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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
BBC

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

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A mostly cloudy and dry day across the region.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Nottinghamshire tops November rainfall records

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

This autumn has been a tough one for the UK with many parts seeing record levels of rain and below average temperatures.

So far this month, based on Met Office data up to 17 November, Nottinghamshire has seen the most rain compared with the average.

Flooding in Worksop
BBC

The county has already had 189% of its monthly average.

It led to severe flooding in places like Worksop (above), where dozens of homes had to be evacuated and two homeless men almost drowned when they became trapped in a wheelie bin.

During the worst of the rainfall, there was also a mudslide at Berry Hill Quarry in Mansfield.

Masked men with weapons steal car in Huthwaite

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Two masked men armed with a gun and knife have stolen a car in Huthwaite overnight.

Nottinghamshire Police said they were called following reports of a car theft on Woodland Avenue just before 23:30.

Woodland Avenue
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The men have been described as wearing dark clothing with their faces covered.

No-one was injured but police would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen something.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's another chilly day, but not quite as cold as yesterday.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Pub landlord bitten while tackling burglary suspect

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A landlord was bitten in the stomach while detaining a burglary suspect he discovered early this morning.

Darren McKechnie, who runs The Chequers Inn in Chilwell, said he acted "instinctively" when he tackled the suspect, who he says was attacking a fruit machine with a slab at about 05:00.

The 48-year-old, who only had knee replacement surgery six weeks ago, said: "He was in my premises and it's happened to so many pubs around here the landlords are getting tired of it. It was just instinct.

"I held his arms by the wrist and lay on top of him. I'm 18st and I'm not easy to shift."

Darren McKechnie
Nottinghamshire Police

Police arrived and arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of burglary and assault.

Det Sgt Rick Ellis said: "Although we would never suggest people tackle burglars, this was a brave act to confront and detain a man following a break-in at his pub."

Lottery winners remembered on 25th year since first draw

BBC Radio Nottingham

It has been 25 years since the first National Lottery draw was broadcast live from the BBC in London.

It was hosted by Noel Edmonds while Anthea Turner was in Nottingham providing inserts from the intu Victoria Centre.

Anthea Turner
BBC

Over the years Nottinghamshire has seen more than 700 people claim prizes of £50,000 or more.

In 2012, the county had two big winners - Cassey Carrington and Matt Topham from Stapleford won just over £45m in the EuroMillions, followed by Gareth and Catherine Bull from Mansfield Woodhouse who won more than £40m.

Later that year, Jim and Maureen Emerton from Carlton won £4.5m and Alan and Kim Elliott, from Aspley, won £1m.

Jim and Maureen Emerton
BBC

David Brown was living in Eastwood when he and his family won £1m three years ago.

"I was scanning the QR code on my iPad and I didn't believe it so I switched it off and scanned it again and again," he said.

"I told my daughter and she didn't believe it either, so she downloaded the app herself and scanned it on her phone."

Since winning, he and his family have bought a holiday lodge in Lincolnshire and moved house.

His daughter, who also got a share of the money, used it to pay for fertility treatment. She is now seven months pregnant.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's a frosty start out there, and there's a Met Office weather warning for fog.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Flood warnings remain in East Midlands

Alex Regan

BBC News

Flood warnings remain across parts of the East Midlands after heavy rainfall saw severe disruption across the region last week.

The Environment Agency has issued several warnings - meaning flooding is expected - across the River Trent at Cavendish Bridge, Carlton-on-Trent, Collingham, and Girton.

In Leicestershire and Derbyshire, the River Soar and the Derwent both have several flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue boats
Lynne Haw
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue teams helped rescue people by boats last week

East Midlands weather: Drier and brighter

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be drier and brighter this week.

There's a bit of mist and fog early on, but we can expect blue skies as we go into the afternoon.

We can expect highs of 8C, but tonight temperatures could dip to as low as -2C.

What do you want to know about the election?

The election campaign is 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
BBC

Watch: East Midlands weather

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Well, the rain hasn't completely stopped but it's not looking as bad as yesterday.

Here's the full weather forecast for the East Midlands.

End of live updates

David Pittam

BBC News Online

It's been a long day of flooding - with even a bit of snow further north.

The rain has caused travel disruption across the region and in some cases flooded homes and businesses.

It should be drier overnight and into tomorrow, and in places the flood waters are subsiding but we will be back early on to bring you all the latest.

List of Nottinghamshire roads closed

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Here is the latest list of roads closed by flooding across Nottinghamshire, according to the county council...

  • Nottingham Road - Road Closure Scheme (off Westgate past Minster School)
  • Woodborough - Road Closure Scheme
  • Tinkers Lane, Newark
  • Blind Lane, Oxton
  • Northend Cottage, Tollerton Lane
  • Abbey Circus, West Bridgford
  • Gordon Road, West Bridgford
  • Main Street, Normanton-on-Soar
  • Main Road, Hockerton
  • Chapel Lane Farndon
  • Grove Lane, Retford
  • Old London Road, West Drayton
  • Shireoaks Road, Shireoaks
  • Blackstope Lane, Retford

What do you want to know about the election?

The election campaign is 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
BBC

Flooding: Preparation for more heavy rain

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

More heavy rain is set to fall across the East Midlands.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Thursday and Friday meaning "further heavy rain may lead to further disruption and flooding".

Map showing weather warning
Met Office

Derbyshire Dales District Council is urging residents and businesses to be ready for a possible repeat of last week's flooding that killed one local woman.

The authority's chief executive, Paul Wilson, said: "While we will always try to help vulnerable residents, our advice to anyone concerned that their home or business is at risk of flooding is to buy sandbags from a hardware store. Garden soil can be used as an alternative."

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The district council is handing out filled sandbags at local "hubs" in areas which suffered most from the flooding on Friday.

People are being asked to take only what they need so there is enough to go around.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service is also asking people to "be prepared" and avoid routes prone to flooding.

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What do you want to know about the election?

The election campaign is 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
BBC

More East Midlands flood problems to come, agency warns

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

More homes and businesses in the East Midlands are likely to fall victim to flooding in the coming weeks and months, the Environment Agency has warned.

The organisation said its teams had been working 24 hours a day to deal with problems caused by last week's huge downfalls.

At least 75 properties flooded in Nottinghamshire - including 50 in Worksop - and 39 homes and businesses were flooded in Derbyshire.

The agency warned with many areas of ground "completely saturated" and further heavy rain forecast, there was a "high probability" more people would be affected later this week and in the months to follow.

Flooding in Matlock
Moorsman

Louise Cresswell, East Midlands area manager, said: "Further rain on Thursday and Friday may bring severe impacts from surface water and river flooding to parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

"People should remain vigilant, follow the advice of the emergency services, check their flood risk and plan to stay safe.

"We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through flood water."

Friends raise cash for Children in Need with 5km walk

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Two friends from Nottinghamshire have raised more than £1,000 for BBC Children in Need with a Rickshaw Ramble.

Ben Robinson and Jack Barnes wanted to take part in the charity's Rickshaw Challenge but were unable to take part due to their disabilities.

On Sunday they did their own 5km (3.1 mile) walk around Holme Pierrepont with their families and were greeted by Pudsey Bear at the end.

Ben Robinson and Jack Barnes with Pudsey
Jan Robinson