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  1. Andrea Leadsom waits for the first round Tory Leadership battle result
  2. Northants police officer stabbed in the hand
  3. Hamilton and Rosberg face suspension threat from their F1 bosses
  4. Schools shut as teachers strike
  5. News, sport, travel, weather and other updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

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By Pete Cooper

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That's it for today, but we'll be back tomorrow.

We'll bring the latest developments in the race to be the next prime minister and the fortunes of South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom.

Tomorrow also see the publication of the Chilcot Report into the Iraq War.

Plus we'll continue the build up to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Weather: Sunny tonight and tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry with sunny spells this evening and dry overnight with lows of 9C (48F).


A chilly start to Wednesday, but quickly warming up in the sunshine with highs of 20C (68F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

What will happen with the Conservative leadership contest?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Today is the first round of voting in the race to be the next leader of not only Conservative Party, but also the country.

All Tory MPs are voting and we are expecting a result at around 18:30.

Liam Fox, Theresa May, Stephen Crabb, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove
(l-r) Liam Fox, Theresa May, Stephen Crabb, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove

The candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated, and unless two or more pull out then another secret ballot will be held on Thursday, and then again on Tuesday, until the list is whittled down to two candidates, who will then go forward to a vote of the entire Conservative membership.

The BBC Brexit and Tory Leadership Live page will have the latest.

Video: Missing action man make it to space


Helen Burchell

BBC News

Footage has emerged of an Action Man astronaut doll missing after it was launched into near space, showing its dramatic fall to Earth.

"Major Tom" took flight on 26 June, to celebrate 50 years of Action Man.

He travelled 19 miles (30km) before descending. A tracker device was found in a field in Creaton in Northamptonshire, but the doll and capsule were missing.

The on-board camera has now been found and shows the "capsule" falling apart and ejecting the doll, which remains lost.

NUT: 'There are teachers leaving the profession'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

During today's teachers' strike the National Union of Teachers (NUT) linked with the University & College Union (UCU) for a joint protest on Northampton's Racecourse.

The county council say they know of 10 schools that were completely shut and 12 which were partially shut.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the strike was "unnecessary" and "harmful" but Stuart Coe from the NUT in Northamptonshire explained to me why they were striking today:

Who are Northamptonshire's MPs backing to be the next prime minister?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Now that Philip Hollobone is backing Andrea Leadsom to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister, I can update this picture of who our MPs are backing...

Leadership contest

Again if you don't recognise the faces they are

Theresa May (top left): Michael Ellis (Northampton North), David Mackintosh (Northampton South)Andrea Leadsom (top centre): Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry), Tom Pursglove (Corby), Philip Hollobone (Kettering)Undeclared: Peter Bone (Wellingborough)

Get the latest from the BBC Tory Leadership Live page.

Kettering MP backs Andrea Leadsom for prime minister

Annabel Amos

BBC Radio Northampton

The MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, has voted in the Conservative Party leadership contest, and told me that he's put his mark by the MP for South Northamptonshire Andrea Leadsom.

Philip Hollobone

Mr Hollobone had said on Friday he would decide over the weekend, and unlike many other MPs, he didn't take to Twitter to reveal his choice as he told us last week he "doesn't know how to tweet", but rather he called the office and told us.

As yet the only MP we haven't heard from is Wellingborough's Peter Bone.

Leadsom 'not one of the tiny band of lunatics' says Ken Clarke

Sky News

If politicians have learned one thing by now, you'd think they'd have realised there's always a microphone somewhere nearby.

Nevertheless, it seems senior Conservatives Ken Clarke and Sir Malcolm Rifkind have been caught having a candid chat in the Sky News studio about their party's leadership race.

Ken Clarke

Mr Clarke - who has a reputation for saying what he thinks - gave his tuppence-worth on South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, saying:

She is not one of the tiny band of lunatics who think we can have a sort of glorious economic future outside the single market. So long as she understands that she's not to deliver on some of the extremely stupid things she's been saying."

Kenneth ClarkeConservative MP for Rushcliffe, Notts
Looking at the teams behind the five candidates who could be the next UK prime minister.
Looking at the teams behind the five candidates who could be the next UK prime minister.

Video: Son auctions off Dad's 3,000 Dinky and Corgi toys

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

Today there are 3,000 Dinky and Corgi toys up for auction from a toy car collection built up over 50 years.

Andy George is selling off the collection which belonged to his late father Ray

Many of the cars are in mint condition, still in their boxes, including a James Bond Aston Martin with the ejector seat.

Andy said that he just doesn't have room for all the cars...

Latest Tory leadership support figures

BBC Politics

Here - courtesy of colleagues in BBC research - is the latest tally of how many declared backers the contenders in the Conservative leadership contest have.

Voting is under way in the first round, with the candidate with the least number of votes due to drop out.

Andrea Leadsom

There are 330 Conservative MPs, which means 97 of them have yet to show their hand. The result of the first round is expected around 19:00.

