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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Date set for by-election in Carlisle

A date has been set for a by-election following the death of a veteran Carlisle councillor.

Ian Stockdale photo
Ian Stockdale

Labour county councillor Ian Stockdale had served the city for four decades when he died in November, aged 74.

Colleagues said he was a major figure in Cumbrian politics, liked and respected across the political spectrum.

He had previously also served as a city councillor and was a former mayor of Carlisle.

The by-election to decide who should replace him in his Belle Vue seat is to be held on Thursday, April 10.

An official notice of election was posted on Friday.

Candidates have until midday on Friday, March 14, to submit their nominations.

They will contest a seat with just over 4,700 eligible voters.

Voting will take place between 7am and 1pm on April 10. There will be five polling stations: Church of the Nazarene, Moorhouse Road (two stations), St Bede’s School, Newtown School and portable cabin at Hawthorn Grove.

The count will take place that night, with the result expected at about 11pm.

The deadline to register in time to vote is midnight on March 25.

New postal vote applications must be made by 5pm on March 26.

Meanwhile, the starting gun has been fired for local authority elections in May.

Prospective candidates and agents for Carlisle City Council are being given a chance to meet the election’s returning officer, council chief executive Jason Gooding, before the nomination deadline of April 24.

He will give a briefing on the election process at the Civic Centre on March 25.

Seventeen of the authority’s seats will be contested.

They are in Belah, Belle Vue, Botcherby, Brampton, Castle, Currock, Dalston, Denton Holme, Harraby, Longtown and Rockcliffe, Morton, St Aidans, Stanwix Rural, Stanwix Urban, Upperby, Wetheral and Yewdale wards.

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