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  1. Updates on Friday, 28 April 2017
  2. Northampton South MP, David Mackintosh, to stand down
  3. Former Northampton South MP Brian Binley to stand again 'if wanted'
  4. No UKIP candidate for Kettering in general election
  5. Man injured after lorry leaves M1
  6. O'Toole signs new Northampton contract

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By Stuart Bailey

All times stated are UK

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Sixfields Stadium and Northampton Town FC crest

The story so far of what happened to £10.25m of council money given to Northampton Town Football Club that seemingly vanished.

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James Law

BBC Sport

Exeter run in six tries to ease past Northampton and move level on points with Premiership leaders Wasps.

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That's it for this week

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Thanks for joining us this week. It's been quite a day with all the fall-out from David Mackintosh's decision not to stand again in his Northampton South seat.

Have a great bank holiday weekend and we'll be back again on Tuesday.

David Mackintosh

Weather: Mostly dry overnight with small chance of rain

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud and just the small chance of an isolated light shower.

There will be light winds, and it is likely to turn chilly in any clearer periods.  


The picture was taken by BBC Weather Watcher 'summermonth' and shows Brixworth.

For a full forecast visit BBC Weather.

O'Toole signs new Cobblers contract

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town midfielder, John-Joe O'Toole, has signed a new two-year contract with the club. 

He joined the Cobblers in summer 2014, has scored 26 goals in just over 100 starts for the club and was named player of the year during their League Two-winning season.

John Joe O'Toole

O'Toole's had surgery to sort out his groin injury and is recovering ahead of pre-season. 

He said: "I'm delighted to sign. I think it's a good club and it's heading in the right direction. 

"I've got a good relationship with the fans and I'm glad it's done now so that I can look ahead to next season."

Manager Justin Edinburgh said: "We knew there would be a lot of interest in him so we were very keen to get John-Joe's future secured early and we are delighted to have done just that.

"Goalscoring midfielders are very hard to come by and John-Joe won us some big matches this season with some very important goals.

"His all-round game was also very impressive and I have been delighted with his attitude and commitment to the club."

David ready for half marathon despite motor neurone disease

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A man from Northampton, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2015, will take part in the Milton Keynes half marathon this Bank Holiday Monday. 

David Solomon will be pushed in his wheelchair by a team from Northampton Road Runners, where he remains a member.

David Solomon
Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity

Motor neurone disease attacks cells in the brain and severely affects speech and mobility.

David and his team are raising money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice, which supports him.

He said: "My attitude towards the disease hasn't changed. I can't beat it, but I'm not going to let it beat me. 

"My outlook is to do what you can, while you can, when you can and have a bit of fun and enjoy it."

David Mackintosh MP

Former Northampton South MP Brian Binley says he would be prepared to stand for the seat after current MP stands down.

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John-Joe O'Toole

Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole signs a new two-year contract with the League One club.

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Parties react to UKIP election deal with Kettering MP

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

As we reported earlier, UKIP won't be fielding a candidate in Kettering for the general election in June after agreeing a deal with the current Conservative MP, Philip Hollobone.

UKIP and Philip Hollobone memorandum of understanding
UKIP/Philip Hollobone

Here's the reaction from Labour and the Liberal Democrats:

I think Philip Hollobone's and UKIP's policies have been close for a while so it's no surprise they've decided to unite. It gives voters a clear choice between one person who'd like a hard Brexit and a candidate who'd prefer to stay in the single market."

Suzanna AustinLiberal Democrat candidate, Kettering

It's a strange one, really. I think a lot of people voted UKIP not because they were looking to come out of the EU, but because they wanted a change and were fed up of being told what to do by politicians. And now UKIP are telling people who to vote for."

Rob ReevesGreen Party candidate, Kettering

I can't help but be pleased because it's going to benefit Labour. A lot of Labour voters had previously voted for UKIP and possibly won't be too keen on voting Conservative, so we're hoping they can come back to us."

Mick ScrimsawLeader of the Labour group on Kettering Borough Council

The rugby team in a football final


You don't even need to be a football team to play in the FA People's Cup.

LBoro Rangers are a group of university students who are taking part in the Higher Education category......

LBoro Rangers will be in action in the Higher Education finals on Sunday

Catch up with what's been going on in the FA People's Cup so far - and follow live coverage of the FA People's Cup finals on Sunday, 30 April and Monday, 1 May.

Cobblers boss ready for trip to former club

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town manager, Justin Edinburgh, admits they've not had to do much homework on Sunday's opposition, as they welcome Gillingham to Sixfields.

