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General election 2019: What questions do you have?

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The election results are in but what else do you want to know?

Do you still have questions about the general election?

It could be a query over what happens next or an issue close to your heart.

You can find out the results for your area by using our constituency pages and catch up on the night's key points here.

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BBC

Analysis: Friday 13th is day Labour will never forget

James Vincent

Political Editor BBC Look North

The ballot boxes and tables have been put away at the Leeds Arena ready for tonight’s gig, a nostalgic night called We Love the Nineties.

Labour rosette
Reuters

Yorkshire Labour supporters might be forgiven for desperately hoping they could go back to victories like 1997.

Saying Labour did badly here doesn’t really cut it. People in parts of Rotherham and Doncaster now have a Conservative MP for the first time in their constituency’s history.

The West Yorkshire seats we talk about being an indication of the national election picture were always going to be tough. Four of them went.

But further south, three more communities kicked Labour out.

Rother Valley is made of former mining villages. It’s been Labour since 1918.

Don Valley surrounds the town where railway workers created the Labour movement.

Half of Penistone and Stocksbridge only exists because it was formed around the steelworks.

These are Labour areas. But not anymore.

This Brexit election turned things around. The view here on the Labour leadership also made the party feel less connected to its roots.

The 12 December election returned results on a Friday the 13th the party will never forget.

General election 2019: The national picture

We've been focusing on the local picture so far, but here's a quick look at what's been happening nationally.

A polling station in Sheffield
PA Media

A short time ago:

  • Exit polls suggest the Conservatives will win an overall majority of 86
  • 11 seats have been declared so far - nine Labour and two Conservative

General election 2019: #DogsAtPollingStations in North Yorkshire
Rocco, Digby, Barney and Úber accompanied their humans to polling stations in Harrogate and North Yorkshire.

Thursday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry start to the day, with rain moving in later and some sleet or snow on the hills.

The heaviest and most persistent rain will clear away this evening.

Overnight, skies will likely remain rather cloudy with further showers expected at times:

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BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However, a broken down train between Skipton and Cononley is currently blocking the line between these stations.

Trains between Skipton and Keighley may be cancelled, delayed or revised, according to National Rail Enquiries, with disruption expected until about 09:30.

Otherwise:

  • The 08:31 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

General election 2019: Polling stations open

The polls have opened across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for the 2019 general election.

Polling station sign
Reuters

Voting is under way in 61 constituencies across the region.

At the last election, the people of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire voted for 38 Labour MPs and 23 Conservative MPs in these seats.

However, of these MPs, two have since become independents and one has joined the Liberal Democrats.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 and will close at 22:00, with results expected to be declared on Friday.

The BBC, like other broadcasters, is not allowed to report details of campaigning while the polls are open. More details around electoral law and our BBC code of practice is explained here.

Train company 'sorry' for disruption in North Yorkshire

Train operator Transpennine Express has apologised to customers for weeks of delays and cancellations on its services in North Yorkshire due to staff training and "infrastructure issues".

Letter from Transpennine
BBC

The company says it's convinced a new timetable being introduced at the weekend will improve the situation.

Signs have appeared at stations between Scarborough and Malton which say the rail operator is "truly sorry to customers for the inconvenience caused".

Kathryn O'Brien, from the rail operator, says: "I want to say a huge sorry to any customers affected by disruption in recent weeks.

"We're currently running a temporary accelerated training programme for our drivers and conductors as we roll out our new trains which has led to a high number of cancellations."

Public urged to take counter-terrorism training course

People in North Yorkshire are being encouraged to "help protect the UK" by signing up to an online counter-terrorism training course.

Course log on page
North Yorkshire Police

Devised by counter-terrorism officers, the Action Counters Terrorism Awareness course was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.

Now anyone who wants to become a "CT Citizen" can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour, according to North Yorkshire Police.

Officers say: “The threat level remains at Substantial – meaning an attack is likely - so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police helps to keep communities safe."

Middlesbrough man charged with Rachel Wilson's murder to appear in court

A man is due in court charged with the 2002 murder of a woman.

Rachel Wilson, 19, and from Middlesbrough, was last seen alive in May 2002. Her remains were found on the outskirts of the town a decade later.

Keith Hall is charged with murder, living off the earnings of prostitution and perverting the course of justice.

The 61-year-old, from Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, entered no plea when he appeared at court on Monday and was remanded by magistrates.

Rachel Wilson
Cleveland Police

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a bright and breezy day today with sunshine for many of us but there could be a few showers in western parts.

Temperatures today will be around the 7C mark.

Overnight it'll stay largely clear but there may still be a few showers in the west:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:23 service from York to Manchester Airport has been cancelled
  • The 08:31 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 42 minutes late
  • The 08:38 service from Leeds to Lincoln has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Car smash pics used in police 'designated driver' campaign

Pictures of a mangled car which were driven by a drunk driver have been used by North Yorkshire Police to highlight the importance of having a designated driver on a night out.

Car wreakage
North Yorkshire Police

The force said: "Help us prevent scenes like this one which we dealt with recently. The driver was drunk. Amazingly, nobody was killed.

