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Weekend Picks: Grand Theatre Pantomime Exhibition

Wolverhampton: Saturday December 10th until January 22nd.

This weekend sees the opening of a new free exhibition celebrating the history of pantomime in the region, with a focus on its importance to many at Christmas time.

The event takes place at Wolverhampton's Light House Media Centre and coincides with the opening day of this seasons Aladdin production.

Visitors will get the chance to look at over 120 years of Grand Theatre pantomime history and a display of traditional costumes dating back to 1894.

Panto fans can take a stroll down the hand sewn magical patchwork carpet until January 22nd.

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Conservatives win Sleaford & North Hykeham by-election

The Conservatives have won the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election, with a comfortable 53.5% of the vote.

Caroline Johnson holds on to the seat for the Conservatives Credit: PA

Caroline Johnson becomes the new MP for the seat, and has vowed to bolster Prime Minster Theresa May's position in Parliament to make sure Brexit happens.

Dr Johnson ensured the seat in Lincolnshire was held for the Tories, with a majority of 13,144.

Labour dropped from second place in 2015, to fourth, behind the Liberal Democrats.

Ukip's Victoria Ayling won 13.5% in an area which backed the Leave vote in the EU Referendum, which is 2.2% down on their vote in 2015, but leader Paul Nuttall said it was a "great result" for the party after recent turmoil.

Result:

  • Caroline Johnson (Con) - 17,570
  • Victoria Ayling (Ukip) - 4,426
  • Ross Pepper (Lib Dem) - 3,606
  • Jim Clarke (Lab) - 3,363
  • Marianne Overton (Lincs Ind) - 2,892
  • Sarah Stock (Ind) - 462
  • The Iconic Arty-Pole (Loony) - 200
  • Paul Coyne (ND) - 186
  • Mark Suffield (ND) - 74
  • David Bishop (BP Elvis) - 55

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