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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Voting takes place on Thursday in Carlisle by-election

Voting takes place on Thursday in a by-election in Carlisle’s Yewdale ward following the death earlier this year of city council leader Joe Hendry.

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Prof Joe Hendry

Professor Hendry died in May while being treated at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle after suffering a heart attack. He was 67 and had led Labour back into power last year after 13 years in opposition.

Polling cards have been sent to all 4,878 eligible voters. Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm. Voters who have requested a postal vote are also reminded to send in their vote.

Jason Gooding, Carlisle City Council’s town clerk and chief executive, said: “We want as many voters as possible to come out and make their mark. Local government provides a wide-range of services to residents and elections allow them the opportunity to have their say.”

Candidates are Tom Dodd, Labour Party, from Dalston Road; Christine Finlayson, Conservative Party, from Askerton Close; Terence Jones, Liberal Democrat Party, from Caldew Maltings; Charmian McCutcheon, Green Party, from Newtown, Irthington and Mike Owen, UK Independence Party, from The Old Tannery in Scotby.

The five polling stations are at Yewdale Community Centre where there are two, Richard Rose Morton Academy, a portable cabin at the junction of Nairn Way and Egerton Grove and another cabin at Whernside/Richmond Green.

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