Leadership to be decided at the polls

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VOTERS will go to the polls tomorrow to elect councillors across Lancashire.

Local elections will be held at cities and boroughs across the county, to decide the area’s representatives.

And as voters have their say in local elections, voting will also be taking place across Europe in the European Parliamentary Elections.

In Preston, a total of 20 of the council’s 57 seats are up for grabs, with polling beginning at 7am. All wards will have elections this year, apart from Ashton, Deepdale and Preston Rural East.

Voters will elect one councillor in each ward, apart from in the Town Centre where two seats are up for grabs.

Labour are fighting all 20 seats available, the Conservatives are putting up 19 candidates, UKIP 10, the Liberal Democrats nine, the Green Party three and one Independent.

In Chorley, voters will also go to the polls. The Labour-controlled authority currently has a majority of just one, and 17 seats will be up for grabs tomorrow.Labour and the Conservatives will be contesting all 17 seats, with UKIP making a bid for 10.The Liberal Democrats are contesting four and the Independents and Greens three each.

And in West Lancashire, the Conservatives will also be defending a majority of one.

There are 19 seats available, and Labour and the Conservatives will be fielding 19 candidates. UKIP will fight for 11 seats, with the Green party fielding five candidates and the Liberal Democrats and Independents one each.

Polling will close at 10pm, and the results will be announced the following day. The European election result will be announced on Sunday.

Here are the candidate lists for Chorley, Preston, West Lancashire, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale