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Voters reminded over Thirsk and Malton date change

John Boakes
The election date was changed after the death of John Boakes

People in a North Yorkshire constituency have until 12 May to register to vote after a candidate's death delayed the election count date.

While everyone else goes to the polls on 6 May, the Thirsk and Malton election will not be held until 27 May.

The election date was changed following the death of UK Independence Party candidate John Boakes.

It is only the eighth time polling has been postponed because of a candidate's death since 1918.

Ryedale District Council said the deadline for people to apply for postal votes was also 12 May.

A separate district council by-election for the Norton West Ward will go ahead as planned on 6 May, a spokeswoman added.

The candidates in Thirsk and Malton constituency are: Liberal Party: John Clark; Liberal Democrat: Howard Keal; Conservative: Anne McIntosh; Labour: Jonathan Roberts.

The candidates for the by-election in Norton West Ward are: Conservative: Judith Denniss; British National Party: Trevor Moss; Liberal Democrat: Hugh Spencer.

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