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Ken Clarke: Johnson has 'amazing opportunity'

BBC News Channel

Ken Clarke, a Tory Remainer who was expelled from the Conservative Party after rebelling against Boris Johnson's government over Brexit, did not seek re-election in Rushcliffe this time round.

He told the BBC Mr Johnson has achieved a "remarkable victory" and now has "an amazing opportunity".

Former MP Ken Clarke
BBC

He said, if Mr Johnson wishes, he is now free from the influence of the "extreme right" of the Tory party, who were his allies just months ago.

"His strong majority means he will have little difficulty getting his Brexit deal through Parliament," the former MP added.

However, he said he's certain Boris Johnson won't be able to negotiate a trade deal with the European Union by the end of 2020.

"The serious grown-up negotiations will take quite some time. 'Get Brexit Done' was a bit of a joke, but a brilliantly successful slogan."

MEP on 'sorry mess' of Labour leadership

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Rory Palmer, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, has tweeted about the "sorry mess" of his party's culture.

He explained that anyone who voiced concerns about Jeremy Corbyn's leadership was "shouted down", "insulted" and told to "get out" of the party.

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Six Tory gains in East Midlands Labour heartland seats

Alex Regan

BBC News

With all 32 East Midlands seats declared, here's a round up of election night Labour's prominence in the region is now confined to eight seats, in comparison to the Tories' 24.

The Conservatives have caused much upset for Labour across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with six gains in traditional mining areas.

In Derbyshire, Labour stalwart Dennis Skinner, 87, lost his seat, which he had held since 1970, to Mark Fletcher.

Dennis Skinner
BBC

Labour also lost Derby North, which has been the centre of controversy after former Labour MP Chris Williamson was suspended from the party over a row about anti-Semitism.

Labour's former High Peak MP Ruth George also lost her seat.

Chris Williamson
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In Nottinghamshire Labour also lost Bassetlaw, which had been red since 1935.

The former mining constituency is not a traditional Tory ground, but a strong contingent of Leave voters and the departure of former Labour MP John Mann helped sway Bassetlaw to the Tories.

The Tories also took Gedling, which had been held by Labour stalwart Vernon Coaker since 1997.

The final Labour seat to fall was Ashfield, another mining town that was taken by former Labour activist-turned Tory candidate Lee Anderson.

Lee Anderson
BBC

In Leicestershire no seats changed hands but newly elected Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe had a significantly reduced majority in comparison to former MP Keith Vaz.

Alicia Kearns became the new Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton, replacing Sir Alan Duncan, who had sat in the constituency since 1992.

And finally in Rushcliffe, voters got a new MP for the first time in 49 years.

Ruth Edwards retained the constituency for the Conservatives after Ken Clarke announced he was stepping down from the Commons.

Ken Clarke and Ruth Edwards
@Ruth4Rushcliffe

Red wall collapses

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

The East Midlands political map now looks very different to the way it did when Labour were last in government in 2010.

It’s now a region where Labour seats are confined to the cities and everywhere else is Conservative.

Since 2010 Labour has lost every town they represented in Parliament with the exception of Chesterfield. Those seats in the former industrial areas, dubbed the red wall, have actually been collapsing since 2010.

Seats like North West Leicestershire, Sherwood and Amber Valley have now built substantial safe majorities for the Tories.

And Mansfield, which narrowly went blue for the first time in the 2017 election now has a majority of 16,000. Mansfield is a safe Conservative seat. Let that sink in. Bolsover, Bassetlaw and Ashfield are now Conservative seats.

Bassetlaw
BBC

Tory candidate Ben Bradley gets into the festive spirit

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Usually general elections take place in the spring, so Christmas jumpers are not a fixture at counts.

But Mansfield's Tory candidate Ben Bradley has decided to get into the festive spirit and said it's national Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow.

He gained the traditionally Labour seat for the Conservatives in 2017, and he hopes to return to the Commons this evening.

Ben Bradley
BBC

Welcome to the East Midlands 2019 general election coverage

Alex Regan

BBC News

Hello and welcome to the BBC East Midlands election coverage.

The polls closed at 22:00 and counting will begin in the coming moments. In the next few hours you can expect to see the first results from Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire.

We will be keeping you up to date on the latest poll results from across the region.

Ballot box
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Reporters from across our local radio network will be at all 32 counts, and you can listen to their overnight coverage by following these links:

If you're staying up with us get the kettle on, pop some coffee in the cafetiere, and get ready for a long night.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's a cold and frosty start to the morning.

During the day there will be showers and maybe some sleet on higher ground and bright spells when the clouds break.

