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General Election 2019: The counting begins for the Rutland and Melton constituency

Ballot papers have arrived from the first of 121 polling stations in the Rutland and Melton constituency, joining the postal votes that people began counting at 10pm.

Tonight's count is taking place in the sports hall at the Melton Sports Village, Melton Mowbray, where parliamentary candidate hopefuls are expected to gather to hear the result at about 5am.

It will conclude a month of campaigning for the five candidates: Alicia Kearns (Con), Marietta King (UKIP), Dr Carol Weaver (Lib Dem), Andy Thomas (Labour) and Alistair McQuillan (Green).

The count begins at the Melton Sports Village
The count begins at the Melton Sports Village

Anthony Watchorn (Ind) passed away on November 28.

Only one of them will attend Parliament on Tuesday next week (December 17) when MPs are expected to attend to elect of the Speaker of the House of Commons and be 'sworn in' - swearing their allegiance to the Crown or making an solemn affirmation.

About 64 people are currently involved in the counting of the votes here in Melton Mowbray, while several hundred more manned polling stations which were open from 7am until 10pm today.

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