The Gills are just above the League One relegation zone, and have a better goal difference than Port Vale, who are fourth from bottom and just a point below them, but it's all to play for going into the last game of the season.

Sixfields stadium in Northampton.

Edinburgh knows what to expect from the Kent side, having managed them until January. 

He said: "No doubt they'll be professional and focused on the job whether or not they're safe.

"We're fully aware of what the opposition threats are on Sunday.

"We're quite privileged that we don't have to do much research."

Saints boss optimistic ahead of 'toughest' tie

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints have their last away trip of the season tomorrow afternoon, and it's one of the longest. 

They're in Devon to face Exeter - one of the most formidable challenges of the season. 

Exeter are second in the table and have won their last five matches with bonus points. 

Sandy Park, Exeter
Getty Images

Saints, who are sixth, are likely to be without George North, Louis Picamoles and Stephen Myler.

Director of rugby, Jim Mallinder, said: "It's one of the toughest places to go and play.

"It's a big open pitch, often quite windy, and they play a particular type of game where they like to play with width and with a bit of a pod system.

"They've been scoring tries and they're a difficult team to beat, but we go down there in good spirits and full of optimism."

Reaction to David Mackintosh MP standing down

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

We reported earlier that the Conservative MP for Northampton South, David Mackintosh, has ruled himself out of June's general election.

Here's how the other major parties have reacted to the news.

David Mackintosh MP.

We look forward to engaging with whichever candidate goes forward from the Conservatives. The branch itself feels like this should help UKIP to increase its vote in Northampton South but we haven't selected a candidate yet."

Rose GibbinsChair, UKIP Northampton

Nobody but the Liberal Democrats can take this seat and, as far as Labour are concerned, they've simply lost their way under Corbyn. We are the proper opposition to the Tories and I'd love to do that on behalf of the people of Northampton."

Jill HopeLiberal Democrat candidate, Northampton South

Let's not pretend he did it of his own accord. He jumped before he was pushed and it's a shame the electorate can't give their verdict on his performance. We're pushing on with our own campaign about public services and the Tories' impact on the standard of living."

Kevin McKeeverLikely Labour candidate, Northampton South:

The Conservative Party probably knew it would have been very difficult to defend the seat had David Mackintosh been the candidate. We'll be selecting a candidate next week, hoping for someone who is able to speak out about green issues and influence the contest."

Steve MillerCoordinator and secretary, Northamptonshire Green Party

A look at the papers

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

Afternoon weather: Cloudy but mostly dry

BBC Weather

Cloud will tend to increase across Northamptonshire through the afternoon, but most places should stay dry.

Highs of 11C (52F).

Weather forecast for Northampton, Friday afternoon.

Looking ahead to the bank holiday weekend, Saturday will be another mostly dry day with sunny spells developing and just the odd light shower possible.

Sunday will be bright and breezy to start with, but with a chance of rain later.

Rather cloudy on Monday with some rain for a time, though winds will ease.

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Your pictures: A mostly cloudy Friday in Northamptonshire

BBC Weather Watchers

The sun made a bit of an appearance early doors, but it's been rather cloudy since. Our BBC Weather Watchers have, as usual, been busy capturing the county in all its glory:

Sunrise over a canal in Northampton.
Sunrise over a field in Irthlingborough.
Cloudy skies over a field in Pattishall.
Cloudy skies over parkland in Brixworth.

For a full forecast, visit BBC Weather.

Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be.....


Images from the 2017 FA People's Cup
BBC Sport

....there'll be just under a hundred teams taking part in the FA People's Cup finals this weekend hoping to book their trip to Wembley.

Each of the winners in the 16 categories in the free five-a-side competition will win tickets to the FA Cup final on 27 May, where they will be presented with their trophies.

You can catch up with what's been going on in the competition here - and you'll be able to follow live coverage from the finals in Birmingham on Sunday and Monday.

Northants head coach reflects on 'disappointing performance'

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It was a poor start for Northamptonshire in the Royal London Cup yesterday. 

They were thrashed in their opening match of the 50-over competition, losing to Warwickshire by ten wickets in a group match cut to 30 overs a side. 

Rob Keogh made 69 not out as Northamptonshire were all out for 151. 

Warwickshire openers William Porterfield and Sam Hain knocked them off with four overs to spare. 

Wantage Road cricket ground in Northampton

Head coach, David Ripley, concedes that his side's performance wasn't good enough.

He said: "We just haven't come out the blocks at all though we've had the sharp end of the conditions. 

