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BBC News Daily: 5 May 2017

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  • Conservatives make early gains in local elections
  • EU trying to bully British people, says minister
  • Could speed bump numbers be cut?

Results are coming in, with the Conservatives so far putting in their best local election performance since at least 2008. The party, at 06:30, has gained five councils, with a net increase of 138 councillors. Labour has a net loss of 121 councillors. The Liberal Democrats are down 24 seats and UKIP 41 - losing all the seats it was defending that have so far been declared.

And there's more cheer for the Conservatives, with their candidate Tim Bowles winning the contest to be West of England "metro mayor".

It's still early, however, with Scottish councils not beginning their counts until later. Find the latest election news on our live page.

Analysis: Where the parties stand so far

By Chris Mason, political correspondent

Tories will rejoice on the basis of the results we have so far. They suggest the national opinion polls, giving their party substantial leads, are an accurate reflection of the sentiment of voters.

Read Chris's full article

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What the papers say

"He's had his Phil," proclaims the Sun, as many of the front pages are dominated by the news that the Duke of Edinburgh is to retire from public duties this autumn. "The nation salutes you, sir," the Daily Mail says of the 95-year-old, while the Times reports that he wanted to step down rather than "grow frail in public". Meanwhile, the Guardian focuses on European Council President Donald Tusk calling for both sides in the Brexit talks to show "mutual respect".

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Friday lookahead

Today It's the last day that the old paper £5 notes can be used in shops.

11:00 The Ireland cricket team play their first one-day international against England in England - the match taking place in Bristol.

20:00 Tottenham, four points behind leaders Chelsea, take on West Ham in the Premier League.

On this day

1980 The siege of the Iranian embassy in London ends after a raid by SAS commandos.

2005 Labour wins a third general election in a row, with Tony Blair's party getting a Commons majority of 66.

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