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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Polls open for Carlisle council, Euro elections and Copeland mayor referendum

Voters across Carlisle have gone to the polls today to elect one-third of the city council.

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

Polling stations close at 10pm.

The count takes place at The Sands tonight. The first ballot boxes are expected to arrive soon after 10pm.

Residents in Copeland are voting today to decide if they want an elected mayor to govern the borough.

The result is expected early tomorrow morning.

If the referendum returns a ‘yes’ vote, an election to appoint Copeland’s first elected mayor – and one of only a handful in the country – will take place on October 16.

The mayor would be in post until May 2019, with elections held every four years after that. It would mean the decision-making power held by council leader Elaine Woodburn and the five-member Executive would be replaced.

If it’s a ‘no’ vote, the leader and Executive structure would remain and there cannot be another referendum for 10 years.

The referendum has been brought about after more than five per cent of the electorate signed a petition to the council organised by a Time For Change campaign group.

European elections are also taking place today. The count for those takes place on Sunday.

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