Theresa May - 132

Andrea Leadsom (South Northants MP, pictured) - 42

Michael Gove - 27

Stephen Crabb - 23

Liam Fox - 9

Police base could be built at Wootton Hall Park or Swan Valley, says PCC

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The county's new police and crime commissioner, Steven Mold, says there is still scope for the county's police force to have a base at their Wootton Hall Park headquarters in Northampton.

Police HQ

The site is due to become a school from September and its sale was agreed by the previous commissioner - Adam Simmonds.

Mr Mold told me the police still own part of the Wootton Hall site and a new building could be built there or another option would be to use Swan Valley near junction 15a of the M1.

If the police have no headquarters, what is the current plan?

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The process of moving Northamptonshire Police out of its headquarters could cost £6.9m.

The money is being set aside by the police and crime commissioner to improve other police buildings which will house the staff who are based at the current Wootton Hall HQ in Northampton.

police building
Northamptonshire Police

Work has also started on a new accommodation and investigation centre situated just off the A43 next to the A6003 between Kettering and Corby.

It should be completed by spring 2017, and will house approximately 350 staff.

New PCC says he wouldn't have sold Wootton Hall site

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The county's new police and crime commissioner says he has taken legal advice to see if he could halt the sale of the Police Headquarters at Wootton Hall in Northampton, but stopping the deal has proved impossible. 

Stephen Mold

The site was sold by Adam Simmonds, the first PCC, and a new school will be built on it.

Stephen Mold, who was elected in May, told me he "would have done it differently" and would have "most probably" built a brand new headquarters on the Wootton Hall site.

But he explained the site was sold on the afternoon before he took office on Thursday, 12 May.

Northamptonshire police officer stabbed in the hand

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A police officer has been stabbed in the hand during a call-out in Hardlands Road in Duston yesterday at 18.30.

Hardland Road

Supt Chris Hillery said the officer was taken to Northampton General Hospital for treatment.

A 47-year-old-man was arrested and is was in police custody.  

British Grand Prix: How does an F1 driver's mind work around Silverstone?

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

In the build-up to the British Grand Prix, Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn talks to me about what goes through his mind around a lap of Silverstone.

Hamilton and Rosberg face suspension threat from angry Mercedes to prevent more collisions

The Daily Telegraph

F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg could be fined or even suspended by Mercedes if they crash again under drastic deterrents being considered by the world champion constructors.

Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg: Mercedes orders would 'rob' racing fans

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton says he will "pray and hope" Mercedes do not introduce team orders in his Formula 1 title battle with Nico Rosberg because it "robs" fans and "takes the joy" out of racing.

Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff and Nico Rosberg

The team-mates collided while racing for the lead on the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, which Hamilton went on to win. He now trails Rosberg, who was fourth, by 11 points.

Triple world champion Hamilton said: "I've been in that position before. It goes against all racing values."

The two drivers will resume their contest at this weekend's British Grand Prix, where a crowd of 140,000 is expected on race day at Silverstone.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has indicated he could impose restrictions to prevent them from racing freely, reducing the likelihood of another crash.

County Championship: Derbyshire v Northants abandoned for second day

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Turns out Northamptonshire opener Ben Duckett was right as day two of the County Championship game between Derbyshire and Northamptonshire at Chesterfield was abandoned two hours before the scheduled start time.

Umpires Neil Mallender and Ian Blackwell inspected the Queen's Park ground at 09:00, but deemed the outfield too wet after overnight rain.

The opening day of the Division Two match was also called off on Monday, along with Sunday's T20 Blast game.

Weather forecast: Cloud and sun

BBC Weather Watchers

There is some cloud, but also blue skies in the county as you can see from this picture of Great Doddington by BBC Weather Watcher 'Wappet'.

Great Doddington

The rest of the day will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine with a high of 19C (66F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Teacher and lecturers in joint protest at Northampton's racecourse

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

There is a teachers' strike across England today and in Northampton the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has linked with the University & College Union (UCU) for a joint protest on Northampton's Racecourse.

NUT strike

We know there are at least three schools in Northamptonshire closed today, but if your school is disrupted then please get in touch.

Retailers Association say drivers should pay parking charges on departure

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The British Independent Retailers Association has called for a move towards car park ticket machines where drivers can pay on departure, saying the pay and display method has "few, if any, advantages" over this system.    

Pay and display sign

Chief executive Alan Hawkins said: "The consumer doesn't have to predict his time of shop and isn't therefore inhibited by having to leave too early or overcharged by having to guess too long."

Amount of change received by councils could be much higher as almost half the authorities didn't reply

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

In all, I put in freedom of information requests to 50 councils across the East of England - but only 26 told me how much money they have made from pay and display machines which don't give change.

Bar chart showing how much money councils have received through change not given by parking machines

Twenty one of the local authorities said they were unable to provide data, and three said they did not operate P&D machines.

