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  1. Andrea Leadsom waits for the first round Tory Leadership battle result
  2. Northants police officer stabbed in the hand
  3. Hamilton and Rosberg face suspension threat from their F1 bosses
  4. Schools shut as teachers strike
  5. News, sport, travel, weather and other updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for today, but we'll be back tomorrow.

    We'll bring the latest developments in the race to be the next prime minister and the fortunes of South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom.

    Tomorrow also see the publication of the Chilcot Report into the Iraq War.

    Plus we'll continue the build up to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

  2. Weather: Sunny tonight and tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Staying dry with sunny spells this evening and dry overnight with lows of 9C (48F).


    A chilly start to Wednesday, but quickly warming up in the sunshine with highs of 20C (68F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. What will happen with the Conservative leadership contest?

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Today is the first round of voting in the race to be the next leader of not only Conservative Party, but also the country.

    All Tory MPs are voting and we are expecting a result at around 18:30.

    Liam Fox, Theresa May, Stephen Crabb, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove
    Image caption: (l-r) Liam Fox, Theresa May, Stephen Crabb, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove

    The candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated, and unless two or more pull out then another secret ballot will be held on Thursday, and then again on Tuesday, until the list is whittled down to two candidates, who will then go forward to a vote of the entire Conservative membership.

    The BBC Brexit and Tory Leadership Live page will have the latest.

  4. Video: Missing action man make it to space


    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Footage has emerged of an Action Man astronaut doll missing after it was launched into near space, showing its dramatic fall to Earth.

    "Major Tom" took flight on 26 June, to celebrate 50 years of Action Man.

    He travelled 19 miles (30km) before descending. A tracker device was found in a field in Creaton in Northamptonshire, but the doll and capsule were missing.

    The on-board camera has now been found and shows the "capsule" falling apart and ejecting the doll, which remains lost.

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    Video caption: Watch the action man, who is missing in Northamptonshire, make it to space.
  5. NUT: 'There are teachers leaving the profession'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    During today's teachers' strike the National Union of Teachers (NUT) linked with the University & College Union (UCU) for a joint protest on Northampton's Racecourse.

    The county council say they know of 10 schools that were completely shut and 12 which were partially shut.

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the strike was "unnecessary" and "harmful" but Stuart Coe from the NUT in Northamptonshire explained to me why they were striking today:

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    Video caption: National Union of Teachers say there are teachers leaving the profession over funding.
  6. Who are Northamptonshire's MPs backing to be the next prime minister?

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Now that Philip Hollobone is backing Andrea Leadsom to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister, I can update this picture of who our MPs are backing...

    Leadership contest

    Again if you don't recognise the faces they are

    Theresa May (top left): Michael Ellis (Northampton North), David Mackintosh (Northampton South)Andrea Leadsom (top centre): Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry), Tom Pursglove (Corby), Philip Hollobone (Kettering)Undeclared: Peter Bone (Wellingborough)

    Get the latest from the BBC Tory Leadership Live page.

  7. Kettering MP backs Andrea Leadsom for prime minister

    Annabel Amos

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, has voted in the Conservative Party leadership contest, and told me that he's put his mark by the MP for South Northamptonshire Andrea Leadsom.

    Philip Hollobone

    Mr Hollobone had said on Friday he would decide over the weekend, and unlike many other MPs, he didn't take to Twitter to reveal his choice as he told us last week he "doesn't know how to tweet", but rather he called the office and told us.

    As yet the only MP we haven't heard from is Wellingborough's Peter Bone.

  8. Leadsom 'not one of the tiny band of lunatics' says Ken Clarke

    Sky News

    If politicians have learned one thing by now, you'd think they'd have realised there's always a microphone somewhere nearby.

    Nevertheless, it seems senior Conservatives Ken Clarke and Sir Malcolm Rifkind have been caught having a candid chat in the Sky News studio about their party's leadership race.

    Ken Clarke

    Mr Clarke - who has a reputation for saying what he thinks - gave his tuppence-worth on South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, saying:

    Quote Message: She is not one of the tiny band of lunatics who think we can have a sort of glorious economic future outside the single market. So long as she understands that she's not to deliver on some of the extremely stupid things she's been saying." from Kenneth Clarke Conservative MP for Rushcliffe, Notts
    Kenneth ClarkeConservative MP for Rushcliffe, Notts
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    Video caption: Looking at the teams behind the five candidates who could be the next UK prime minister.
  10. Video: Son auctions off Dad's 3,000 Dinky and Corgi toys

    Mike Cartwright

    BBC Look East

    Today there are 3,000 Dinky and Corgi toys up for auction from a toy car collection built up over 50 years.

