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  1. Updates on Monday, 27 June 2016
  2. Talking down UK 'not helpful', says Wellingborough MP and Leave campaigner Peter Bone
  3. Fellow Leave campaigner Andrea Leadsom says no more free movement to the UK is 'essential'
  4. Northampton tennis player Alex Ward knocked out of Wimbledon
  5. Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley 'proud' of England as he leads them to a whitewash over Australia
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Northamptonshire's live updates are finished for today

That's all from us.

We'll be back tomorrow looking at a planned biogas plant near Kelmarsh which will go before planners.

If you're watching the football tonight, enjoy it (if you can) and keep an eye out for England and Tottenham right-back and former Cobblers' loanee Kyle Walker. 

Ain't he all grown up now...

Kyle Walker
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See you at 08:00 tomorrow.

Northampton Labour candidate organises letter calling for Jeremy Corbyn to go

BBC News Channel

Fifty-seven of Labour's parliamentary candidates have backed a letter telling Jeremy Corbyn to go.

The letter was organised by local Labour member Kevin McKeever and it's been signed by names including Sally Keeble, previously MP of Northampton North, and Abigail Campbell who stood in Daventry.

In the Commons this afternoon, Jeremy Corbyn said: "Our country is divided and the country will thank neither the benches in front of me nor those behind for indulging in internal factional manoeuvring at this time."

Weather: Sunny this evening and tomorrow morning

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells to end the day. Then a dry night with light winds and lows of about 10C (50F).


It will be a dry start to Tuesday with spells of sunshine, but rain is expected to move eastwards during the afternoon and this could turn heavy. Highs of 19C (66F).

BBC Weather has the latest.

See Action Man launched into space (almost)

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The hunt is on to find an Action Man that was launched into near space.  

Maj Bob Tom, from Essex, was was launched in Leicestershire on Sunday and then came down in a field in Creaton in Northamptonshire... but he hasn't been seen since.

If you're wondering how he got up there, this is how...

Video courtesy of Rob Wisdom

Action Man missing after 'space' flight

Helen Burchell

BBC News

An Action Man astronaut doll is missing after being launched into near space.

The original 1966 doll, belonging to Rob Wisdom, from Essex, was launched in Leicestershire on Sunday to celebrate Action Man's 50th anniversary.

Action Man
Rob Wisdom

It travelled 19 miles (30km) before falling back to earth. A tracker device led the team to a Northamptonshire field but "Major Bob Tom", his space capsule and camera were gone.

A reward has been offered and a "Find Major Tom" campaign started.

Glastonbury 'amazing', says Northampton band

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton band OhBoy! says Glastonbury "has their hearts" after performing on the BBC Introducing stage on Saturday afternoon.

Emailing us today, the group says the mud almost took a few of their wellies too...


They thank everyone for their "kind words and support", adding they had "the most amazing time".

Northampton's Ward loses in Wimbledon first round

BBC Sport

Alex Ward, from Northampton, has unfortunately been beaten in the first round of Wimbledon.

Alex Ward

The 26-year-old, number 245 in the world, had a battle on his hands and lost to the 11th seed, Belgium's David Goffin 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

'Fat failures' by Labour in EU referendum, says former MP

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Sally Keeble, the former Labour MP for Northampton North, has written a piece for the party's magazine "Progress".

She said there were "two fat failures for the Labour party in the European referendum".

sally keeble

She wrote: "One was the inability to mobilise the support of Labour supporters to vote for the party's policy to remain in the European Union. 

"The other was the inability to articulate the fears and concerns of voters who would normally look to Labour for their chance of a better life. 

"This was painfully visible in Northampton."

You can read the full article here.

South Northamptonshire MP 'not saying anything' over Tory leadership

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has refused to say if she will stand for the Conservative party leadership.

The prominent Leave campaigner is third favourite with some bookies. 

Andrea Leadsom

She told Radio 4's World At One: "I'm looking at all sorts of angles and considering and I'm not saying anything at this moment".

Racism examples compiled on social media

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Since the EU referendum results revealed the UK voted to leave, people have been compiling reports on social media of racism they've encountered.  

Just this lunchtime in Northampton, I heard a man talking about voting Leave. He said "we now live in independent Britain", adding if people "don't like it, they can [expletive] back to where they came from".

Northampton Town centre

The BBC has compiled a list of examples where people have experienced hostility because of the colour of their skin and their ethnic background in the past few days.  

Forty years ago: Heatwave in Northamptonshire

Look at those cracks in the reservoir!

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Glastonbury: Northampton's OhBoy! star on the BBC Introducing stage

BBC Music

It was Glastonbury this weekend, and amongst the mud and music Northampton's OhBoy! performed on the BBC Introducing stage on Saturday.

Here's their performance of "God Look after the Quiet Kid"...

Alex Ward: Wimbledon wildcard speaks about tennis' Futures tour

James Burridge

BBC Look East

Before he took the trip down to Wimbledon, I caught up with Northampton's Alex Ward to find out what life was like for the world number 244...

Northampton's Alex Ward ready for Wimbledon bow

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Today's the start of Wimbledon. And Alex Ward, from Northampton, will be making his tournament debut after being given a wildcard.

alex ward

He'll be third on Court three today facing world number 11, Belgium's David Goffin.  

Unusual clouds spotted in Northamptonshire

BBC Weather Watchers

This unusual cloud formation was captured over Northamptonshire by two BBC Weather Watchers. This is Aldwincle from 'rob'...

Cirrus fibratus vertebratus

And this is Northampton from 'CTA1000'...

