man jailed

An Oxfordshire man has been

jailed for two years for an assault that left his victim with a bleed on the brain.

David Hopkins
TVP

David Hopkins from Milton Under Wychwood was found guilty by jury of one count of GBH on following a week-long trial at Oxford Crown Court.

The attack took place in the Red Lion pub in Corn Street, Witney in the early hours of Sunday 27 April last year.

Stolen seat seized at bus stop

Wantage Herald

A treasured garden bench given as a 60th birthday present and

stolen in a suspected drunken prank was found being used as extra seating at a nearby bus stop.

VE Day celebrations

Preparations are being made in Oxfordshire to mark the 70th anniversary of

VE Day.

Oxford Castle Mound
Google

Three beacons will be lit tomorrow; one at Castle Mound in Oxford another at Wootton Memorial Playing Fields near Woodstock and a third at Folly Hill in Farringdon.

Skating pensioners ice rink twirl

Oxfordshire Guardian

A group of pensioners from an Oxford care home have swapped their knitting needles for ice skates as part of a

wheelchair skating session at the city's ice rink.

Holy advice

BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford's Bethan Phillips has been out to vote in Cumnor, where some divine inspiration has been on offer for those undecided voters.

Church
BBC

Earlier she

tweeted: Preparing for an all-nighter at the Oxford East election count for @BBCOxford by having a long lie in!

You can follow Radio Oxford's election coverage, with Bethan and the team from

22:00 through the night.

Still time to run Palace race

Blenheim 7k

tweets: Oxfordshire runners - still time to enter Blenheim 7k enter a team!
http://bit.ly/hwSAbG

Langford travellers told to leave

TVP Bicester

tweets: The traveller encampment at #langford has been served notice to leave by Bicester Town Council

The travellers occupied playing fields in Langford Village owned by Bicester Town Council yesterday.

Inside the BBC's studio

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Election night has become famous for it's illuminating graphics, a swish new

swingometer and rolling coverage, and you can have a look behind the scenes in a
interactive video tour of the BBC's election studio.

BBC Election 2015 Studio during rehearsal
BBC

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxfordshire's top stories this afternoon:

F1 star stops in Oxford as Randolph reopens

Oxford Mail

F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is

believed to have been one of the first guests to check in to the Randolph Hotel after it reopened yesterday following last month's fire.

Horsepower

TVP Mounted Section

tweets: 'Just comparing horsepower' Other luxury sports cars and luxury Samsons are available!!!

Car and mounted police
TVP

WWII medal auction

A Distinguished Flying Medal of a World War Two hero from Oxfordshire is being

auctioned today.

The medal was awarded to RAF Sgt Ronald Herbert Payne after he successfully shot down a Junkers plane that attacked him and his crew on a flight to Germany in 1944.

It is expected that the medal and other war artefacts that belong to his family could fetch £3,000.

Parking firm's disabled bay blunder

Thame Gazette

A parking firm has apologised after

one of its vehicles was caught in a disabled bay outside the spinal injuries centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today

On

South Today this lunchtime: A woman whose son is autistic says she is worried about his future education after she has been forced into home schooling him.

Deborah Young and her son
BBC

Deborah Young's 12-year-old son has a severe form of autism and he has been through five schools in four years.

Join Dani Sinha at

13:30.

Where did our election words come from?

Trevor Timpson

BBC News

This is the day on which Britons vote for candidates seeking to become MPs.

What is the history behind these words?

Parliament and parabola
BBC

The word vote derives from the Latin votum, as is "vow" (which is what it means) and it is close kin to words denoting a religious dedication, such as votive and votary.

Parliament is a word whose recent history is pretty straightforward, but whose early connections are quite surprising.

You can read the full article

here.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This lunchtime's top stories on Local Live:

  • Oxford City Council apologises for
    Rose Hill voting delay
  • The headquarters of former Formula One team Caterham have been
    put up for sale
  • The DEC appeal for Nepal has thanked the people of Oxford for raising over £500,000

Leaders vote

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Just like the rest of the country, the leaders of the political parties have been marking their ballot and

registering their vote.

Samantha and David Cameron
PA

In the Witney constituency, the Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife cast their vote at a Spelsbury polling station.

Overblown tree

BBC Travel

The A40 in Cassington is

partially blocked because of a fallen tree.

That is causing queuing traffic westbound at Cassington Traffic Lights.

Ride for Ryder postponed

Henley Standard

A charity cycle ride organised by Sue Ryder and due to take place on Sunday

has been called off.

Carterton voting 'farce'

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Gerry Reed from Carterton emailed to say: "Bit of a farce at Carterton town hall for today's voting."

Carterton Town Hall
Google

He said: "Queuing for 15 minutes at the moment to be checked in before being allowed to vote, seen several people walking away not bothering to vote, what's going to happened later when people finish work?"

Council apology for missing vote register

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

Oxford City Council has apologised after early morning voters at an Oxford polling station were unable to cast their ballots because

part of the electoral register was missing.

Rose Hill Methodist Church in Oxford
Google

The incomplete list at Rose Hill Methodist Church meant some voters arriving in the first hour had to wait while a replacement was delivered.

The full electoral register arrived by 08:10.

Caterham F1 factory for sale

The former headquarters of the Caterham F1 team, which

went into administration at the end of last year, is
for sale for £5.5m.

Caterham factory
Carter Jonas

The 28 acre Leafield site has a mixture of offices, and the technical buildings integral to a Formula One team operation.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This morning's top stories on Local Live:

  • A
    problem at a polling station in Rose Hill which delayed people voting has been resolved
  • The medal of a World War Two hero from Oxfordshire will be auctioned today
  • The former headquarters of Caterham F1 is for sale

Video: WWII veteran flies Spitfire again

Veteran of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during World War Two, 92-year-old Joy Lofthouse has returned to the seat of a Spitfire and taken to the skies.

Joy Lofthouse
BBC

Joy was stationed at RAF Thame during the war.

The ATA made an enormous contribution to the war effort by ferrying Royal Air Force and Royal Navy warplanes between factories, maintenance units and front-line squadrons.

You can watch Joy's flight

here.

Election error resolved

Charles Nove

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford City Council says it has resolved a problem at a polling station at Rose Hill in Oxford after part of the electoral register went missing.

Voter Gareth Alcott arrived at the Methodist Church this morning to see "a large queue", and told

BBC Radio Oxford "people were gobsmacked and walked out".

People are now being allowed to vote as normal.

Ten years of train woes

Oxford Times

Frustrated rail passengers have been reassured by Network Rail that it is working to solve signalling problems -

but it could take up to a decade.

How to vote

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

If, as for me, the 2010 general election seems a distant memory, or perhaps you are going to vote in your first national poll, the BBC has produced this

handy guide explaining what to expect at the ballot box.

Ballot box
PA