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Six candidates will fight a 
by-election in Blackpool later this month after the seat 
became vacant following the death of former Mayor Joan Greenhalgh.

Residents in Clifton ward will go to the polls on Thursday 
July 24 to elect a new councillor, who will represent the ward until the next local council elections in 2015.

The candidates are: Bruce Allen (Conservative party) of Hawkshead Terrace, Mereside; Gordon Gita (Liberal Democrats) of Kingscote Drive, Blackpool; Tina Rothery (Green Party Stop Fracking Now) of the Promenade, Blackpool; Spencer Shackleton (UKIP) of Severn Road, Blackpool; Luke Taylor (Labour) of Sandhurst Avenue, Bispham, and Philip Watt (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts), of Sunny Bank Avenue, Blackpool.

The Clifton by-election will be the seventh by-election in Blackpool since Labour took control of the town hall at the last full local elections in 2011, following the deaths of four councillors and decisions by three Labour councillors to step down from their seats due to work commitments.

Labour has won each of the by-elections held so far, retaining five seats and winning the Marton seat after it had previously been held by the Conservatives.

The line-up for Clifton includes representatives of all the main parties, plus candidates for the Green Party, UKIP and Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts.

The latter fielded its first candidates at a Blackpool election when voters in Hawes Side, Layton and Talbot wards went to the polls in May.

Mrs Greenhalgh had represented Clifton ward, which includes the Mereside housing estate, since 1992 as a Labour councillor.

She died on May 29, aged 82, in Blackpool Victoria 
Hospital after suffering a stroke,

She had battled against illness since suffering her first stroke in 2010, in order to serve as Mayor of Blackpool in 2011/12, and lived at the 
Tudor Lodge Nursing Home at the time of her death.

Residents of Clifton ward who wish to be added to the register of electors in 
order to vote in the by-election must ensure their application reaches the electoral registration officer at Blackpool Council, Town Hall, Blackpool, FY1 1SD, by Tuesday July 8.