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Final hours of voting in Henley

John Howell (Conservative), Richard McKenzie (Labour) and Stephen Kearney (Lib Dem, picture by Alan Folkes)
John Howell (Con), Richard McKenzie (Lab) and Stephen Kearney (Lib Dem) are all standing in Henley

Henley residents have been heading to the polls to cast their vote for an MP to replace Boris Johnson.

The Conservative MP stepped down after becoming mayor of London in May. Twelve people are standing to replace him.

At the 2005 general election, Mr Johnson won with 53.5% of the vote, the Liberal Democrats came second on 26% and Labour was third on 14.7%.

The polls close at 2200 GMT and the result is expected in the Oxfordshire constituency early on Friday.

Mr Johnson was first elected in 2001 as MP for Henley, where he succeeded the Conservative former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine.

He announced he was stepping down on 4 June, five weeks after winning the London mayoral contest.

Here is the list of candidates:

  • Chris Adams, UK Independence Party
  • Derek Allpass, English Democrats
  • Harry Bear, The Fur Play Party
  • Louise Cole - Independent (Miss Great Britain Party)
  • Amanda Harrington - Independent (Miss Great Britain Party)
  • John Howell - Conservatives
  • Stephen Kearney - Liberal Democrats
  • Richard McKenzie - Labour
  • Bananaman Owen - Monster Raving Loony Party
  • Timothy Rait - British National Party
  • Dick Rodgers - The Common Good
  • Mark Stevenson - Greens

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