Returning officer has 'no power' to cancel Gorton by-election

Theresa May Credit: PA Images

The returning officer for Manchester says she has "no power" to change the date of the Gorton by-election.

Theresa May's call for a snap General Election caused confusion over the seat. The date of 8th June is only a matter of weeks after the proposed by-election date of 4th May, triggered by the death of veteran MP Sir Gerald Kaufman.

Parliament will be dissovled on 3rd May, the day before the planned by-election.

It's still not clear if the election will go ahead, with claims a candidate can not be elected as an MP to a dissolved parliament.

The by-election was triggered by the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman Credit: PA Images

Joanne Roney, (Acting) Returning Officer for Manchester said:

"Since the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday regarding a General Election on 8 June, we have been in active discussions with government and the Electoral Commission about the implications for the Manchester Gorton parliamentary by-election given parliament would be dissolved by the date of poll.

Joanne Roney, (Acting) Returning Officer for Manchester