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Manchester Gorton by-election will not take place on 4 May - vote on 8 June instead

Parliament has today confirmed that the Manchester Gorton parliamentary by-election scheduled for Thursday 4 May will not take place.

The House of Commons has approved a motion to supersede the original writ which set the date of the by-election, allowing the Returning Officer to cancel it.

Instead, the vote to elect a new MP to the Manchester Gorton constituency will now take place on Thursday 8 June as part of the General Election, at the same time as voters go to the polls to elect MPs in Manchester's four other constituencies (Blackley and Broughton, Manchester Central, Manchester Withington and Wythenshawe and Sale East.)

Joanne Roney OBE, (Acting) Returning Officer for Manchester, said: "I welcome the fact that this situation has now been resolved. We always knew common sense would prevail but our expert advice made it clear that as Returning Officer I did not have the legal power to change the date of the Manchester Gorton by-election. Now that Parliament has acted I am able to do so."

The elections for the first ever Mayor of Greater Manchester, and the Manchester City Council by-election to elect a new councillor to the Rusholme ward, go ahead as planned on the 4 May.

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