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In three weeks, Britain will be going to the polls to choose the next government and decide who will negotiate their way through our historic decision to leave the EU.
The Midlands played a key role in pushing the UK towards a leave vote last summer, In the West Midlands, 59.3 per cent of voters chose to go, along with 58.3 per cent in the East Midlands - the two biggest 'leave' results in the entire country.
Ahead of the vote we took the YouBooth to the streets of Stoke to see the mood there:
The Conservatives have regained control of Derbyshire County Council after overturning a Labour majority of 22.
The final results were Con 37 Lab 24 Lib Dem 3 UKIP 0
A key factor was the collapse of the UKIP vote with its supporters switching en masse to the Tories.
It meant Theresa May's party were able to pick up gains in traditional Labour strongholds like Swadlincote.
Cllr Barrie Lewis, the Tory group leader, said he was delighted with the result which he put down to a well-fought campaign on local issues, although he acknowledged the importance of UKIP's decline.
Clrr Anne Western, the Labour group leader, said she was "shellshocked". The turnout was 38%.
Watch our political show Central Lobby as we speak to our newest MP Gareth Snell about the challenges he faces in Stoke on Trent.
We'll also find out why Amanda Solloway, MP for Derby North, thinks triggering Article 50 will be a great thing for Midlands businesses.
- Watch this month's Central Lobby programme below.
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Voting closes at midday in the poll to elect the next leader of the Labour party.
Leicester West MP Liz Kendall (above, second from right) is among the candidates.
The candidates standing for the Labour leadership are:
- Andy Burnham
- Yvette Cooper
- Jeremy Corbyn
- Liz Kendall
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