Of those which replied, the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk received the most change - netting £69,629.

Pay and display machines which don't give change net Kettering and Corby councils £25k

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

Kettering and Corby Borough Councils made more than £25,000 from car park pay and display machines that don't give change.

Pay here at machine sign

The cash was part of more than £550,000 received by local authorities across the East of England in 2015.

Northamptonshire County Council said its machines did not record such data.

The £0.5m of change 'lost' to parking meters

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

Councils are making tens of thousands of pounds from car park pay and display machines which do not give change.

Twenty six local authorities across the East of England received more than £550,000 in overpayments last year.

£550,000 made by councils in 2015 from machines which didn't give change

Tory contender: Andrea Leadsom

A political profile of Andrea Leadsom, South Northamptonshire MP and one of the contenders to be the next Conservative leader and prime minister.

Tory contender: Andrea Leadsom

A political profile of Andrea Leadsom, who was one of the contenders to be the next Conservative leader and prime minister. She withdrew on 11 July.

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Norman Smith: 'It could end up an all-female race'

Norman Smith

Assistant political editor

Andrea Leadsom 'delighted' to have Boris Johnson's support

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Conservative leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom has told reporters she is "delighted" to have Boris Johnson's support.

Andrea Leadsom

Mrs Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire, added: "I'm just waiting to see what happens today."

Asked if she was feeling confident, she said "absolutely".

Day two of cricket abandoned at Chesterfield

Queen's Park, Chesterfield
Alex Winter

A wet outfield at Chesterfield has seen the second day of Northamptonshire's County Championship Division Two game at Derbyshire abandoned two hours before the start.

Leadsom 'went down like a cup of cold sick' at hustings, says The Sun

The Sun

As Andrea Leadsom gets some good news in the form of an endorsement from Boris Johnson, she might not want to read what The Sun says about her performance at the Conservative hustings.

According to Westminster correspondent Harry Cole, a number of MPs thought she "crashed and burned".

He quotes one as saying: “She was rambling, ended up talking about the frontal cortex of a baby’s brain.

"This was meant to be an application to be the next PM not a childhood development officer”.

Another MP added: “She’s not my candidate, but she went down like a cup of cold sick.

“She lost the room. People we’re talking to each other and playing on their iPads. She was very rambling.”

Education secretary criticises Leadsom for lack of experience

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Nicky Morgan has launched an attack on Tory leadership race contender Andrea Leadsom, questioning her backers and level of experience. 

The education secretary, who is backing Michael Gove, said Mrs Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire, had "not been a cabinet minister" and had "not been a minister for that long".

Nicky Morgan

"There are a lot of questions about who she's got backing her and her experience," she said. 

She went on to say there was a mood in the party for "two cabinet heavyweights" to make the final slate - pointing to Theresa May and Mr Gove.

Weather: Cloudy start but sunshine coming

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It will be a cloudy start but that will soon break up, giving some good spells of sunshine by the afternoon, with a high of 19C (66F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Who might emerge ahead as MPs vote in the Tory leadership race?

Norman Smith

Assistant political editor

The Conservative leadership election could end up as a straightforward tussle between Theresa May and Michael Gove.

However, Mr Gove could be damaged by his act of fratricide against Boris Johnson, and I detect some momentum building behind Andrea Leadsom.

Andrea Leadsom

Mrs Leadsom is a candidate who hasn't bruised a lot of egos in the past and doesn't come with as much political baggage as some of the others. She has pitched herself as the change candidate and the Tory radical candidate.

A series of secret ballots will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 July, until the list is whittled down to two candidates, who will then go forward to a vote of the entire Conservative membership.

If the final battle is between Mrs May and Mrs Leadsom, that means that one of them will become the UK's second female prime minister.

Leadsom has 'zap, drive and determination' says Boris Johnson

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Boris Johnson, who was tipped himself to become leader of the Conservative Party, has backed Andrea Leadsom for the job, saying she "offers the zap, the drive and the determination essential for the next leader of this country".

Boris Johnson and Andrea Leadsom

In a post on his Facebook page, Mr Johnson says: "She has a better understanding of finance than almost anyone else in parliament. 

"She has considerable experience of government. She is level-headed, kind, trustworthy, approachable and the possessor of a good sense of humour."

Schools closed in Northamptonshire due to strikes

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Some teachers in England are going on strike today in a long-running dispute with the government over school funding, pay and workload.

The stoppage by members of the NUT is expected to force some schools to close.


We know that Ecton Brook Primary School and Sywell C of E Primary School are both shut today, but the county council advises you to contact schools directly to check for disruption.

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

Today teachers across Northamptonshire are taking part in a national strike over pay and workloads - we'll bring you the latest on that shortly.

We'll be covering the race to become the next prime minister, with South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom in the running.

Andrea Leadsom
Getty Images

Plus, we'll be bringing you more build up to the British Grand Prix this weekend and be hoping there is finally some play in Chesterfield for Northants' cricketers.