"We would liked to have bowled first and obviously we had to stop-start through our innings and we were never quite able to build any partnerships.

"We would have preferred to have had it the other way round but the level of our performance was way down from where we expect it to be and that has been reflected in being very well beaten."

They're next in action on Sunday afternoon in the Royal London Cup when they face Derbyshire at Derby.

I'll be bringing you full commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Former Northampton South MP to stand again 'if wanted'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Brian Binley, the previous MP for Northampton South, has said he would run for office again if asked by the Conservative Party.

It's after current MP, David Mackintosh, announced he would not be standing in June's general election.

Former Northampton South MP, Brian Binley.

Mr Binley held the Northampton South seat for 10 years before retiring in 2015.

He said: "I will stand if I'm wanted, if I can be of any help, if the party thinks that I can help them to win this seat and give Theresa May as strong a base as possible for the Brexit negotiations.

"I'm not looking for it, but if my party thinks it is useful for me to stand then I am happy to answer the call."

M1 crash: Man airlifted to hospital

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man in 60s has been flown to hospital in Coventry after the lorry he was in went down an embankment on the M1 this morning, crashing into trees. 

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance say they dispatched the air ambulance at 07:15 and arrived on the M1 at 07:30. 

The man suffered leg injuries, and arrived at the hospital at 09:18. 

His condition is unknown. 

Traffic hold ups on M1
Highways Agency

A specialists rescue service was used to get him out of the lorry and to asses him. 

His current condition is unknown.

The road has re-opened. 

M1 crash: Road re-opens

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

There's currently queuing traffic on the M1 southbound between junctions 15 and 15 after a lorry left the road earlier this morning, causing the road to be closed for several hours. 

It has since re-opened but one lane remains closed for recovery work. 

There's congestion to junction 15a and on surrounding roads. 

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No UKIP candidate for Kettering in general election

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

UKIP has announced it won't be fielding a candidate in Kettering for the general election on 8 June.

The party has agreed a "memorandum of understanding" with current Conservative MP, Philip Hollobone, to not contest the seat and advise its members to vote for Mr Hollobone instead.

In return, he has committed to supporting a "clean and clear" Brexit and to set up a new forum with UKIP members which will meet every three months.

UKIP and Philip Hollobone MP's memorandum of understanding
UKIP/Philip Hollobone MP

In a statement, Philip Hollobone said: "I share Kettering UKIP’s desire for a clean Brexit and am delighted that they will not be running a candidate against me. 

"We all worked hard together for Brexit, being jointly committed to this as being in the best long-term interests of the country."

Philip Hollobone MP
Philip Hollobone MP

Jonathan Bullock, who was Kettering's UKIP candidate at the last election, said: "I am delighted that we have reached an understanding with Philip Hollobone which confirms Philip’s support for a clean Brexit.

"I am very pleased that UKIP’s leader, Paul Nuttall, gave local branches the choice to not to stand against long-standing Brexiteers. 

"This allows me and our local team to have the opportunity to campaign elsewhere."

Virgin East Coast strike called off after 'progress' talks

BBC News England

A two-day strike by Virgin Trains East Coast workers was called off after talks, a union said.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) were due to walk out in a row over the role of guards, on the service that runs through Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire. 

General secretary Mick Cash said the company had confirmed there will now be a train manager on every passenger service carrying out duties previously carried out by the guard.

The action was due to take place on Friday and Saturday.

Virgin East Coast train

David Horne, managing director of the Virgin Trains route, said "We're making exciting changes on the east coast as part of the customer-centric revolution which has seen us embark on a £140m investment programme in our trains and stations."

Man injured after lorry leaves M1

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man has been injured after a lorry left the road and went down an embankment on the M1 this morning. 

Bucks and MK Fire service say the accident happened just after 05:00 on the southbound carriageway between junction 15 for Northampton and Newport Pagnell Services near the Cattle Creep underpass. 

Crews from Newport Pagnell, Broughton, Mereway, and Aylesbury attended. Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance have confirmed they attended.  

The man has since been released. 

Lorry on side of M1
Bucks and MK Fire

The road remains closed southbound between junctions 15 and 14, causing lengthy hold ups in the area.

Diversions are in place.  

David Mackintosh 'brave' to stand down

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

More reaction now to Northampton South MP, David Mackintosh, ruling himself out of the upcoming general election.

David Mackintosh MP

Mary Markham, who succeeded him as leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: "I'd like to thank David Mackintosh for being brave enough to make this decision.

"As I said last week, I could not support David Mackintosh because that's the message I've been getting from the electorate. 

