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BreakingBuckingham: Conservative hold

Greg Smith is the newly elected Conservative MP for Buckingham. The town's former MP and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow retired last month.

BreakingConservatives hold Banbury

Victoria Prentis has extended her majority from 12,399 to 16,813 in Leave-voting Banbury.

End of an era in Buckingham as speaker departs

Nic Rigby

BBC News

This election has seen the retirement from parliament of one of the most colourful and controversial speakers of recent years, John Bercow (pictured).

John Bercow
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After 22 years representing Buckingham, his departure also means that, for the first time in more than a decade, people living in his constituency will get to take part in a proper election.

In the last two elections, the mainstream parties chose not to field candidates, an unwritten rule in whichever seat the speaker sits in, although that did not stop Nigel Farage putting up a UKIP candidate in 2010.

Even before Bercow’s elevation, this seat has been Conservative since the 1960s so Greg Smith, the Tory candidate, will fancy his chances first time out. His wife is expecting their child in January.

That said, the Lib Dems, on paper, have a strong challenger in the shape of former Tory Health Minister Stephen Dorrell.

Elections against backdrop of crisis county

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The General Election 2019 in Northamptonshire is held against the backdrop of a failing crisis-hit county council.

The problems facing the Conservative-controlled council have reached such a level that the decision has been made to scrap it in 2021 - along with Northamptonshire's seven borough and district councils - and create two new unitary councils.

Northamptonshire County Council HQ
BBC

In August, it was reported that the finances at a council, which hit a crisis in 2018, were still not on track, with forecasts predicting £8m of £41m savings needed in 2019-20 will not be made.

Whether the problems faced by the council will impact on the General Election is another matter.

Analysis: Brexit-supporting county features key marginals

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

When it comes to leaving the European Union, Northamptonshire was unequivocal with 59% of voters backing that option in 2016.

Whether they favour Boris Johnson’s “oven-ready Brexit” or not remains to be seen.

Northampton
Geograph/John Sutton

Austerity is another big talking point, following the collapse of the financially unstable, Conservative-run county council.

Andrea Leadsom
BBC

Whatever the issues, it’s unlikely four of the current seven Conservative-controlled seats will change hands, with business secretary Andrea Leadsom (pictured above) looking certain to hold on to her South Northamptonshire seat.

Northampton North, Northampton South (pictured top) and Corby will be much closer.

In the former, Michael Ellis’ triumphed over Labour’s Sally Keeble by just 807 votes in 2017.

Whoever wins in that bellwether seat could well see their party leader heading to Number 10.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, from J10 for B430 Brackley to J11 for A422.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed and queues on M40 northbound from J10, B430 (Brackley) to J11, A422 (Banbury), because of recovery work.

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

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, from J10 for A43 to J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M40 southbound from J10 A43 to J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, from J8A for A418 Oxford Services to J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound from J8a, A418 (Oxford Services) to J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane blocked on exit slip road and it's slow southbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, at J10 for B430 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 exit slip road partially blocked and it's slow southbound at J10, B430 (Brackley), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A361 Northamptonshire both ways

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A361 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between Welsh Road and The Twistle.

A361 Northamptonshire - A361 in Aston Le Walls closed and queues in both directions between the Welsh Road junction and The Twistle junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, before J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 partially blocked and it's very slow northbound before J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A34 Oxfordshire northbound

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A34 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, from A423 Southern By-Pass Road to A44 Woodstock Road.

A34 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked and queues on A34 northbound from Hinksey Hill Interchange in South Hinksey to the A44 Woodstock Road junction in Yarnton, because of accident investigation work. Congestion to Abingdon, routes through Abingdon are also congested as well as HInskey Hill Road.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow northbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J11 for A422.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J11, A422 (Banbury), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A422 and J10 for A43.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J11, A422 (Banbury) and J10 A43, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, from J8A for A418 Oxford Services to J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound from J8a, A418 (Oxford Services) to J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A422 Northamptonshire both ways

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A422 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, from Queens Street to Hinton in the Hedges turn off.

A422 Northamptonshire - A422 in Farthinghoe closed and queues in both directions from the Queens Street junction to the Hinton in the Hedges turn off junction, because of an accident involving two lorries and a car. Congestion to Steane.

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

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, from J8A for A418 Oxford Services to J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed on M40 northbound from J8a, A418 (Oxford Services) to J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A421 Buckinghamshire both ways

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A421 Buckinghamshire both ways severe disruption, from A421 to Radclive Road.

A421 Buckinghamshire - A421 in Tingewick closed and it's slow in both directions from the A421 junction to the Radclive Road junction, because of a vehicle on fire.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 exit slip road partially blocked and it's very slow southbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: A361 Oxfordshire both ways

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A361 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between New Road and Bloxham Road.

A361 Oxfordshire - A361 South Newington Road in Milcombe closed and it's slow in both directions between the New Road junction and the Bloxham Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: A41 Oxfordshire both ways

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A41 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, from Oxford Road to A4421 Seelschied Way.

A41 Oxfordshire - A41 Aylesbury Road in Bicester closed and queues in both directions from Bicester Little Chef Roundabout to the A4421 Seelschied Way junction, because of a car on fire.

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

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked and it's slow on M40 northbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, from J10 for A43 to J11 for A422.

M40 Oxfordshire - It's slow on M40 northbound from J10 A43 to J11, A422 (Banbury), because of a break down earlier. All lanes have been re-opened.

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