Swanwick by-election: Polls to open for postponed election

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Image caption The local election in the Swanwick Ward was postponed after the death of a candidate.

Polls are to open for a by-election in a Derbyshire village after one of the candidates died suddenly weeks before the local elections in May.

The local council vote was postponed in Swanwick after the death of Conservative candidate, Patricia Lynne Watson.

Polling stations will now open in the Amber Valley Borough Council ward from 07:00 BST on Thursday.

The successful candidate is expected to be announced on Friday.

Ms Watson had also been chairwoman of Swanwick Parish Council.

Candidates standing for borough councillor are Joel Hunt for the Liberal Democrats, Allen King for UKIP, Independent George Soudah, Antony Tester for Labour and David Wilson for the Conservatives.

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