Blackpool voters go to the polls

Polling Station at St Bernadette's Church Hall, All Hallows Road in Bispham, Blackpool.'7th May 2015
Polling Station at St Bernadette's Church Hall, All Hallows Road in Bispham, Blackpool.'7th May 2015
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Polling day in Blackpool was greeted with blue skies prompting hopes of a strong turnout.

Voters are going to the ballot box to select both councillors and MPs on the same day for the first time since 1997.

Labour is bidding to retain control of Blackpool Council, while since 2010 the resort has been represented by both Labour and the Conservatives at Westminster.

Both Parliamentary seats are key marginals with Labour retaining Blackpool South last time round with a majority of 1,852 votes.

The Conservatives won Blackpool North and Cleveleys in 2010 with a majority of 2,150.

The Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Green Party and independents are also standing.

Following tonight’s count, the town’s two new MPs are expected to be announced at around 3am.