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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of a police investigation.

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Severe accident: M5 West Midlands northbound

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M5 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J1 for A41 Birmingham Road West Bromwich and the M6 Interchange.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M5 northbound between J1, A41 (West Bromwich) and the M6 Interchange, because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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Three arrested over Libertines gig phone thefts

Liam Barnes

BBC News

In other news, three men have been arrested after they were found in possession of dozens of mobile phones after a Libertines gig in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police said about 30 mobile phone thefts were reported from Rock City on Thursday.

A force spokesman said following its investigations, officers from West Midlands Police stopped a Lexus near Birmingham, where they found 40 phones and some cash.

The men - aged 27, 41 and 44 respectively - are all being questioned on suspicion of theft.

Mobile phone thefts Rock City
Nottinghamshire Police

This was an unusually large number of mobile phones to recover at once, with many stashed in body suits and some in coats. It was an excellent stop by our colleagues at West Midlands Police, who have now handed three men over for questioning by Nottinghamshire Police."

Det Insp Ed CookNottinghamshire Police

Severe disruption: B4110 West Midlands northbound

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B4110 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at Tonbridge Road.

B4110 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on B4110 London Road northbound in Coventry at the Tonbridge Road junction, because of a broken down bus.

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Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on entry slip road and it's slow northbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of an accident.

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Labour policies 'weren't in the right direction'

Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood says Labour has got to "understand what went wrong".

Khalid Mahmood
BBC

He won with a majority of 15,317, which is down by more than 3,000 compared with last time.

"Basically our policies weren't in the right direction and our campaign perhaps didn't understand what the people are looking for and therefore what [we've] got to do now is to understand what went wrong.

"I think in a sense the leadership has to change. We have to move forward and look at it and rebuild ourselves up."

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

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M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for M69.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J2, M69 (Coventry), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

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M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound at J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

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M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A4097 Kingsbury Road Curdworth and J10 for A5 Watling Street.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queues on M42 northbound between J9, A4097 (Curdworth) and J10, A5 (Tamworth).

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'People wanted something different'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

At only 24 years old, Nicola Richards has overturned 84 years of history in West Bromwich by returning a 1,593 majority to take West Bromwich East, ending decades of Labour representation.

Nicola Richards
BBC

The former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, who stood down ahead of the election, had previously had a majority of 7,713 there.

Speaking after her acceptance speech, the Dudley councillor said: "It’s amazing, it’s incredible.

"I won’t say it didn’t feel it was possible because the vibe on the ground was, that it was.

"We could tell that people were changing and we could tell that people wanted something different – they wanted someone to listen to them and they wanted to get Brexit over and done with."

Asked how she managed to win such a Labour stronghold, she said: "This is a pattern and a trend we have seen across the the Black Country and the West Midlands since 2015. It’s been happening in other areas and there was no reason it shouldn’t happen in Sandwell too."

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

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M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a break down.

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Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J10 for A454 Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton and J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of an accident.

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'Democracy deserves better'

Former Birmingham Northfield Labour MP Richard Burden says everyone has a "responsibility to work to end" hate that has infected political debate, after he lost his seat.

Richard Burden
UK Parliament

He had represented the area since 1992, but Gary Sambrook gained the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of 1,640.

Mr Burden said: "All of us have a responsibility to work to end the hate and vitriol that has infected political debate both online and elsewhere in recent years. Democracy deserves better than that.

"And all of us, irrespective of whichever party we represent, have a responsibility to work for a democracy that is built on better than that.

"Our determination to create a fairer, more equal society is at the centre of the right values to have. They're the values that separate us in Labour from the Conservative party."

How Wolverhampton voted

Yesterday's vote marked the third general election in less than five years.

Looking at results for the two main parties across all three Wolverhampton constituencies, it shows how the Conservatives have crept up on Labour since 2015.

Graphic
BBC

Analysis: 'Vindication of Tory strategy to reach out to working-class voters'

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

This landmark election transforms the political map of the West Midlands.

Nine Conservative gains, now giving them virtually a clean sweep of all the seats in what had been Labour's core constituencies in Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich will be seen as a vindication of the Tories' strategy to reach out to working-class voters, especially in places that registered large leave majorities in the referendum.

