Voters in Corby will elect a new MP on November 15th. The date was confirmed this morning in Parliament. The by-election comes after Louise Mensch resigned as Corby MP on August 6th. The vote is the same day as Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
Voters don't even know when they're going to the polls yet but try telling the politicians that. It was the Prime Minister on the campaign trail in Northamptonshire today, visiting a steel plant in Corby.
t's the latest high profile visit in the run-up to the town's by-election, which has been called after Tory MP Louise Mensch decided to step down.
It's a crucial battleground seat with only 1,500 votes separating the Conservatives and Labour at the last election.
The result - when the election is finally called - will be critical to the leadership of both parties in a constituency where the MP has always been from the party which went onto form the government.
The Conservatives have chosen businesswoman Christine Emmett to contest the forthcoming Corby by-election.
The town's MP Louise Mensch is standing down and moving to America where her husband lives. She won the seat from Labour in 2010 with a majority of just under 2000.
Mrs Emmett lives at Morcott in Rutland where her husband runs a holiday homes business.
The former buyer for Marks and Spencer has also been a non-executive director of the Peterborough NHS Trust.
A former deputy chairman of the Conservative party says they will 'almost certainly' lose the upcoming Corby by-election
The Labour leader Ed Miliband was in Corby again today to launch the party's by-election campaign in the marginal seat.
It's his second visit in less than three weeks, and comes after Louise Mensch resigned as the town's Conservative MP on Monday. Matthew Hudson reports.
Tory grandees have hit out at Conservative politician Louise Mensch saying she has let the side down by resigning as MP for Corby.
Mrs Mensch stood down on Monday saying she had not been able to balance political work and family life. Her resignation sets up a by-election in the constituency in the autumn. Emma Hutchinson reports.