Election day could be ruff contest for two leaders!

Labour group leader Simon Blackburn's dog ready for polling day!
Labour group leader Simon Blackburn's dog ready for polling day!
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Well at least someone is ready for polling day!

As their owners square up at the Blackpool ballot box tomorrow, Bentley the dog and Monty the cat are proudly displaying their political colours.

Bentley, owned by Blackpool Labour group leader Coun Simon Blackburn is decked out in a red rosette, while Monty, owned by the town’s Conservative group leader Coun Tony Williams, wears blue.

Polling stations across the Fylde coast will open from 7am tomorrow with both Parliamentary and local elections set to take place on the same day.

Voters have until 10pm to cast their vote at polling stations across the coast

It is the first time in Blackpool since 1997 that both elections have coincided with each other.

As well as the two main parties, candidates from the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Green Party, the Northern Party and independents are vying for seats either in Westminster or on Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre councils.

Other names on the ballot paper will be from Fylde Ratepayers and Trade Unionists Against The Cuts. Counts for the national elections will start after polling stations close tomorrow, while the local election counts take place on Friday afternoon.

See The Gazette on Friday for full coverage of all the results from election night across the Fylde coast.