"If you only do one good deed this Christmas, offer to be a designated driver on a night out with family, friends or colleagues."

Car wreakage
North Yorkshire Police

The force says it'll be carrying out random roadside checks "morning, noon and night" to keep the roads safe over the Christmas period.

Naheed Khan: Police receive 'crucial information'

Police investigating the murder of a missing Middlesbrough woman say someone has come forward with "crucial information".

Naheed Khan, 43, was reported missing on 12 June 2018, but had not been seen by her family for three weeks before then.

Cleveland Police said they are not able to disclose how they received the new information, or go into specific details, but did say it could be of "real significance" to their investigation.

They are appealing to those who have provided the information last month to come forward again.

Independent charity Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads police to find Naheed Khan’s body.

Naheed Khan
Cleveland Police

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Tuesday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a windy start to the day with a Met Office weather warning in place for coastal areas.

That's likely to bring a number of heavy showers with hail, though they will drift out into the North Sea as the day goes on.

Elsewhere we will see plenty of sunshine with temperatures of about 7C or 8C:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:34 service from Leeds to Liverpool has been cancelled
  • The 08:38 service from York to Middlesbrough is running about six minutes late
  • The 08:54 service from Sheffield to Plymouth has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

    Spate of Norovirus school closures in North Yorkshire

    At least seven schools in North Yorkshire have been forced to close so far this term for a deep clean because of the Norovirus winter vomiting bug, it's emerged.

    Child washing hands
    BBC

    Schools are being encouraged to maintain good hygiene to prevent further illness.

    The illness affected several schools in Catterick Garrison last week and one in Richmondshire and another in the Selby district this week.

    The main symptoms of norovirus are typically:

    • Suddenly feeling sick
    • Projectile vomiting
    • Watery diarrhoea

    Health bosses say anyone who's been infected should stay clear of places like care homes and hospitals.

    Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

    If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

    However, a points failure at Castleford means a reduced service is running at the station. Trains may be cancelled or may not call at the station, according to National Rail Enquiries.

    Disruption between Leeds and Sheffield/Knottingley and between Huddersfield/Leeds/Castleford is expected to continue until 09:00.

    Otherwise:

    • The 08:21 Leeds to Scarborough service has been cancelled
    • The 08:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
    • The 08:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled
    • The 09:40 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
    • The 10:07 York to Sunderland service has been cancelled

    For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

    Bob Willis: 'Headingley hero' and ex-England captain dies

    Former England cricket captain Bob Willis, who took 325 wickets in 90 Test matches, has died at the age of 70.

    Australia's Geoff Lawson is bowled by England's Bob Willis at Headingley in 1981
    Central Press/Getty Images

    He is perhaps best known for claiming a career-best 8-43 to help secure a famous win over Australia at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes.

    The fast bowler played for England between 1971 and 1984, and is behind only James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ian Botham on the list of England's highest Test wicket-takers.

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    Willis captained England in 18 Tests and 29 one-day internationals before retiring in 1984.

    He has since become a successful broadcaster, and worked for Sky Sports as part of their coverage of this summer's Ashes series.

    Information appeal over missing teenagers

    Police are re-appealing to trace two teenage girls who are believed to have gone missing together.

    Crystal Lang, 15, and Amber Morley, 16, were last seen near KFC at Wellington Square, Stockton, at 21:00 on Monday.

    Crystal is described as 5ft 6in, of medium build, with long, black hair and wearing a cream fleece over a pink top and ripped blue jeans.

    Amber is 5ft 6in, of slim build, with black-rimmed glasses and wearing a grey hooded jacket, black jeans and black boots.

    Crystal Lang (left) and Amber Morley (left) and Crystal Lang
    Cleveland Police

    Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    It'll be partly cloudy at first, with the occasional light shower and some bright spells.

    This afternoon, cloud will thicken and it'll become breezy with some patchy rain.

    Skies will clear for a time through the middle of the night, but will build again towards dawn:

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    BBC

    Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

    If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, the vast majority of services appear to be generally running on time.

    However, overrunning engineering work between Chesterfield and Sheffield means the line from Chesterfield towards Sheffield is currently blocked.

    Where possible, trains will be diverted, not calling at Dronfield and disruption is expected to continue until approximately 15:00, according to National Rail Enquiries.

    Otherwise:

    • The 08:23 York to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
    • The 08:26 Sheffield to London St Pancras service has been cancelled
    • The 08:45 Leeds to Horsforth service has been cancelled
    • The 08:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled
    • The 08:53 Sheffield to Gainsborough Central service has been cancelled
    • The 09:29 Sheffield to London St Pancras service has been cancelled
    • The 09:54 Sheffield to Gainsborough Central service has been cancelled

    For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

    First Pacers leave Northern rail network

    The first of Northern's fleet of 102 Pacer trains have been taken off the rail network, the operator has said.

    A Pacer train
    Northern

    The outdated trains, many of which have been running for 35 years, were due to be taken out of use by 2020.

    But, with just a few weeks of the year left, only three trains have been retired.