"Three-quarters of the Conservative Party's executive committee would not have supported David Mackintosh's selection.  

"But, on reflection, it's a very sad day that it ever had to come to this in the first place."

David Mackintosh MP 'likely' to have been deselected

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

David Mackintosh's announcement that he will not be standing as a candidate in June's general election comes just days before a local Conservative Party meeting.

And it is "likely" that he would have been deselected anyway, according to his former agent, Suresh Patel, who's an executive at the Northampton South Conservative Association.

David Mackintosh MP

The BBC reported that about £10m of public money, loaned to Northampton Town FC when Mr Mackintosh was leader of the borough council, later appeared to have vanished. 

Mr Mackintosh has always denied any wrongdoing but Mr Patel thinks it would have been a difficult time for him to run for office again.

He said: "I would like to thank David for all the work he's done as a member of Parliament for the last two years. 

"It is the right time for him to step aside as there is a major police investigation going on.

"But we have to move on and select the right candidate to represent the people of Northampton South."

What next for David Mackintosh and Northampton South?

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

So, Northampton South will be getting a new MP in the general election on 8 June after David Mackintosh's announcement that he will not be running.

This is big move by Mr Mackintosh. He's always been in politics and always wanted to be an MP. 

He achieved that with a majority of just under 4,000 last time around. Now he needs a new job.

The local Conservative Association will still have to hold a meeting to choose a candidate, though we don't yet know if that will still be on Tuesday.

A candidate will be chosen from a list of three provided by Conservative Party central office

We know some local people in the party are keen for a local name but we don't know exactly what will happen with this yet.

Weather: A dry, sunny day ahead

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A bright but chilly start.

Through the day, there will be good spells of sunshine with most places staying dry.

The cloud will tend to increase by the afternoon.

Highs of 13C (55F).  

Weather forecast

Keep up-to-date through the day on the BBC Weather website.

David Mackintosh MP: Now the 'right time' to stand down

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Here's the full statement from Northampton South MP, David Mackintosh, ruling himself out of the upcoming general election:

“After much thought I have decided not to stand again as the Conservative candidate for Northampton South. 

"It has been a huge honour to be the Member of Parliament since 2015, but I now feel it is the right time for my constituents to have a new representative.

“This is an important election for our country with a clear choice: strong and stable leadership for Brexit and beyond under Theresa May - or a coalition of chaos under a weak, floundering, nonsensical Jeremy Corbyn.

“I supported Theresa May since the start of her leadership campaign, and I know that every vote for her and the Conservative team on 8 June will strengthen our hand in negotiations to get the best possible deal for Brexit and beyond, leaving Britain stronger and better off for the future.” 

Northampton South MP to stand down

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The MP for Northampton South, David Mackintosh, says he won't stand as a candidate in the general election on 8 June.

He was facing possible deselection at a local Conservative Party meeting next Tuesday. 

More than half the members of the executive had told the BBC they would not vote for him. 

David Mackintosh MP
Art Conaghan

The BBC previously revealed that about £10m of public money loaned to Northampton Town Football Club when Mr Mackintosh was leader of the borough council appeared to have vanished. 

Mr Mackintosh has always denied any wrongdoing. 

In a statement, he said after "much thought" he had decided it was the "right time" for constituents to have a new representative.

Local party members will now have to choose a new candidate.

Good morning and Happy Friday

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Hello and welcome back to our live updates for Northamptonshire.

We'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county between now and 18:00.

The Bank Holiday weekend is just around the corner and, although you probably won't need your shorts and t-shirt, the weather's not looking too bad. There's a full forecast coming up.

Field in Pattishall.

Severe congestion: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe congestion, at J15 for A45 affecting A508.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 entry slip road closed and very slow traffic southbound at J15, A45 (Northampton). Congestion on A45 to Queen Eleanor Roundabout.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A45 and J14 for A509 affecting J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident involving a lorry. Congestion to J15a, A43 (Northampton Services).

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

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Thanks for your company. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, leisure and travel.

In the meantime, if there is any breaking news we'll post it here.

Have a good evening - and the same to Northants cricketers.

They were all out for 151 in their one-day Royal London Cup game at home to Warwickshire. You can follow live BBC Radio Northampton commentary here.

Overnight weather: Chance of some showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will be rather cloudy with some rain or drizzle. 

Increased cloud cover will bring the risk of some showers overnight, but as skies clear later, temperatures will drop to 0C (32F), giving the risk of frost and icy patches.

Friday's weather map

Largely dry with sunny spells on Friday after a chilly start. Top temperature: 12C (54F).