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Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs Bedford Hospital, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. Bedford Hospital Trust saw 81.7% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 91.7%.

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At Bedford Hospital NHS Trust a total of 1,334 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 70 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

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This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

How is your local A&E doing?

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust, which runs Luton and Dunstable hospital, met its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. Luton & Dunstable Hospital Trust saw 97.4% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 98.6%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust a total of 316 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 1 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

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Tories still the largest party - but voters 'weary and disillusioned'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

For the last few weeks, it's been clear from the stories coming from canvassers that voters are frustrated and angry.

Some want Brexit to happen quickly, others would still like it reversed, but the overwhelming mood was a sense of annoyance that because the main parties can't agree, all other politics has come to a halt.

And that's why people voted in large numbers for candidates who were not from the main national parties..

And if an independent or candidate from their preferred party wasn't standing, they either stayed at home or they spoilt their ballot paper.

The Conservatives are still the largest party in the BBC East region, but they are diminished.

And Labour may not have been punished as hard, but making so few gains in our region after nine years of Conservative government does not auger well for a general election.

The big winners were the Lib Dems. After eight years of haemorrhaging votes in local elections, they made serious gains and are once again big players in the politics of the region.

Labour and the Tories hope this election has been a nasty one-off.

But voters are disillusioned and weary.

It may take time to win them back.

'Tories take a hit while Lib Dems gain ground'

Ben Schofield

Political Reporter, BBC Look East

With more councils being declared, two trends are emerging: the Conservatives taking a hit and the Liberal Democrats gaining ground.

In Welwyn Hatfield the Conservatives are now two short of a majority, having previously controlled the council by a whisker. The Lib Dems saw their seat tally here increase from eight to 12.

The Tories kept firm hold of East Hertfordshire Council, albeit with a reduced majority. The Lib Dems here have seen their ranks swell from just one councillor to six.

Little changed in Labour-held Stevenage and Luton.

The Green Party have two new seats in East Hertfordshire,

Not a good night for Tories in Herts and Beds

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

We're not even halfway there with the results yet, but 3 May is not a great day to be waking up as a Conservative in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Although they've held on to Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Dacorum and East Herts councils, they've lost overall control of both Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans, where Tory Leader Alec Campbell has lost his seat.

The Lib Dems have been the biggest benefactors from all of this, gaining more than 20 seats, while Labour have held Luton and Stevenage.

Friday's counts include all of Central Beds, Bedford's Mayoral election and a third of Milton Keynes Council, where the Tories are defending 12 seats.

And that means the day could yet get worse for the Conservatives.

Labour retain power in Luton but lose seats

Labour have held on to control of Luton but lost three seats to the Lib Dems, who also took a seat from the Conservatives.

Luton count
Luton Borough Council

The breakdown of the council is now: Labour 32, Lib Dems 12 and Conservatives four.

The overall turnout was 29.37% and the number of votes cast was 42,904.

Returning officer Laura Church said: "This has been another successful day for democracy in Luton."

Luton Borough Council: Labour hold

Labour retain control of Luton.

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Luton Borough Council: Turnout announced

Luton Borough Council has announced this year's turnout was 29.37% - that’s 42,904 verified votes across 19 wards.

Luton Borough Council: Counting well under way

Counting for all wards up for election at Luton Borough Council is under way with a result expected at about 03:30 BST.

All 48 seats are being defended. Labour currently holds power with 35 seats.

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The picture in Bedfordshire

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

All the seats on Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Luton Borough councils are being contested.

Luton Town Hall
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Central Bedfordshire currently has 52 Conservative councillors, with seven others made up of Independents, Labour and Lib Dems.

In the unitary authority's 10-year history, the Tories have never had fewer than 49 councillors so it would be a national news shock if the authority didn't stay blue.

The Labour-run council in Luton has had an interesting few months. On the non-political side, it's just appointed a new chief executive, plus plans for a new stadium for the town's football club have got the green light, subject to a call-in from opposition.

There have also been some de-selections of Labour councillors. Some are not standing, one is going independent, and one now standing as a Conservative candidate.

Three candidates are standing for Best4Luton, a party started by a couple of former Luton Conservatives.