Gareth Snell
UK Parliament

For Labour, the Birmingham Perry Barr MP and Shadow Europe Minister Khalid Mahmood and the defeated candidate in Stoke-on-Trent Central Gareth Snell (pictured) were among the first to call for the party leader Jeremy Corbyn to stand down.

It's a disappointing result for the Liberal Democrats who had no West Midlands MPs in the last Parliament and they continue to fail to make serious inroads here.

Overturning Labour majority 'not easy'

New Conservative Wolverhampton South West MP Stuart Anderson admits it "hasn’t been easy", after he turned Labour's majority of more than 2,000 into a Tory majority of 1,661.

Wolverhampton
BBC

The ex-soldier turned technology entrepreneur beat the former nurse and president of the Unison union, Eleanor Smith, who had been the MP since 2017.

The Conservatives' joy in the city [pictured] also included Jane Stevenson taking Wolverhampton North East from Emma Reynolds.

Following his win, Mr Anderson told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: "We’ve had a strong campaign and the results on the doorstep were good. It hasn’t been easy and we’ve spent a year on it.

"I want to represent the people in the constituency and give them a voice, making sure no-one is left behind. Wolverhampton has got a great history and a great heritage.

"It’s my intention to represent every single part of Wolverhampton South West."

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

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M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J3A for M40 to J3 for A435 Alcester Road.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 southbound from J3a M40 to J3, A435 (Redditch), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

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M54 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, between J2 for A449 Stafford Road and J3 for A41 Newport Road.

M54 Staffordshire - M54 partially blocked and queues westbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) in West Midlands and J3, A41 (Albrighton) in Shropshire, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

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M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton to Corley Services.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J3, A444 (Nuneaton) to Corley Services, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Ludlow MP pays tribute to 'biggest majority'

Ludlow Conservative MP Philip Dunne described the outcome as a "historic result" for south Shropshire, after he won a majority of 23,648, an increase of more than 4,000.

Philip Dunne
BBC

He claimed 64.1% share of the vote in an area that had had a leave vote of 57.9%.

"We've got the largest number of people voting Conservative ever, got the biggest majority ever and I think that's a huge tribute both to my team in getting, encouraging people out to vote, but also to the residents of south Shropshire.

"[They have] voted very decisively... to make it crystal clear that they want the government to deliver on the referendum result.

"I've spent time across the border in Wales and we've had a number of... historic wins in Wales taking seats that we've not held before and also in the West Midlands.

"I think it bodes very well for... doing [things]... that the prime minister intends to do and then getting on with the people's priorities of trying to make sure that our health service continues to improve. We've got this record investment in acute care in Shropshire, in Shrewsbury and Telford, and we need to get on with that now."

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J15 for A500 D Road to J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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New Coventry North West MP outlines plans

New Coventry North West MP Taiwo Owatemi says she will campaign for the NHS, after Labour held the seat with a majority of 208, compared to 8,580 last time.

Taiwo Owatemi
BBC

The winner, who succeeds 81-year-old former Treasury minister and ex-Jaguar boss Sir Geoffrey Robinson, said: "As a senior counter pharmacist, I have witnessed the devastating impact of Tory cuts on our NHS and I promise that I will campaign for our NHS to ensure we have the right amount of doctors, nurses that we need.

"I will support our local schools and head teachers to ensure they have the funding needed to provide our students with adequate services and I will campaign hard for the green new deal to ensure that the future generation have a Coventry for them to live in."

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

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M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J6 for A38 Tyburn Road to J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction) to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

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M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J4A for M42 to J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J4a M42 to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Telford MP 'did not anticipate scale of win'

Telford MP Lucy Allan says the results are "well beyond anything" she had anticipated, after the Conservatives held all five Shropshire seats with an increased majority.

Lucy Allan
BBC

Her own lead over Labour went up from 730 and 720 in previous elections to 10,941 this time.

The 2019 Conservative manifesto was launched in the area, where 66.2% voted to leave.

The MP, a member of the Education Select Committee, said: "Being the sitting incumbent MP you inevitably have a lot of goodwill on your side.

"The results nationally are stunning and well beyond anything that I had anticipated, despite talking to people on the doorsteps for weeks and weeks, I certainly had not anticipated the scale of the win here tonight."

Increased Worcester majority 'reflects Tories' centre ground campaigning'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Robin Walker, Worcester Conservative MP since 2010, says his increased majority reflects the fact his party has campaigned "very much on the centre ground of British politics".

