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Double election for Little Hulton as councillor steps down

Little Hulton will get special treatment at this year’s local council elections.

Everywhere else in the city on 5 May, residents will be voting for one council seat in each ward, Weaste and Seedley, Worsley and so on.

Councillor Pat Ryan’s seat is up for election in May 2016 after her term on the council came to an end.

She is not thought to be standing for re-election.

But because Councillor Eric Burgoyne has also been forced to step down due to ill health, Little Hulton will be voting in TWO councillors.

This unusual situation will see the candidate who gets the most votes elected on a four-year term.

The runner-up will fill Councillor Burgoyne’s seat until May 2018.

A full list of the runners and riders for the local election will be announced on 8 April.

City Manager Jim Taylor, who is also the Returning Officer for Salford City Council, said: “A further Councillor vacancy has arisen because Councillor Burgoyne has handed in his resignation.

“Polling cards will be sent out to all those registered across the city from Wednesday 30 March.

“Now because of the additional vacancy, people in Little Hulton will get to make two votes.

“If you are not registered to vote you have until Monday 18 April to do so.

“It’s a simple process and only takes five minutes.

“This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents your city and community – so don’t miss out.”

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