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Northampton MP at centre of deselection rumours says he has no plans to stand down

Northampton South MP David Mackintosh

David Mackintosh the Conservative MP for Northampton South says he plans to defend his seat at the upcoming General Election despite rumours he could be facing deselection by the local party.

Click below to see a report by ITV Anglia's Sarah Cooper

David Mackintosh the Conservative MP for Northampton South says he plans to defend his seat at the upcoming General Election despite rumours he could be facing deselection by the local party.

It's all about his role in a loan to Northampton Town Football Club when he was leader of the council - where millions of pounds of public money went missing.

Before he was an MP - David Mackintosh was Leader of Northampton Borough Council.

He was in charge when the authority lent more than 10 million pounds to the Cobblers - to improve Sixfields stadium and develop land nearby.

The work was never finished - and now the money's missing and the loan is being investigated by police.

But David Mackintosh has always insisted he's done nothing wrong

I welcome the investigation into the problems with Sixfields Stadium and I am as concerned as anyone to find out what happened. I have consistently said that I have done nothing wrong and I have never been approached by the Police over this matter.

I am proud of my record as an MP, to date I have dealt with over 20,000 cases from thousands of my constituents. I would like to continue that work and intend to stand for re-election.

– David Mackintosh MP
Sajid Javid

The communities secretary has thrown his weight behind the MP - amid the deselection rumours.

Sajid Javid has been in Northamptonshire as part of the Conservative's local election campaigning.

When asked about suggestions Mr Mackintosh could be deselected as the party's candidate for June's general election the minister called him an "effective and passionate" politician - but said selection was a local party issue.

Meanwhile police say their investigation into the affair is continuing

A dedicated team of full-time investigators, accountants and analysts‎ continue to independently assess the grant, use and the loss of millions of pounds of public money. We are committed to thoroughly and objectively investigating this matter, which includes evaluating and investigating every allegation which may have a bearing on events. This is a complex investigation involving multiple allegations and counter allegations and it is important to remember that neither criminal nor financial liability will diminish with time.

– Northamptonshire Police

Bedfordshire's outspoken PCC loses out to Tory candidate

Kathryn Holloway is the new PCC for Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Bedfordshire's outspoken inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner has been beaten by his Conservative rival.

Olly Martins was the only Labour PCC in the region following the 2012 election.

But, following the second count, he today lost the role to Tory Kathryn Holloway by nearly 2,000 votes.

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Labour loses all seats in Rochford as Tories hold a reduced majority

Conservatives remain in overall control despite losses. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Labour has lost all its seats on Rochford council as the Tories held onto overall control.

But it was not all good news for the Conservatives, who lost six councillors taking their majority down to three.

UKIP, Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the independent candidates all benefited from Labour and the Tories' losses.

Conservatives hold North Hertfordshire but with a reduced majority

The Conservatives have held North Hertfordshire council. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats both made gains in North Hertfordshire - but not enough to take overall control of the council away from the Tories.

The Conservatives still have a sizeable majority of 19 councillors.

The local authority has been in the hands of the Tories since 1999 when it took over from Labour.

Tories hold South Cambridgeshire with reduced majority

The Conservatives have held South Cambridgeshire council. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The Conservatives still have an overall majority on South Cambridgeshire District Council despite slight losses in yesterday's poll.

The Tories and independent candidates lost out in favour of the Liberal Democrats.

But the Conservatives still have a majority of 15 over the other parties.

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Political expert: "Even the Conservatives will be surprised to have secured a majority"

David Cameron poses outside number 10 Downing Street earlier today. Credit: PA

A Political theorist from the University of East Anglia says that even the Conservatives will be surprised after the party secured a shock majority.

Many polls has predicted that it would be a tight run thing between Labour and the Tories, but it didn't turn out that way as David Cameron returned to number 10.

Professor Alan Finlayson says that Mr Cameron will be pleased to now be in charge of a majority government, but added that he could still face difficulty passing through bills in parliament.

Click below to hear from Professor Alan Finlayson

"It's going to be a surprise, even for the Conservatives.

They were hoping to hold steady and they've actually increased their seats.

That said, it's going to be a very small majority and there's still going to be quite a lot of tension and difficulty in parliament."

– Professor Alan Finlayson

Iain Stewart hails Conservative economic plan following Milton Keynes South triumph

Conservative MP Iain Stewart says that he's delighted to have retained his seat in Milton Keynes South.

Mr Stewart recorded a majority of more than 8,000 over his nearest challenger.

He now says that he's focussed on carrying on the job that he started, and added that the Conservative's economic plan played a key part in securing the result.

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"What it boiled down to was that we're on the right track economically and people wanted to stick with that.

Going forward, Milton Keynes is such a dynamic place and I hope to continue my work."

– Iain Stewart

Brandon Lewis vows to "repay faith shown in him" by the people of Great Yarmouth

Brandon Lewis shares a joke at today's count. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Conservative MP Brandon Lewis says that he can't wait to "repay the faith" shown in him after he increased his majority in the town by nearly 2,000.

Mr Lewis comfortably held off competition from Labour and UKIP to retain his seat and secure another term.

Click below to hear from Brandon Lewis

"I am really grateful that people put their trust in in me and increased their vote.

I will now work hard for Great Yarmouth to ensure that I repay that faith and trust that they've put in me."

– Brandon Lewis
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