Cirrus fibratus vertebratus

The formation called cirrus fibratus vertebratus is caused by air moving parallel to the main cloud line. The "ribs" of the cloud correspond with areas of uplift.

Meanwhile, this afternoon will be dry and sunny, with the highest temperatures of 19C (66F) likely around Northampton. BBC Weather has more.

Was there a Brexit graduate gap?

Jon Kelly

BBC News Magazine

Voters without degrees were more likely to back leaving the European Union, figures suggest. 

In Corby just 14.9% of the population have university degrees, according to the 2011 census. And in the town 64% voted Leave.

But its relationship with Europe is more complicated than it first appears.   


Read why people in Corby voted the way they did and why indeed some didn't vote at all.

Jeremy Corbyn 'should resign' says Labour Corby councillor

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has told Jeremy Corbyn he has "no authority" among Labour MPs and warned him he faces a leadership challenge.

It seems that even those who supported him previously, such as Corby councillor Matt Reay, say he should resign...

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Mr Corbyn has rejected calls from many of his MPs to resign, despite a fresh wave of resignations by shadow cabinet members and shadow ministers. 

EU referendum: South Northamptonshire MP pens own newspaper column

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Many of today's talking points from the fallout of the EU referendum come from Boris Johnson's column in the Telegraph today, but he's not the only Leave MP to take up newspaper inches...

The Times/BBC

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom uses a column in today's Times to say parliament must now implement the "people's wish" to leave the EU.

She says "everything must be done to involve the Scots and Northern Irish who voted Remain, and the English and Welsh who voted Leave" and to "work towards full collaboration with all MPs of all parties".

EU referendum: Leave MP welcomes chancellor statement

Peter Bone says there is "no logic" to argument that the economy is going to suffer in the wake of the vote to leave the EU.

George Osborne
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Eurosceptic Mr Bone, who founded the Grassroots Out campaign to leave the EU, welcomed the statement from George Osborne earlier where he said the UK was ready to face the future "from a position of strength".

The Conservative MP for Wellingborough told BBC Radio Northampton there was no reason why jobs would be under threat, adding people should still "be able to buy houses".

EU referendum: Talking down UK 'not helpful', says Wellingborough MP

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The MP for Wellingborough, Peter Bone, says the UK still has a "strong government" despite the prime minister announcing he will stand down by October.

However, he told BBC Radio Northampton these were "extraordinary times".

Peter Bone

Mr Bone, who campaigned for the UK to leave the EU, said it "wasn't helpful" people were "talking this country down" and said things looked positive despite the immediate economic downturn.

EU referendum: No more free movement to the UK 'essential'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It seems South Northamptonshire MP and Leave campaigner Andrea Leadsom is taking to Twitter to lay out what should happen when the UK does eventually leave the EU.

She's just tweeted this...

View more on twitter

Her sentiment mirrors what Boris Johnson wrote in his piece in the Telegraph today. Whether it is possible is something we'll only know when the negotiations properly get under way.

Former Northampton TV reporter gets top shadow cabinet job

BBC Politics

Former BBC reporter Clive Lewis, brought up in Northampton, is in the new Shadow Cabinet. 

The Labour MP for Norwich South is now the Shadow Defence Secretary.

Clive Lewis

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced a reshaped cabinet following a wave of resignations in protest at his leadership.  

EU referendum: 'Looking forward to investment in NHS', says MP and Leave campaigner

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The pledge to invest money which currently goes to the EU budget into the NHS instead has been one the hotly-debated points in the referendum.

But South Northamptonshire MP and prominent Vote Leave campaigner Andrea Leadsom has tweeted saying money saved will still go towards our health service.

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Weather: Dry today with sunny spells

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Any early cloud will quickly break this morning to leave a dry day with sunny spells. Highs of 19C (66F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

One-two for the Barnes sisters in the British Cycling Championships

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire's Hannah Barnes won the women's road race at the British Cycling Championships at Stockton-on-Tees.

The rider from Towcester pipped her younger sister Alice in the sprint finish...

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Northants head to top of group after six wicket T20 win over Leicestershire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants' cricketers moved back to the top of the North Group in the T20 Blast after cruising to victory at Wantage Road yesterday. 

Josh Cobb
Getty Images

Leicestershire were swept aside by six wickets with 13 balls to spare for the county's fifth win in seven matches.

Josh Cobb (pictured) top scored with 57 from 46 balls.

England whitewash Australia: 'We have made some history'

BBC Sport

England captain Dylan Hartley said it was "evident" it has been a "long season" after winning the third Test 44-40 in Sydney, but added it was "great character by the guys to hang in there and close it out".

Dylan Hartley
Getty Images

The 29-year-old said: "It was our last 80 minutes of the season and I'm proud of how the guys conducted themselves. We have made some history. We put everything into it, can be proud of what we have achieved and will enjoy it."

England whitewash Australia: Dylan Hartley says England can improve

BBC Sport

England are still searching for their "perfect game" despite clinching a 3-0 Test series victory over Australia, captain Dylan Hartley says.  

Dylan Hartley
Getty Images

The side, led by the Northampton Saints hooker, won a thrilling third Test 44-40 in Sydney on Saturday to complete a series whitewash.

"We have scored 44 points and not played perfectly so there is still a lot to work on," said Hartley.

Welcome to Northamptonshire's live updates on Monday

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us for the start of a new week.

Between now and 18:00 we've got plenty to bring you. We'll have more on the fall out of the vote to leave the EU.

But we'll start on the weekend's sport...

Dylan Hartley
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