Manchester

Manchester Central MP and PCC elections polls close

Polls have closed in Manchester elections for a new MP and for the area's first police and crime commissioner (PCC).

The Manchester Central seat was vacated by Labour's Tony Lloyd, in order for him to run for the Greater Manchester PCC position.

Twelve candidates are standing in the Manchester Central by-election and five more are running for the PCC role.

About 90,000 people were given chance to vote in both polls.

Across Greater Manchester, about two million residents were given the opportunity to vote in the PCC election.

Twelve candidates

A by-election for the Manchester Central seat was triggered when Mr Lloyd announced his intention to run for PCC in March.

The election was contested by a dozen candidates, including Labour's Lucy Powell, Conservative Matthew Sephton and Marc Ramsbottom of the Liberal Democrats.

Also running were UKIP's Christopher Cassidy, Tom Dylan of the Green Party, the British National Party's Eddy O'Sullivan, the Communist League's Peter Clifford and Lee Holmes of the People's Democratic Party.

Completing the ballot were Pirate Party UK candidate Loz Kaye, Howling Laud Hope of the Monster Raving Loony William Hill Party, Catherine Higgins of Respect (George Galloway) and the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts' Alex Davidson.

Alongside Mr Lloyd, the other four candidates in the PCC election were the Liberal Democrats' Matt Gallagher, Steven Woolfe of UKIP, Conservative Michael Winstanley and independent Roy Warren.

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