    The much-maligned trains will continue to be retired and then scrapped over the coming months, with "a handful" remaining.

    Northern, which covers the North West, North East, Midlands and Yorkshire, has said 101 brand new trains will join their fleet as part of a £600m investment.

    New trains will 'transform' Harrogate to London journey

    Five new rail services using brand new Azuma trains between Harrogate and London are being unveiled by York-based LNER today.

    New Azuma train
    BBC

    The extra services will start on 15 December, increasing the number of direct trains between Harrogate and King's Cross from one to six each day.

    LNER is currently replacing its existing trains with the new Azuma, with the full fleet expected to be replaced by June.

    The increased service from Harrogate is being launched with a special VIP trip between the North Yorkshire town and Leeds this afternoon.

    LNER managing director David Horne said Harrogate was "an incredibly important destination" for the company.

    "We're delighted to be creating significantly more opportunities for business travellers, tourists and international visitors to make Harrogate an even more attractive and accessible destination...The new Azuma fleet will transform the journey experience," he added.

    Off-road bike search after crash teen left 'critical'

    Anna Murray

    BBC Tees

    Cleveland Police is trying to find an off-road bike involved in a crash which has left a 17-year-old boy in a critical condition.

    The boy suffered serious head injuries in the incident near Skinningrove pier on Friday afternoon.

    The bike was taken from the crash site before police arrived.

    Arrests after elderly 'targeted in own homes'

    A man has been charged with seven offences including kidnap after a range of incidents involving elderly people in the Marton area of Middlesbrough.

    The 25-year-old has also been charged with with three counts of burglary and fraud.

    A 19-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft and has been released while investigations continue.

    The charges and arrest were made in connection with incidents where elderly people were targeted in their homes, Cleveland Police said.

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    Cleveland Police

    Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

    There are major problems on train services to, from and through Calderdale in West Yorkshire this morning. Click here for all the latest details.

    Otherwise:

    • The 08:44 York to Plymouth service has been cancelled
    • The 08:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled
    • The 09:31 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
    • The 10:07 York to Sunderland service has been cancelled

    For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

    Luke Jobson: Two charged with affray

    BBC Tees

    Police investigating the case of Luke Jobson whose body was found in the River Tees in January have charged two men with affray.

    The 22-year-old went missing after a night out in Yarm.

    A 17-year-old-boy and a 19-year-old man have been charged with affray.

    They will appear before court in January.

    Another 17-year-old and two 19-year-olds have been released under investigation on suspicion of affray.

    Luke Jobson
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    Hundreds of passengers stuck on trains after wire damage

    About 650 passengers are stuck on trains on the East Coast Main Line because of overhead wire damage, the fire service says.

    The damaged wires
    North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

    Tony Walker, from the North Yorkshire fire service, says the incident, which is north of York, involves the fire service and Network Rail.

    About 650 people are trapped on three passenger trains in the area, he said.

    Many rail services have been affected by the blocked line.

    'Major disruption' on trains due to overhead wire problem

    Damaged overhead electric wires between Northallerton and York are currently causing "major disruption" for rail passengers.

    Trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 70 minutes or revised, according to National Rail Enquiries.

    The problem is expected to last until the end of the day, with train operator LNER advising passengers not to travel today.

    LNER passengers with tickets dated for travel today are being told they will be valid for travel tomorrow.

    If passengers are not able to travel on Tuesday they will be entitled to a refund, the firm adds.

    'Can't wait to get started' - Yorkshire's new tourism boss

    Tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire has announced who will take over as its new chief executive.

    James Mason
    Welcome to Yorkshire

    James Mason, 41, who was born and raised in Bradford and was previously chief operating officer at Bradford City FC, will take up the post in the New Year.

    He'll take over from Sir Gary Verity who resigned on health grounds in March and who has since faced allegations of bullying and inappropriately claiming expenses.

    Mr Mason said: "I know the organisation has been through a challenging period and I understand the need for transparency going forward...I really can't wait to get started."

    Peter Box, chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "This is a new start for Welcome to Yorkshire and I’m very much looking forward to working with James to build on the organisation’s fantastic foundations."

    Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

    If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, the vast majority of services appear to be generally running on time.

    However:

    • The 08:31 York to Glasgow Central service has been cancelled
    • The 08:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
    • The 08:41 Bradford Forster Square to Skipton service has been cancelled
    • The 08:52 York to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
    • The 09:11 York to Burley Park service has been cancelled
    • The 09:18 Leeds to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
    • The 09:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled
    • The 09:40 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled

    For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

    Labour launches 'regional manifestos' in England

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

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell
    PA Media

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

    Each manifesto outlines plans for individual regions, with most of the pledges to be paid for by Labour's £250bn Green Transformation Fund - a pot of money raised through borrowing it promises to spend on projects to improve sustainability.

    The pledges impacting on Yorkshire include:

    • Northern Powerhouse Rail - improving connections between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, and Newcastle, and cutting journey times
    • Nine plastics remanufacture and recycling sites - one for each region

    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".