    Andy George is selling off the collection which belonged to his late father Ray

    Many of the cars are in mint condition, still in their boxes, including a James Bond Aston Martin with the ejector seat.

    Andy said that he just doesn't have room for all the cars...

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    Video caption: Son auctions off dad's 3,000-piece Dinky and Corgi toy collection
  11. Latest Tory leadership support figures

    BBC Politics

    Here - courtesy of colleagues in BBC research - is the latest tally of how many declared backers the contenders in the Conservative leadership contest have.

    Voting is under way in the first round, with the candidate with the least number of votes due to drop out.

    Andrea Leadsom

    There are 330 Conservative MPs, which means 97 of them have yet to show their hand. The result of the first round is expected around 19:00.

    Theresa May - 132

    Andrea Leadsom (South Northants MP, pictured) - 42

    Michael Gove - 27

    Stephen Crabb - 23

    Liam Fox - 9

  12. Police base could be built at Wootton Hall Park or Swan Valley, says PCC

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The county's new police and crime commissioner, Steven Mold, says there is still scope for the county's police force to have a base at their Wootton Hall Park headquarters in Northampton.

    Police HQ

    The site is due to become a school from September and its sale was agreed by the previous commissioner - Adam Simmonds.

    Mr Mold told me the police still own part of the Wootton Hall site and a new building could be built there or another option would be to use Swan Valley near junction 15a of the M1.

  13. If the police have no headquarters, what is the current plan?

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The process of moving Northamptonshire Police out of its headquarters could cost £6.9m.

    The money is being set aside by the police and crime commissioner to improve other police buildings which will house the staff who are based at the current Wootton Hall HQ in Northampton.

    police building

    Work has also started on a new accommodation and investigation centre situated just off the A43 next to the A6003 between Kettering and Corby.

    It should be completed by spring 2017, and will house approximately 350 staff.

  14. New PCC says he wouldn't have sold Wootton Hall site

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The county's new police and crime commissioner says he has taken legal advice to see if he could halt the sale of the Police Headquarters at Wootton Hall in Northampton, but stopping the deal has proved impossible. 

    Stephen Mold

    The site was sold by Adam Simmonds, the first PCC, and a new school will be built on it.

    Stephen Mold, who was elected in May, told me he "would have done it differently" and would have "most probably" built a brand new headquarters on the Wootton Hall site.

    But he explained the site was sold on the afternoon before he took office on Thursday, 12 May.

  15. Northamptonshire police officer stabbed in the hand

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A police officer has been stabbed in the hand during a call-out in Hardlands Road in Duston yesterday at 18.30.

    Hardland Road

    Supt Chris Hillery said the officer was taken to Northampton General Hospital for treatment.

    A 47-year-old-man was arrested and is was in police custody.  

  16. British Grand Prix: How does an F1 driver's mind work around Silverstone?

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    In the build-up to the British Grand Prix, Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn talks to me about what goes through his mind around a lap of Silverstone.

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    Video caption: British GP: Inside the mind of an F1 driver at Silverstone
  17. Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg: Mercedes orders would 'rob' racing fans

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Lewis Hamilton says he will "pray and hope" Mercedes do not introduce team orders in his Formula 1 title battle with Nico Rosberg because it "robs" fans and "takes the joy" out of racing.

    Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff and Nico Rosberg

    The team-mates collided while racing for the lead on the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, which Hamilton went on to win. He now trails Rosberg, who was fourth, by 11 points.

    Triple world champion Hamilton said: "I've been in that position before. It goes against all racing values."

    The two drivers will resume their contest at this weekend's British Grand Prix, where a crowd of 140,000 is expected on race day at Silverstone.

    Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has indicated he could impose restrictions to prevent them from racing freely, reducing the likelihood of another crash.

  18. County Championship: Derbyshire v Northants abandoned for second day

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    Turns out Northamptonshire opener Ben Duckett was right as day two of the County Championship game between Derbyshire and Northamptonshire at Chesterfield was abandoned two hours before the scheduled start time.

    Umpires Neil Mallender and Ian Blackwell inspected the Queen's Park ground at 09:00, but deemed the outfield too wet after overnight rain.

    The opening day of the Division Two match was also called off on Monday, along with Sunday's T20 Blast game.

  19. Weather forecast: Cloud and sun

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There is some cloud, but also blue skies in the county as you can see from this picture of Great Doddington by BBC Weather Watcher 'Wappet'.

    Great Doddington

    The rest of the day will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine with a high of 19C (66F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.