Lancaster and Morecambe voters go to polls in European and local by-elections

European and local by-elections take place on Thursday.
European and local by-elections take place on Thursday.

Voters will go to the polls today to vote in the European elections and three local town hall by-elections.

Lancaster City Council is administering the poll for the European elections in the Lancaster district.

Eleven political parties will contest the elections today, Thursday, to choose the North West of England’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Local candidates include Gina Dowding of Lancaster (Green) and Joseph Barker-Willis (Conservative).

Gina is currently Lancashire county councillor for Lancaster Central ward and has previously served on Lancaster City Council.

Joe was born and bred in Morecambe, and attended Morecambe High School, where he was head boy in 2008.

At 24, he is the youngest European parliamentary candidate in the country.

The full list can be viewed at

There will also be by-elections in the University and Scotforth West wards following the resignation of two city councillors.

There will also be a by-election for Morecambe Town Council in the Westgate ward.

Poll cards detailing where people can cast their vote have been posted to everyone on the electoral register.

Voters are advised to double check the location of their polling station as there have been a couple of changes to locations.

If you normally vote at the Skerton Learning Centre you will be voting at the Elim Pentecostal Church on Owen Road (known as ‘Father’s House’ Church).

If you normally vote at Ellel St John’s Primary School, you will now vote at Ellel Village Hall.

If you haven’t got a poll card you can still vote in the election provided your name is on the electoral register.

At the polling station, the poll clerk or presiding officer should ask you for your name and address.

Once this is confirmed they will issue you with a ballot paper.

You can also check the location of your polling station online.

Polling will close at 10pm and the local by-election results will be announced the following day, Friday, after the count is completed.

The European election results will be announced on Sunday.

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