CANDIDATES have started hitting the campaign trail in St Helens as the race towards the general election on July 4 gathers pace.

St Helens North will see a new MP elected to replace outgoing incumbent Conor McGinn, while Labour’s Marie Rimmer is seeking to defend the St Helens South and Whiston seat she has held since 2015.

Former St Helens Council leader David Baines is standing as the Labour candidate for the St Helens North constituency.

Other confirmed candidates for the seat at the time of writing include Malcolm Webster, who is standing for Reform UK, Pat Moloney, standing for the Liberal Democrats, and Daniel Thomas, for the Green Party.

Meanwhile, in St Helens South and Whiston, Marie Rimmer is seeking to defend the seat she has held since 2015 for Labour.

Other confirmed candidates for the constituency are ex-St Helens Council leader and Sutton South East councillor Brian Spencer for the Liberal Democrats, Terence Price, for the Green Party, and independent candidate, Rainhill councillor James Tasker.

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In 2019, despite a heavy defeat nationally, Labour won St Helens North with a majority of 12,209, while Ms Rimmer held St Helens South and Whiston with a majority of 19,122.

The deadline for candidates to submit nomination papers is 4pm on Friday, June 7.

How to vote in the General Election

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Voting at the Polling Station

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Postal and Proxy votes

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It is recommend any elector who is going on holiday from Saturday, June 22 who will not return before Thursday, July 4, make an application to appoint another person as a proxy to vote on their behalf The deadline to make a proxy application is 5pm on Wednesday, June 26. The person appointed as a proxy, must be registered to vote and they will need to show their (the proxy not the elector) Photo ID before they are issued with a ballot paper.

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