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Election results 2019: Peterborough public reacts to fourth MP since 2017
The people of Peterborough give their views after the city woke to its fourth MP in recent times.

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M11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, before J13 for A1303 Madingley Road Madingley.

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BreakingCorby: Conservative hold

Conservative Tom Pursglove has held on to the seat of Corby with a 6.2% swing from Labour.

BreakingBoston and Skegness: Conservative hold

Conservative candidate Matt Warman has been re-elected as MP for Boston and Skegness.

BreakingSleaford & North Hykenham: Conservative hold

Caroline Johnson has been re-elected for the Conservatives in Sleaford and South Hykenham.

South Holland & The Deepings: Tories increase majority

John Hayes has been re-elected as the MP for South Holland & The Deepings, with an increased majority.

Election graphic

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Mark Popple by 30,838 votes, 5,941 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Davina Kirby of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Martin Blake came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 1.2 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 49,000 people, 64.7% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

Two of the five candidates, Martin Blake (Green) and Rick Stringer (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingGrantham and Stamford: Conservative hold

Gareth Davies holds the seat for the Conservative Party.

BreakingSouth Holland & The Deepings: Conservative hold

John Hayes has been re-elected as the Conservative Party MP for South Holland & The Deepings.

Conservatives 'quietly confident' of Peterborough gain

Analysis from BBC East Political Correspondent Ben Schofield at the East of England Showground, where votes are being counted for the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire North West constituencies.

Analysis from Ben Schofield

Counting gets under way across the East of England

Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate in bullish mood

Kerry Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate in Peterborough, the Very Raving Mr P is in bullish mood tonight.

Asked for his thoughts and ambitions for the party, he told the BBC: "One hundred seats would be good.. anything less would be a fantastic result."

Very Raving Mr P and a supporter

Anti-Corbyn posters criticised in Northamptonshire

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

Posters attacking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have been seen at counts in Northampton and in Corby.

Controversial posters attacking Jeremy Corbyn

They come from a group called Campaign Against Corbynism, based in London.

It looks like they’ve been put up nationwide in marginal seats and on polling day.

Labour candidate for Corby Beth MIller said the use of the posters was "really desperate".

Counting is well under way in Corby

We've been sent this picture from reporter Martin Borley.

Corby count

Seats to watch: Three-horse race in leave backing city

Ben Schofield

BBC Look East

Peterborough was being talked of as a potential three-horse race between the Conservatives, Labour and the Brexit Party.

But is Nigel Farage’s new party already a busted flush or could a strong, well-known local candidate in Mike Greene prove the polls wrong?

Peterborough constituency's election count

At the start of the campaign, some thought Greene could win – he came a close second in a by-election there in June this year. Another possibility: that he swipes much-needed votes from the Conservative candidate, allowing Labour to squeeze through and hold the seat.

The count (pictured above) is being covered tonight by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Kerry Devine.

'Pawlitical' companions: Dogs at polling stations

It has become a bit of an election tradition: Voters accompanied to the polls by their furry four-legged friends.

We have been keeping an eye out for them on social media, thanks to the hashtag #dogsatpollingstations.

In North Walsham in Norfolk, Fry and his mini-minder Pollyanna waited outside the polling station.

Spaniel and toddler
Kirsty Plane

Meet Gus - he was spotted in St Ives in Cambridgeshire.


Of course, not every pet-lover is a dog owner.

Meet Wilbur, who turned up at a polling station in Huntingdon.

Guinea pig
Laura de Stefano

Strong leave vote may help Conservatives in ex-steel town

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

One of the seats to watch in this election is the former steel industry hub of Corby, the third most marginal in Northamptonshire - after the two Northampton seats.

Phil Hope
PA Media

Only once - Phil Hope (pictured) in 1997 in the Labour landslide - has the winning candidate had more than 50% of the vote.

Conservative Tom Pursglove, Labour's Beth Miller and the Lib Dems' Chris Stanbra locked horns in 2017 when they all fought the same seat - which has one of the fastest-growing populations in the country.

Mr Pursglove won with a majority of 2,690.

In the EU Referendum, Corby voted 64.2% to leave - the highest leave vote in Northamptonshire - which may boost the pro-Brexit Conservative Party.

Analysis: Tense contests in Ipswich and North Norfolk

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Before today's election, the Conservatives held most of the seats in the East and the expectation is that they will continue to do so.

The Cornhill, Ipswich
Geograph/Michael Wade

But could the party be on the verge of holding nearly EVERY seat in the region?

If its Brexit message has gone down well in this largely leave supporting region, it should take North Norfolk and Ipswich (pictured) and hold its existing seats with increased majorities.

For Labour, it will be a tense night. It currently holds Ipswich, Peterborough and Bedford with majorities of under a thousand - they've been putting a lot of effort into taking Norwich North.

Success in these seats will show the party still has notable support in this region - failure would be a bitter blow.

Analysis: Brexit-supporting county features key marginals

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

When it comes to leaving the European Union, Northamptonshire was unequivocal with 59% of voters backing that option in 2016.

Whether they favour Boris Johnson’s “oven-ready Brexit” or not remains to be seen.

Geograph/John Sutton

Austerity is another big talking point, following the collapse of the financially unstable, Conservative-run county council.

Andrea Leadsom

Whatever the issues, it’s unlikely four of the current seven Conservative-controlled seats will change hands, with business secretary Andrea Leadsom (pictured above) looking certain to hold on to her South Northamptonshire seat.

Northampton North, Northampton South (pictured top) and Corby will be much closer.

In the former, Michael Ellis’ triumphed over Labour’s Sally Keeble by just 807 votes in 2017.

