Liberal Democrat candidate dies on polling day

The Newcastle Journal has the sad news:

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Westerhope, Neil Hamilton, died this afternoon after spending the day campaigning.

Police were called to his house after no-one could contact him. Mr Hamilton, thought to be in his early 60s, was a junior cricket coach.

Under council rules, if a candidate dies during an election, and before all votes are cast, the election is null and void and a by-election must be held.

Our condolences to Mr Hamilton’s family, and to the local party in Newcastle.

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