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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.

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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 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 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 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.

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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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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

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, from J10 for B430 Brackley to J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - Temporary closure on M40 southbound from J10, B430 (Brackley) to J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an overturned vehicle and 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, between J11 for A422 and J10 for A43.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed on M40 southbound between J11, A422 (Banbury) and J10 A43, because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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, between J10 for A43 and J11 for A422.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M40 northbound between J10 A43 and J11, A422 (Banbury).

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, between J10 for A43 and J11 for A422.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and it's very slow on M40 northbound between J10 A43 and J11, A422 (Banbury), because of emergency repairs.

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

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, from J10 for B430 Brackley to J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed on M40 southbound from J10, B430 (Brackley) to J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident involving lorry and a car.

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