Voting taking place in Stoke and Copeland by-elections

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image captionA home in Pica, Cumbria, is being used as a polling station

Voting is taking place to elect new MPs in the Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland by-elections.

Polling stations will be open until 22:00 GMT.

The two contests follow the resignations of Labour MPs Tristram Hunt, in Stoke-on-Trent Central, and Jamie Reed, in Copeland, in Cumbria.

Strong wind and rain are forecast in both constituencies as Storm Doris crosses central and northern parts of England.

Both sets of results are expected in the early hours of Friday.

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image captionA voter dressed for the weather in Whitehavem
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image captionVoters in Stoke also had to brave bad weather

Stoke-on-Trent Central candidates, in alphabetical order

Mohammed Yaqub Akram - Independent

Zulfiqar Ali - Liberal Democrats

Jack Brereton - Conservatives

The Incredible Flying Brick - Official Monster Raving Loony Party

Adam Colclough - Green Party

Godfrey Davies - Christian Peoples Alliance

Barbara Fielding - Independent

David Furness - British National Party Local People First

Paul Nuttall - UKIP

Gareth Snell - Labour

Copeland candidates, in alphabetical order

Michael Guest - Independent

Rebecca Hanson - Liberal Democrats

Trudy Harrison - Conservatives

Roy Ivinson - Independent

Jack Lenox - Green Party

Fiona Mills - UKIP

Gillian Troughton - Labour