Rotherham by-election to be held on Thursday

Voters are preparing to go to the polls following the resignation of disgraced Rotherham MP Denis MacShane.

Mr MacShane, Labour MP for the South Yorkshire town since 1994, stepped down on 2 November after he wrongly claimed at least £7,500 in expenses.

A Parliamentary committee found he had submitted 19 false invoices which were "plainly intended to deceive" Parliament's expenses authority.

Polling takes place on Thursday 29 November between 7:00 and 22:00 GMT.

Nominations for candidates have now closed. The candidates in alphabetical order:

  • MICHAEL BECKETT - Liberal Democrats
  • CLINT BRISTOW - Independent
  • SARAH CHAMPION - Labour
  • JANE COLLINS - UK Independence Party
  • SIMON COPLEY - Independent
  • PAUL DICKSON - Independent
  • RALPH DYSON - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
  • MARLENE GUEST - British National Party
  • YVONNE RIDLEY - Respect
  • DAVID WILDGOOSE - English Democrats
  • SIMON WILSON - Conservative

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