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Summary

  1. Conservatives retain control of Welwyn Hatfield, St Albans and Broxbourne councils
  2. Labour keeps Stevenage
  3. No seats being contested in Bedfordshire
  4. A third of seats being contested in Milton Keynes - counting on Friday

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J22 for A1081 and J23 for A1.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise between J22, A1081 (St Albans) and J23 A1(M), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, around J19 for M25 affecting J21 for M1.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise in Chandler's Cross around J19, M25 (Watford), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J21 M1.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. MK elections: No-one in overall control

    Andy Holmes

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    It would seem like it is potentially good news for the Conservative Party on Milton Keynes Council.

    They now have 24 seats on the council compared to Labour's 21 and the Lib Dem's 12.

    Yesterday they had 22 seats, the same as Labour.

    They won six seats in all and gained two, one from Labour and one from the Lib Dems.

    The Labour party won eight seats, but were contesting nine.

    Milton Keynes Tory party members

    It means no party has a big enough majority to rule, so there are due to be discussions over the next few days to work out who will be in charge.

    Labour had been in charge, but only with the support of the Lib Dems.

  4. Watford Borough Council results are in

    The final Hertfordshire results we were waiting for were for Watford Borough Council and they have now all come in.

    There is no change, as the Liberal Democrats have kept their control.

    The party won nine seats, Labour got three, but lost one seat to the Lib Dems. The Conservatives have no seats.

    The council make-up is now:

    • Lib Dems: 26
    • Labour: 10
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  5. Hertfordshire elections: Lib Dems take charge of Three Rivers

    The political make up for Three Rivers District Council has now changed.

    Until yesterday, no party had overall control, but today the Liberal Democrats are in control.

    They had eight councillors elected last night compared to four for the Conservatives and one for Labour.

    The council make-up is now:

    • Lib Dems: 20
    • Con: 16
    • Labour: 3
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  6. New mayor pays tribute to 'phenomenal' old mayor

    The new Liberal Democrat mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, has praised the outgoing mayor, his party colleague Dorothy Thonrhill, who stood down after serving for 16 years.

    After winning he said Ms Thornhill was a "phenomenal mayor for this town" and he was "very grateful for her support".

    On winning, he said: "It's been a really important campaign for me, I have given it everything that I have got.

    "I know now that I have got to work really hard to repay those people that have put their faith in me", he said.

    Peter Taylor
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    Severe disruption: A4128 Buckinghamshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4128 Buckinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between Temple End and Hamilton Road.

    A4128 Buckinghamshire - A4128 Hughenden Road in High Wycombe closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Temple End junction and the Hamilton Road junction, because of underground fire.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. No overall control in Milton Keynes

    Milton Keynes
    Image caption: The artwork Concrete Cows on display at the Midsummer Place shopping centre, Milton Keynes.

    Milton Keynes Council in Buckinghamshire remains under no overall control.

    However, the Conservatives took two seats - one each from Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

  9. Watford mayor vote in numbers

    The Watford mayoral election had to go to a second round of counting, before Peter Taylor, the Liberal Democrat won.

    The election has been carried out using the supplementary voting system, where voters pick their first preference candidate, and a second preference.

    After the first preference votes were counted up, the results were:

    • Lib Dems: 13,274
    • Labour: 9,223
    • Conservative: 4,787

    So, while despite having the largest number of votes, Mr Taylor did not quite have the 50%+ majority he needed to win.

    The third placed candidate, Conservative George Jabbour, was therefore eliminated, and the second preference votes of those electors who voted for him were counted.

    Those second preference results were:

    • Lib Dems: 2,656
    • Labour: 727

    Which gave Mr Taylor his clear majority.

    Supplementary voting system card
    Image caption: How an unspoilt voting card should look
  10. BreakingWatford has a new mayor

    The results are in and Watford has a new elected mayor in the shape of the Liberal Democrat candidate, Peter Taylor.

    He replaces Dorothy Thornhill who stood down after serving the town for 16 years.

    The count went to the second round.

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  11. Hertfordshire elections: Three Rivers results come in

    Andy Holmes

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    Six results have so far been declared at Three Rivers District Council in Hertfordshire.

    It's two holds for the Liberal Democrats, plus they have won Leavesden ward where the previous councillor resigned and went independent in March.

    Labour hold in South Oxhey and it's a Tory hold for Chorleywood North and Sarratt ward and Moor Park and Eastbury ward.

    Seven more results are expected and the current score is 3 Lib Dem, 2 Con and 1 Lab.

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  12. Voter ID trial at Watford election 'successful'

    A voter ID pilot scheme has taken place during the Watford local elections.

    The town was one of five areas taking part in the scheme, run by the government's Cabinet Office, to get voters to show ID before they could vote.

    In total it's been announced that 64 people were not able to vote as they didn't have the correct ID.

    Ballot box

    Manny Lewis, Watford's returning officer told me the trial had been "quite successful" and they will now do a "full evaluation".

    "We believe people's right to vote has been absolutely maintained throughout this ID pilot," he said.

    "We need to capture the learning - 64 is a number we would like to get down to 0."

  13. MK elections: Result expected to be 'close'

    Andy Holmes

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    The Milton Keynes Council vote is now well and truly under way, where the turnout has been 32.59%.

    The feeling here is that it will be a close one, as the current make up of the council is no overall control.

    The ruling party is Labour, after gaining support from the Liberal Democrats.

    Mark Lancaster

    The Conservative Milton Keynes North MP, Mark Lancaster (pictured), says he's pleased with the national local election results for his party saying "Labour don't look like a party moving forward".

    As for the situation in Milton Keynes he says it "could be mixed set of results with parties losing and gaining, but I'm optimistic the Tories might end up as the largest party".