Ben Stokes donates £19,000 to underpants charity runner

David Pittam

BBC News Online

England cricketer Ben Stokes has donated more than £19,000 to a fundraiser by a cricket fan who did a Parkrun in just his pants and flip-flops.

Jonathan Lamley, from Nottingham, promised he would do the run if England clinched an unlikely Ashes win at Headingley, and, true to his word, completed the 5km run on Saturday with a friend after Stokes inspired England to victory in August.

Jonathan Lamley in a mask
Jonathan Lamley

Their feat was spotted by Stokes who, after speaking to the pair on TV, promised he would donate a pound for every like and retweet he got in half an hour last night.

He has since dropped a cool £19,127 on the fundraiser for Alzheimer's Research UK, with the message: "Well done you two, great to speak this morning - just holding up my word like you did."

This, along with hundreds of pounds donated by others, means they have raised 3392% of their original target of about £600.

Mr Lamley said: "We just can't believe it. It's incredible."

Actress Samantha Morton receives honorary degree

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

A Nottingham-born actress has received an honorary degree from the university where her mother and grandmother worked as dinner ladies.

Samantha Morton, who was born in Clifton, was made a Doctor of Letters at the University of Nottingham yesterday.

She told the BBC: "If they were alive today they'd just be over the moon I'm here actually getting a degree, someone from my background actually achieving that is extraordinary."

Samantha Morton
BBC

She also spoke about her experience as a child in the city's care system, responding to this summer's IICSA report.

"The abuse I and my friends suffered is equivalent to hell," she said. "The system was not, and still isn't, fit for purpose.

"They were allowed to do what they did because there were not proper systems in place. How are we going to get justice?"

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's drier and brighter this morning, but a few showers could creep in later today.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be a mild but wet and windy day today with showers through the morning and later in the afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Security guard attacked in Rolex theft

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

A security guard was attacked during the theft of a Rolex at a jewellers in Nottingham this afternoon.

Nottinghamshire Police said they were called at about 13:30 following reports of the theft from Goldsmiths in Victoria Street, Nottingham.

Police outside Goldsmiths
BBC

The suspects have been described as black and very well dressed, with one wearing a light-coloured trench coat and cap.

Police said despite being attacked, the security guard was able to give chase. His injuries are not believed to be serious.

The suspects, both men, then went towards Bridlesmith Gate and are believed to have got into a white car.

Police are asking anyone with information to get in touch.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It is a dry and bright start today but it's set to get a little bit wetter as we head into the rest of the week.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Nottingham man defrauded employer for more than £125k

Alex Regan

BBC News

A man who defrauded his employer for more than £125,000 has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Adam Cartwright, 39, of Hazel Hill Crescent, Nottingham, falsely purchased electrical goods while working as an electrician at B&M Installations, Nottinghamshire Police said.

He joined the company in 2011, the force added, but his fraud was only discovered when a project manager was made aware of an invoice containing higher costs than expected in October 2018.

Adam Cartwright
Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police's fraud team found he had added electrical parts which were not used in 50 invoices, totalling £128,000.

He was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty.

Det Con Jason Jenkins said: "Cartwright’s actions caused serious distress to the business owners, as well as financial hardship."

Actress Samantha Morton to be awarded honorary degree

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

An actress born in Nottingham is to be awarded an honorary degree in her home city.

Samantha Morton, who was born in Clifton, will be made a Doctor of Letters at the University of Nottingham on 10 December.

Ms Morton, who has spoken openly about growing up in care and suffering abuse at care homes in Nottingham, attended the Television Workshop in the city from the age of 13 and went to West Bridgford School.

Samantha Morton
University of Nottingham

She has appeared in a number of television shows including Peak Practice, Boon, Cracker and Soldier, Soldier before becoming a regular cast member in the first two series of Band of Gold.

Ms Morton has also worked in films including Minority Report with Tom Cruise, Morvern Callar, Synecdoche New York, The Walking Dead, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Her work has been recognised with Academy Award nominations for her performances in Sweet and Lowdown, and In America, a Golden Globe Award for her role in Longford and a BAFTA for her semi-autobiographical directorial debt for film The Unloved.

Arrests after 200 catalytic converters recovered

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Police have arrested two men and recovered up to 200 catalytic converters after attending a report of a theft from a business in Mansfield.

Two men, aged 29 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of theft at about 13:00 on Wednesday. Both remain in police custody.

Officers later searched one of the suspect's addresses in Mansfield and seized between 100 and 200 catalytic converters, believed to be worth about £20,000.

The force said catalytic converters, which convert vehicle exhaust emissions into less toxic gasses, are targeted because they contain high value metals.

