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MEP on 'sorry mess' of Labour leadership

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Rory Palmer, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, has tweeted about the "sorry mess" of his party's culture.

He explained that anyone who voiced concerns about Jeremy Corbyn's leadership was "shouted down", "insulted" and told to "get out" of the party.

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Six Tory gains in East Midlands Labour heartland seats

Alex Regan

BBC News

With all 32 East Midlands seats declared, here's a round up of election night Labour's prominence in the region is now confined to eight seats, in comparison to the Tories' 24.

The Conservatives have caused much upset for Labour across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with six gains in traditional mining areas.

In Derbyshire, Labour stalwart Dennis Skinner, 87, lost his seat, which he had held since 1970, to Mark Fletcher.

Dennis Skinner
BBC

Labour also lost Derby North, which has been the centre of controversy after former Labour MP Chris Williamson was suspended from the party over a row about anti-Semitism.

Labour's former High Peak MP Ruth George also lost her seat.

Chris Williamson
PA Media

In Nottinghamshire Labour also lost Bassetlaw, which had been red since 1935.

The former mining constituency is not a traditional Tory ground, but a strong contingent of Leave voters and the departure of former Labour MP John Mann helped sway Bassetlaw to the Tories.

The Tories also took Gedling, which had been held by Labour stalwart Vernon Coaker since 1997.

The final Labour seat to fall was Ashfield, another mining town that was taken by former Labour activist-turned Tory candidate Lee Anderson.

Lee Anderson
BBC

In Leicestershire no seats changed hands but newly elected Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe had a significantly reduced majority in comparison to former MP Keith Vaz.

Alicia Kearns became the new Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton, replacing Sir Alan Duncan, who had sat in the constituency since 1992.

And finally in Rushcliffe, voters got a new MP for the first time in 49 years.

Ruth Edwards retained the constituency for the Conservatives after Ken Clarke announced he was stepping down from the Commons.

Ken Clarke and Ruth Edwards
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Red wall collapses

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

The East Midlands political map now looks very different to the way it did when Labour were last in government in 2010.

It’s now a region where Labour seats are confined to the cities and everywhere else is Conservative.

Since 2010 Labour has lost every town they represented in Parliament with the exception of Chesterfield. Those seats in the former industrial areas, dubbed the red wall, have actually been collapsing since 2010.

Seats like North West Leicestershire, Sherwood and Amber Valley have now built substantial safe majorities for the Tories.

And Mansfield, which narrowly went blue for the first time in the 2017 election now has a majority of 16,000. Mansfield is a safe Conservative seat. Let that sink in. Bolsover, Bassetlaw and Ashfield are now Conservative seats.

Bassetlaw
BBC

Welcome to the East Midlands 2019 general election coverage

Alex Regan

BBC News

Hello and welcome to the BBC East Midlands election coverage.

The polls closed at 22:00 and counting will begin in the coming moments. In the next few hours you can expect to see the first results from Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire.

We will be keeping you up to date on the latest poll results from across the region.

Ballot box
PA Media

Reporters from across our local radio network will be at all 32 counts, and you can listen to their overnight coverage by following these links:

If you're staying up with us get the kettle on, pop some coffee in the cafetiere, and get ready for a long night.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's a cold and frosty start to the morning.

During the day there will be showers and maybe some sleet on higher ground and bright spells when the clouds break.

Drink-drive crash children appear on warning poster

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Two brothers killed by a drink-driver are appearing on posters in bars and pubs across Derbyshire during the festive period.

Ben and Arron Peak, aged eight and 10, died when their car was hit from behind on the M6 by a driver who was twice the drink-drive limit on 7 June, 2008.

Drink driving poster
Derbyshire Police

He was later jailed for seven years and four months.

Derbyshire Police said: "The photo on these posters, we hope, will act as a stark reminder of the cost of drink-driving."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's drier and brighter this morning, but a few showers could creep in later today.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be a mild but wet and windy day today with showers through the morning and later in the afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

What are the parties' plans on homelessness?

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Kathryn Brown, from Derbyshire, has asked via Your Questions Answered what political parties' serious plans are to relieve homelessness in the 21st century.

All three main parties have said they want to end rough sleeping within five years and also agree to end No Fault Evictions – where tenants can be forced out at the end of a contract.

Labour and Liberal Democrats have pledged to scrap the Vagrancy Act – a C19th law which allows the arrest of rough sleepers. The Conservatives have said they will review the act.

Homelessness man
Getty Images

Both Labour and Liberal Democrats have also promised to lengthen tenancies and limit rent rises.

Labour have pledged to invest £1bn in homelessness services, including improving hostels. They have a target of 150,000 new council and social homes a year and plans for 8,000 new homes for those with a history of rough sleeping.

The Conservatives have said they are committed to the existing Rough Sleeping initiative and Housing First project. There is also a pledge to introduce proposals to improve the supply and quality of social housing.

The Liberal Democrats say they will introduce a duty on local authorities to provide emergency accommodation and increase Local Housing Allowance payments. They also pledge to provide accommodation for domestic abuse survivors.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It is a dry and bright start today but it's set to get a little bit wetter as we head into the rest of the week.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

'Significant delays' after M1 car fire

Alex Regan

BBC News

Significant delays are expected on the M1 southbound between junctions 27 and 29 after a car fire and "a number of collisions", Highways England has said.

Three lanes were closed between junctions 27 and 28, and traffic officers are now clearing the debris from the collisions as well as the fire.

M1 car fire
Highways England

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Patchy cloud is expected at times today but there will be some breaks and we will see blue and sunny skies.

Temperatures will be getting up to 6C or 7C but as we head towards the end of the week things will be turning a bit milder.

CCTV released after GoPro cameras stolen from shop

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to after several GoPro cameras were stolen from a shop in Derby.

Derbyshire Police said two men broke into a cabinet at the branch of Currys in the Meteor Centre retail park at about 15:20 on 30 November.

The force is appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch.

Currys Derby GoPro
Derbyshire Police

Coach carrying passengers crashes into wall on A6

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A coach carrying passengers has crashed into a wall on the A6, closing the road in both directions.

The vehicle left the A6 Dale Road North, near Park View in Darley Dale, and hit a low wall earlier.

Derbyshire Police said no serious injuries have been reported.

The force added it is "not clear" how many people were on the coach, but said they were "all adults".

A6 Dale Road North, near Park View in Darley Dale, Derbyshire
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Labour promises regional 'investment blitz'

BBC Politics

Labour has promised an "investment blitz" across England to bring "wealth, power and prosperity" to communities.

The party launched regional manifestos for each part of the country earlier, including pledges on transport, housing and jobs.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the announcement would "bring our country back together".

But Tory minister Jake Berry said it was "a clear distraction from Corbyn's failure to set out a Brexit plan".

Launching the manifestos in Nottingham, shadow transport secretary Andy MacDonald said the plans would "make sure we deal with the climate crisis", but "harness opportunities at the same time".

Composite image
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Could we have more Christmas elections?

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

The timing of this year's general election has certainly prompted much discussion about the difference winter can make to voters.

But, looking ahead, Paul McFadden, from Nottingham, has got in touch with us using the Your Questions Answered tool on the BBC website to ask whether the fixed term parliaments act (FTPA) means the next scheduled election will also take place in December in five years' time?

BBC East Midlands' political editor Tony Roe says: "It is indeed the case that under the FTPA the next election will be in five years time, so in theory Christmas elections are on the cards for a while.

"But the feeling among MPs of all parties in the last parliament was that the FTPA has been a bit of blunder.

"It’s only actually worked once with the 2015 election. The current election is the second since then... 2020 was meant to be the next election."

Voters
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Mr Roe warns voters not to be surprised if the act is repealed, with a reversal to the situation where we have to have an election "at least every five years".

"That will make Parliament more responsive to events," he said.

"No-one likes treading the streets canvassing in the dark, not the politicians who have to knock on the doors nor the people opening their doors, letting the heating out and the cold air in. And the hot air..."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's been a frosty start, which will give way to a clear, bright and sunny day.

However, this will mean lower temperatures and a chilly night.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be showers, some heavy, likely throughout the day but clearing later.

A clear, cold night could lead to some frosts but it will be a brighter day tomorrow.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Persistent rain will sweep across the region for much of the next 24 hours.

Temperatures are a little lower but still relatively mild for the time of year.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

What do you want to know about the general election?

The election campaign is well and truly under way and on 12 December the UK will go to the polls.

The BBC wants to know about the issues which matter to you and affect your village, town or city.

Whether it's polling, policies, or a local issue, send your questions to us and we'll do our best to answer them.

Follow the links below to ask your questions:

Your Questions Answered
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Stabbed police dog PD Axle retires from duty

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A police dog who made national headlines after being stabbed by a burglar is to retire from duty.

PD Axle, who is eight-and-a-half years old, needed lifesaving surgery due to the attack in July 2018 but made a full recovery and returned to duty.

In a tribute, Derbyshire Police said PD Axle's other achievements included tracking down an on-the-run murderer, finding a lost wedding ring and biting a visiting police officer on the bottom.

PD Axle
PDSA

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be an unsettled start to the week with patches of rain throughout the day, which could turn heavy.

Expect some breezy weather with highs of 11C and lows this evening of 7C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There's a chance of more rain this afternoon and overnight.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Cordon in place following 'serious assault' in Sandiacre

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Detectives are investigating a "serious assault" at a park in Sandiacre in the early hours of this morning.

A cordon is in place at St Giles Park and there is likely to be an increased police presence there all day.

Derbyshire Police have urged anyone who was in the area between midnight and 01:00 to contact them.

St Giles Park
Google

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A mostly cloudy and dry day across the region.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Ponies pictured in fields near Derby rehomed

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Five ponies have been rehomed after they were seen standing in waterlogged fields north of Derby during widespread flooding earlier this month.

A group of animal lovers said they rescued the horses after they became "stranded" in flood water, close to the River Derwent near the A38 Little Eaton island on 8 November.

Ruth Darby, who along with Sue Williams bought the horses, said: "We are probably mad but we have become attached to them and want to give them all a better life."

Ponies in water
Neil Gascoyne

They have set up a JustGiving page to help pay for their care.

The RSPCA had sought to reassure the public after pictures emerged of the horses during heavy rainfall.

A spokeswoman said they had a "tendency to congregate close to the road where the water [was] deeper" and it was "not the case" they were stuck or in danger.

Horses at new home
Ruth Darby