LATEST: Voting closes across Preston

Voting at the poliing station at The Catherine Beckett Community Centre, Preston

Voting at the poliing station at The Catherine Beckett Community Centre, Preston

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Polling stations have closed across Preston and voting is now over for the General Election 2015.

Ballot boxes are on their way to the city’s Guild Hall, ready for votes to be counted.

Parliamentary hopefuls are arriving at counts across the region, and tension is mounting.

In Preston, Labour’s Mark Hendrick is hoping to be returned to Westminster as MP, 15 years after first winning the seat.

Lining up against Mr Hendrick are Conservative Richard Holden, Jo Barton of the Liberal Democrats, Gemma Christie of the Green Party and UKIP’s James Barker.

Voters have turned out to polling stations across the city throughout the day, to have their say in one of the closest General Elections in years.

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