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  1. Goodbye

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    That's the end of this week's live updates for Northamptonshire. Thank you for joining us.

    It's been a busy afternoon and you can scroll back to see reaction from the local election, where the Tories increased their majority at Northamptonshire County Council.

    And you can visit here to catch up with the local election results from across the UK.

    We'll be back with regular news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county from 08:00 on Monday.

    In the meantime, have a great weekend.

  2. Northamptonshire's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

    In Northamptonshire, the Conservative party gained 8,832 votes in yesterday's local elections - 45.54% of the vote.

    It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

    The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English county council elections.  

  3. BreakingCounty council election: It's all over

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    All 57 seats on Northamptonshire County Council have now been declared. Here's the final result...

    The Conservatives have extended their control with 43 seats, up from 36.

    Labour have one extra councillor, taking their tally to 12.

    It's been a disappointing day for the Liberal Democrats, who've seen their number of seats fall from six in the 2013 election to two. Their local leader, Brendan Glynane, lost his Delapre seat to Labour. 

    And there'll be no UKIP representatives on the council. Their three seats were Tory gains. 

  4. Our live updates for the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Phew, I think we're just about wrapped up.

    Updates on today's local and mayoral elections have now finished - thanks for joining us.

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed.

    Here are the key points for the day...

    • Conservatives gain control of Cambridgeshire County Council, winning 36 seats
    • UKIP lose all 10 seats on the council
    • Conservative James Palmer becomes the mayor for the combined authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - in charge of £800m to spend on areas including housing and transport

    We'll be back with your regular dose of news, sport, weather and travel on Monday from 08:00.

    Have a great weekend.

  5. Cambridge's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

    In Cambridge, the Conservative party gained 72,047 votes in yesterday's local elections - 40.41% of the vote.

    It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

    The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English county council elections.

  6. County council election: Labour group leader to stand down

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    John McGhee has announced he is to stand down as Labour group leader on Northamptonshire County Council.

    Mr McGhee won his Kingswood ward and Labour look set to win more than the 11 seats they had before today.

    John McGhee

    He said: "It's been extremely difficult watching the destruction of public services in Northamptonshire [by the Conservatives].

    "I decided [to stand down] well before this election. I've been doing it so long. It has nothing to do with today's results.

    "I think it is time for fresh blood." 

    He added he would continue to hold the Conservatives on the council to account.  

  7. Local election in Cambridgeshire: Conservatives pull in the votes

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    It's been a great day for the Conservatives in Cambridgeshire, who not only have seen James Palmer elected as the first mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - they also regained control of Cambridgeshire County Council.

    Here's what a Tory county council means for residents from leader Steve Count...

    View more on twitter
  8. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Well, that's it for this week on BBC Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

    Our main stories of the day have been the local election results for Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, in which the Conservatives have added to their majorities. 

    We have also reported on a helicopter crash close to High Wycombe that's left three men needing urgent medical treatment. 

    You can of course read all the stories by scrolling through the page. 

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, so whatever you're doing this weekend we all hope it's a good one. 

  9. Mayoral elections: 'I will make sure I am successful'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    The new mayor Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Conservative James Palmer, has been speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire after his victory was announced a short while ago.

    He said he would put "all the effort in" to make sure he was successful as mayor.

    James Palmer

    "We have to make sure decisions are made to change Cambridgeshire, not just for four years, but for 30, to 40, to 50 years," he said.

    "I've been the only one bold enough to say what I would do all the way through the campaign.

    "The Lib Dems worked very hard in the campaign. Rod was a credible candidate. It was a good fight to the end.  

    "It's a good day for the Conservatives. I am very delighted we have full control of Cambridgeshire County Council."

  10. County council election: Tory leader 'very pleased'

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    It's been a good day for the Conservatives in Northamptonshire.

    They've extended their control of the county council from the 36 seats they won in 2013 to 40 so far, with five left to declare.

    Heather Smith, Conservative leader on the council, said: "I'm very pleased. We've exceeded our number from four years ago and our target for 40 seats.

    Heather Smith

    "We expected turnout to be low because of the general election.

    "I expected the Liberal Democrats to do better.

    "I can't foresee a bigger majority will make a difference [to how we govern]. We have to work within a certain budget."

  11. Mayoral election: Who is James Palmer?

    Here's a profile of the new Conservative mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and what he hopes to achieve...

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  12. Mayoral election: James Palmer celebrates win

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here was the moment James Palmer became Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's first ever mayor...

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    He's been celebrating his victory with his family...

    James Palmer and family

    The Conservative candidate was elected mayor with 88,826 votes (56.9%).

    Lib Dem candidate Rod Cantrill came second with 67,205 votes (43.1%).

  13. County council election: Labour 'strengthened'

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    Labour's Danielle Stone has told me she thinks the Labour group has been "strengthened in this election".

    She said she believes in strong opposition and Labour can provide that.

    She added: "I only won last time by 50 votes and now I have a huge majority".

    Mrs Stone retained her seat in Abington and Phippsville.

  14. County council election: UKIP wiped out

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    All three UKIP councillors on Northamptonshire County Council have lost their seats, mirroring big losses for the party all over the country in these local elections.

    Brackley, Daventry West and Kingsthorpe North were all Conservative gains.

    We're entering the closing stages of the count now. With six seats left to declare, the Tories are on 40 seats and Labour have 11.

  15. Conservative James Palmer elected mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the full results...

    Election results
  16. BreakingMayoral election: James Palmer becomes mayor

    Conservative candidate James Palmer has become the first mayor for the combined authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

    More to follow...

  17. Mayoral election: Result due shortly

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    I'm being told the final result is imminent.

    Stay tuned...

  18. Hertfordshire's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

    In Hertfordshire, the Conservative party gained 133,577 votes in yesterday's local election - 46.05% of the vote.

    It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

    The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English county council elections.  

  19. Mayoral election: More results announced

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Second round of counting has finished in a number of the council areas. Huntingdon were first to declare, which you can see further down the feed.

    Here are the latest figures...

    East Cambridgeshire

    • James Palmer (Conservative) - 1,125
    • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 1,799

    Fenland

    • James Palmer (Conservative) - 1,599
    • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 1,086

    Peterborough

    • James Palmer (Conservative) - 3,040
    • Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem) - 2,516

    South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge still to declare.