Candidates announced for Houghton by-election

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CANDIDATES have thrown their hats into the ring to become councillor for Houghton.

Sunderland City Council announced a by-election would be held on Thursday May 2 this year to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Labour councillor Kath Rolph.

Labour, the Lib Dems, the Tories and Ukip will all field candidates in the ward. John Ellis, member of Residents Against Toxic Site and husband of independent councillor Sheila Ellis, is also standing for election as an independent.

In the past, council elections in Houghton have been hotly contested by Labour and the independents.

Full candidate details as printed by Sunderland City Council:

George Edward Brown, Local Conservatives, of 44 Sanford Court, Sunderland

Edward Ernest Coleman-Hughes, UK Independence Party, of 4 Quarry House Gardens, East Rainton, Houghton, DH5 9RD

John Verrill Ellis, Independent, of Sancroft House, 6A Church Street, Houghton, Tyne & Wear, DH4 4DN

Sue Sterling, Liberal Democrat, of 55 Seaton Avenue, Houghton, Tyne and Wear, DH5 8EH

Gemma Taylor, Labour Party Candidate 12 Moors Close, Moorsfield, Houghton le Spring, DH4 5PE