Robin Walker
BBC

Mr Walker achieved a majority of 6,758, a rise of more than 4,000, in Worcester, where 53.7% voted to leave.

He also said his result reflected the fact the Tories campaigned to deliver on "what people voted for in the referendum".

"I think what we've seen.... is actually a Conservative party with one of the most centre ground manifestos the Conservative party have put forward any time for the last 30 years, versus a Labour party which has moved way off to the left.

"I would hope actually that they can come back to compete with us on the centre ground of British politics because I think British politics would be healthier for it."

Labour 'needs a new direction'

The only Labour MP left standing in Wolverhampton has said the party "needs a new direction as well as a new person at the top".

Pat McFadden
BBC
Pat McFadden was Wolverhampton's only Labour MP left standing but saw his majority significantly reduced

Pat McFadden maintained a Labour majority in Wolverhampton South East but said he was "very disappointed to lose two good colleagues" in Eleanor Smith and Emma Reynolds who lost their seats to the Conservatives.

"It's incumbent on us to ask some very deep and searching questions," Mr McFadden said, adding that many of the voters he had spoken to were lifelong Labour supporters "who couldn't bring themselves to vote Labour under this leadership".

He described the party as "serial losers" and when asked if Jeremy Corbyn should resign as leader of the Labour Party, Mr McFadden replied: "No leader could stay on after results like this".

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

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M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed on M5 southbound at J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of emergency repairs.

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BreakingResult: Conservatives hold Ludlow

Philip Dunne has been re-elected as the Conservative MP for Ludlow with a majority of 23,648 votes.

The Conservatives have held the seat since 2005, when Mr Dunne was first elected.

However he recently came under fire when he told his Labour rival at a debate he was "talking through his turban".

BreakingResult: Labour hold Coventry North West

Labour have held Coventry North West, with Taiwo Owatemi becoming a new MP with a majority of 208, compared to 8,580 last time.

The Coventry North West constituency was created in 1974 and has always been in Labour hands. The former Treasury minister and ex-Jaguar boss Sir Geoffrey Robinson, 81, stood down this time.

Conservative Clare Golby was second.

BreakingResult: Conservatives hold Stourbridge

The Conservatives have held on to their Stourbridge seat, almost doubling their majority from 7,654 votes in 2017 to 13,571.

The constituency will be represented by a new Conservative MP, Suzanne Webb, after Margot James, who held the seat since 2010, stepped down.

Share of the vote in Stourbridge
BBC

BreakingResult: Labour hold Coventry South

Labour have held Coventry South with Zarah Sultana becoming a new MP with a majority of 401, compared to 7,947 last time.

Conservative Mattie Heaven was second.

Ms Sultana apologised earlier this year for saying on social media she would "celebrate" the deaths of world leaders, including Tony Blair.

Zarah Sultana
Twitter

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire both ways

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M42 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, from J3 for A435 Alcester Road to J2 for A441 Hopwood Park Services.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 from J3, A435 (Redditch) to J2, A441 (Hopwood Park Services), because of an accident.

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BreakingResult: Labour hold Birmingham Hall Green

Tahir Ali has been elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green with a majority of 28,508 votes.

The seat has been held by Labour since 1997 and had the largest majority of any party in the West Midlands in 2017's election when Roger Godsiff was standing for Labour.

Mr Godsiff was de-selected from the party earlier this year over his support for parents in the LGBT education row and so stood as an independent, securing 4,273 votes.

BreakingResult: Conservative hold in Tamworth

Christopher Pincher has been re-elected as the Conservative MP for Tamworth with a majority 19,634.

Mr Pincher has been the town's MP since 2010.

BreakingResult: Sajid Javid holds Bromsgrove

Chancellor the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has been re-elected as the MP for Bromsgrove.

He secured a majority of 23,106 votes - 63% - in the seat he has represented since 2010.

'No way Corbyn should go,' says Redditch candidate

Tom Edwards

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The Labour candidate for Redditch has said Jeremy Corbyn should stay on as leader of the Labour Party despite mounting pressure for him to resign.

“Jeremy Corbyn should stay on as Labour leader, even if he loses - he’s in it for the long haul and regardless of the result, there is a way back for Labour," Rebecca Jenkins said.

"At the next election we’ll be back fighting, getting our message across," she said. "There’s no way he should go.”