30th October 2020

Statement on Manchester Gorton by-election if June 8 General Election confirmed

Joanne Roney, (Acting) Returning Officer for Manchester, said: “Since the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday regarding a General Election on 8 June, we have been in active discussions with government and the Electoral Commission about the implications for the Manchester Gorton parliamentary by-election given parliament would be dissolved by the date of poll. Legal advice has confirmed that as (Acting) Returning Officer I have no power in law to cancel the by-election in these circumstances. This matter has therefore been raised with parliamentary authorities to clarify the position as a matter of urgency should Parliament vote for an 8 June General Election later today.”

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