Hartlepool by-election: date, candidates' deadline and the cost of standing are all confirmed
The date of the upcoming Hartlepool Parliamentary by-election has been confirmed.
It will be held on Thursday, May 6, the same day as the Hartlepool Borough Council elections.
The by-election is taking place after the previous Hartlepool MP, Labour’s Mike Hill, resigned with immediate effect earlier this month.
A notice of election has been published by the council this week.
It confirms the date, and how anyone wishing to stand can obtain nomination papers from the acting returning officer at Hartlepool Civic Centre during normal office hours.
The completed papers then must be delivered to the acting returning officer, Denise McGuckin, at the Elections Office, Civic Centre, Hartlepool, TS24 8AY, no later than 4pm on Thursday, April 8.
A £500 deposit must be paid to stand in the election.
Details have also been confirmed of how residents in Hartlepool can vote in the election.
Applications to register to vote from unregistered people must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the Elections Office in the Civic Centre by midnight on Monday, April 19, although this can be done online.
Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must then reach the office by 5pm on Tuesday, April 20, and applications to vote by proxy must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, April 27.
However applications to vote by emergency proxy can still be made after this, up until 5pm on Thursday, May 6.
Mr Hill, who resigned on March 16, saw his majority reduced by more than half to 3,595 at the 2019 General Election.