Whoever wins in that bellwether seat could well see their party leader heading to Number 10.

Analysis: Key seats in Cambridgeshire on election night

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

There are three seats in Cambridgeshire that are worth keeping a close eye on. Each will tell a different story from this election.

Geograph/Paul Bryan

The first is Peterborough (pictured), where we had a by-election in May. Labour narrowly won then, with the Brexit Party coming second, but it seems that it could be the Conservatives night this time round.

Then there’s Cambridge. Labour significantly increased its majority in 2017, but the Liberal Democrats is hoping that their Brexit policy will help them win back the seat they lost back in 2015.

And finally, Heidi Allen’s former seat of South Cambridgeshire. With Heidi stepping down this is a hard one to predict, it’s previously been a safe Conservative seat, but it’s a remain area and the Liberal Democrats won control of the district council in 2017, so could they have the same success with an MP?

Severe accident: A6003 Rutland both ways

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A6003 Rutland both ways severe accident, from Lyndon Road to Main Street.

A6003 Rutland - A6003 Oakham Road closed and it's slow in both directions from the Lyndon Road junction to the Main Street junction, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A1175 Lincolnshire both ways

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A1175 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Barnack Road and the Railway crossing.

A1175 Lincolnshire - A1175 Main Road in Uffington closed in both directions between the Barnack Road junction and the the Railway crossing junction, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A1175 Lincolnshire southbound

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A1175 Lincolnshire southbound severe accident, from Market Deeping to Market Deeping.

A1175 Lincolnshire - A1175 Stamford Road closed and it's slow southbound from the Market Deeping junction to the Market Deeping junction, because of an accident.

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Compensation for former Fogarty employees

Staff who were dismissed without warning from a Lincolnshire bedding manufacturer are to receive compensation.

Fogarty factory

About 200 people lost their jobs when Boston-based Fogarty went into administration in October last year.

Solicitors New Law Ltd, acting on behalf of 102 former employees, claimed Fogarty had breached the law by failing to undertake a consultation prior to dismissal.

A tribunal panel has upheld the claim.

Because the company has collapsed, the employees will receive eight weeks pay from the government's National Insurance Fund, with a maximum payout of about £3,500.

Purple bin scheme boosts Boston recycling rate

New purple bins which only take card and paper are helping to increase recycling rates, according to Boston Borough Council.

Boston Borough Council

About 7,500 homes in Boston, North Kesteven and South Holland were given the bins in September as part of a year-long trial by the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership.

The aim is to stop card and paper being contaminated by other items.

Boston Borough Council says 98.5% of the paper and card collected has met the necessary standard, helping to increase recycling rates.

Severe disruption: A14 Cambridgeshire westbound

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A14 Cambridgeshire westbound severe disruption, from J32 B1049 Cambridge Road to J31 M11 J14 Girton.

A14 Cambridgeshire - One lane blocked on A14 westbound from J32, B1049 (Histon Interchange) to J31, M11 J14 (Girton), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Police appeal garners new leads in Alan Wood murder case

Detectives investigating the death of a man who was brutally murdered 10 years ago say they have received new information following a recent appeal.

Alan Wood
Lincolnshire Police

Alan Wood, 50, was bound and tortured before he was killed in his home in Lound, near Bourne, in October 2009.

Following an appeal on the 10th anniversary of his murder, Senior Investigating Officer, Martin Holvey, said: "A number of people have contacted us with information including people who didn't speak with us in 2009.

"We continue to work on information provided to us and we've been able to eliminate some names from the investigation where members of the public had suspicions about particular individuals."

Lincolnshire Police

He said they're also in the process of reviewing CCTV from 2009, showing a suspect using cash-points in Bourne and Stamford.

A reward of £50,000 has been offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Clubs pay tribute to former player Jim Smith

Lincoln City and Boston United have paid tribute to former player Jim Smith, who has died aged 79.

Smith made more than 175 appearances for the two clubs in the 1960s and 70s and took his first steps in management with Boston between 1969 and 1972.

He went on to manage Derby County, Oxford United and Portsmouth, and among the highlights of his career were a League Cup final appearance with Queens Park Rangers in 1986 and promotion to the Premier League with Derby in 1996.

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Severe accident: A151 Lincolnshire both ways

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A151 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, from A16 to Cross Gate.

A151 Lincolnshire - A151 High Road in Low Fulney closed and it's slow in both directions from the A16 junction to the Cross Gate junction, because of an accident involving tree and car.

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Election Explained: How much do we spend on defence?
Ahead of the general election, BBC reporter Caroline Lewis takes a look at how much the UK spends on defence.

Wetherspoons targets Bourne as part of £200m investment

Bourne in Lincolnshire is one of the places set to take a share of £200m new investment by pub chain JD Wetherspoon over the next four years, it's been confirmed.

Wetherspoon sign
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The investment as a whole will create about 10,000 jobs, with the opening of new pubs and hotels as well as the expansion of existing pubs across the UK and Ireland, the firm says.

Most of the investment will be channelled into developments in small and medium-sized towns, including the opening of a new pub in Bourne.

Wetherspoons founder and chairman Tim Martin said: "We are looking forward to opening many more new pubs as well as investing in existing pubs over the next four years.

"We are especially pleased a large proportion of the investment will be in smaller towns and cities which have seen a decline in investment in recent years.

Wetherspoons operates 875 pubs and 58 hotels across the UK and Republic of Ireland and employs 44,000 staff.

Severe accident: A428 Bedfordshire both ways

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A428 Bedfordshire both ways severe accident, at B1043 Barford Road.

A428 Bedfordshire - A428 in St Neots blocked and queues in both directions at the B1043 Barford Road junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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