Electors must have photo identification to be able to vote in the North Yorkshire Council by-election for the Hutton Rudby and Osmotherley ward on Thursday, September 28.

Officials are reminding people that without valid photo ID they will not be able to vote in the election, which is being held following the resignation of former conservative councillor Bridget Fortune.

There are four candidates in the running to become the next representative for the North Yorkshire ward.

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Valid types of photo ID acceptable include a UK or Northern Ireland photocard driving licence, full or provisional. European Union, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands licences are also acceptable.

UK passports, or passports issued by the European Union and Commonwealth countries can also be used along with blue badges, defence identity cards and older person’s bus passes.

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Details of acceptable photo identity can be found on North Yorkshire Council’s website, https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/your-council/elections-and-voting/how-vote.

A spokesperson for the council said the photograph on the identification must look like the voter, and identification can still be used even if the ID has expired.

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Polling cards have been sent out telling voters where they can place their votes, polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on September 28.

There are four candidates standing in the election:

  • Allan Mortimer, Green Party, has emphasised his connection with the local area in his campaign literature saying that he has a 'proven record of getting things done'. Since 2016 he has served as Chairman for Hutton Rudby Neighbourhood Plan, been a parish councillor since 2019 and became Parish Council Chairman in 2021.
  • Duncan Ross Russell, Liberal Democrat. A former Army major, Duncan Ross Russell says he believes he is the only person who can beat the Conservatives. He served as a senior Army officer in charge of 120 soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans conflict and has since worked on large scale public sector projects across the north of England.
  • Lee Derrick, Yorkshire Party. Mr Derrick says he can provide Hutton Rudby and Osmotherley with a more independent voice, believing the county needs change after being let down by government and the three large national parties, emphasising he will put residents in the ward first.
  • David Hugill, Conservative. Mr Hugill, has pledged to work on local issues, highlighting the lack of progress on the old Ingleby Arncliffe School and says he wants to make progress to get the project moving. A farmer, he has lived in the area all his life and was a former member of Hambleton District Council.