There has been a spate of incidents across Nottinghamshire, mostly in car parks and open spaces, according to police.

Catalytic converter beneath a car
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Will our next scheduled election be at Christmas?

Alex Regan

BBC News

Paul McFadden, from Arnold, used Your Questions Answered to ask: "Does the Fixed Term Parliaments Act mean that the next scheduled election will also be in December in five years' time?"

According to the 2011 Fixed Term Parliaments Act (FTPA), a general election must be called five years after the last poll.

So does this mean Christmas shoppers will be carrying around polling cards in 2024?

Houses of Parliament at Christmas
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The short answer is no.

December's election was called using an emergency piece of legislation, but the FTPA states that an election should be called on "the first Thursday in May in the fifth calendar year" after the last election.

So the next general election will be scheduled for 2 May, 2024.

The act was introduced by the coalition government in 2011 as part of the agreement drawn up by the Tories and Lib Dems in the wake of the 2010 general election.

So an election can only be triggered before that if a motion of no confidence is passed in the government and no alternative administration can be formed or if at least two-thirds of MPs approved calls for an early election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour have, however, said they will scrap the FTPA.

Previously it was up to the prime minister of the day to choose when to call an election, provided it was within five years of the last one being held.

So although December elections will not become the norm, returning to the old system is likely to mean the next prime minister will be able to call a general election at will.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Patchy cloud is expected at times today but there will be some breaks and we will see blue and sunny skies.

Temperatures will be getting up to 6C or 7C but as we head towards the end of the week things will be turning a bit milder.

New Lincs and Notts air ambulance HQ approved

Plans for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance's new HQ have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

chopper
Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

The charity currently operates from two sites: one at RAF Waddington where its helicopters are based and another for the charity's staff.

The new HQ, at RAF Waddington, will join the two teams together at the same site for the first time.

A £1.8m grant from the government has been given to help in its construction.

Work building the new HQ should be completed by the end of next year.

Our new base will give us security of tenure, as well as the space and facility to further develop our life-saving service. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, it’s fitting we are laying the foundations for the next 25 years to ensure we can continue to provide pre-hospital critical care to our patients."

Karen JoblingChief executive, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

Labour promises regional 'investment blitz'

BBC Politics

Labour has promised an "investment blitz" across England to bring "wealth, power and prosperity" to communities.

The party launched regional manifestos for each part of the country earlier, including pledges on transport, housing and jobs.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the announcement would "bring our country back together".

But Tory minister Jake Berry said it was "a clear distraction from Corbyn's failure to set out a Brexit plan".

Launching the manifestos in Nottingham, shadow transport secretary Andy MacDonald said the plans would "make sure we deal with the climate crisis", but "harness opportunities at the same time".

Composite image
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Could we have more Christmas elections?

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

The timing of this year's general election has certainly prompted much discussion about the difference winter can make to voters.

But, looking ahead, Paul McFadden, from Nottingham, has got in touch with us using the Your Questions Answered tool on the BBC website to ask whether the fixed term parliaments act (FTPA) means the next scheduled election will also take place in December in five years' time?

BBC East Midlands' political editor Tony Roe says: "It is indeed the case that under the FTPA the next election will be in five years time, so in theory Christmas elections are on the cards for a while.

"But the feeling among MPs of all parties in the last parliament was that the FTPA has been a bit of blunder.

"It’s only actually worked once with the 2015 election. The current election is the second since then... 2020 was meant to be the next election."

Voters
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Mr Roe warns voters not to be surprised if the act is repealed, with a reversal to the situation where we have to have an election "at least every five years".

"That will make Parliament more responsive to events," he said.

"No-one likes treading the streets canvassing in the dark, not the politicians who have to knock on the doors nor the people opening their doors, letting the heating out and the cold air in. And the hot air..."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's been a frosty start, which will give way to a clear, bright and sunny day.

However, this will mean lower temperatures and a chilly night.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be showers, some heavy, likely throughout the day but clearing later.

A clear, cold night could lead to some frosts but it will be a brighter day tomorrow.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Persistent rain will sweep across the region for much of the next 24 hours.

Temperatures are a little lower but still relatively mild for the time of year.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

What do you want to know about the general election?

The election campaign is well and truly under way and on 12 December the UK will go to the polls.

The BBC wants to know about the issues which matter to you and affect your village, town or city.

Whether it's polling, policies, or a local issue, send your questions to us and we'll do our best to answer them.

Follow the links below to ask your questions:

Your Questions Answered
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be an unsettled start to the week with patches of rain throughout the day, which could turn heavy.

Expect some breezy weather with highs of 11C and lows this evening of 7C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There's a chance of more rain this afternoon and overnight.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands