The voting is now over! Votes are to be counted and verified in the Sleaford by-election

Ballot box.
Ballot box.

Polls are now closed in the Sleaford by-election.

The count is now under way but a result is not expected until the early hours.

Voting papers are being scrutinized as the first ballot boxes arrive at the North Kesteven Sports Centre - now known as One NK. EMN-160812-223415001

Voting papers are being scrutinized as the first ballot boxes arrive at the North Kesteven Sports Centre - now known as One NK. EMN-160812-223415001

The election was called after Tory Stephen Phillips resigned over differences with the Government.

The electors had no fewer than 10 names to pick from on the ballot paper.

They were: Victoria Ayling (UKIP), David Bishop (Bus Pass Elvis Party), Jim Clarke (Labour), Paul Coyne (Non aligned), Peter E Hill - the Iconic Arty Pole (Official Monster Raving Loony Party), Caroline Johnson (Conservative), Marianne Overton (Lincolnshire Independents), Ross Pepper (Liberal Democrats), Sarah Stock (Independent), Mark Suffield (Independent) - not actively campaigning due to ill health.

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