Wigan voters set to head to the ballot box

Local elections and the vote for the Greater Manchester Mayor take place tomorrow (Thursday).

It will be the first chance people will get to have their say on a number of issues including the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit as well as more local matters.

Across the borough a local representative in the council chamber will be chosen for all 25 wards across Wigan and Leigh.

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The Conservatives are also looking to hold on to the Lowton East seat which for years was held by James Grundy, who then became Leigh’s MP in December 2019.

Other Labour cabinet members seeking another term in office include Paula Wakefield in Astley Mosley Common, Nazia Rehman in Tyldesley and Terence Halliwell in Wigan West.

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A number of prominent independent politicians, including Steve Jones in Bryn and Bob Brierley in Hindley Green, are also up for re-election.

Ahead of voting day residents have been asked to check their polling cards as some of the usual stations may not be in use due to Covid-19.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) says it has been working hard to ensure the city-region’s voting locations are all Covid-secure, with residents and staff having to use hand sanitiser, wear a face covering unless exempt and maintain social distancing.

Polling stations will open at 7am on Thursday and will close at 10pm.

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However, the usual overnight count and results announcements will not happen this year. The borough’s new councillors will be revealed on Friday afternoon while the new mayor of Greater Manchester is expected to be unveiled on Saturday.

Find out more at Wigan Council’s website or gmelects.org.uk

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