York goes to the polls in first winter election for nearly a century

And they're off… the polling station on Monkgate, York, this morning. Photograph: YorkMix

York is going to the polls in Britain’s third general election in five years.

In York, 560 staff will be helping across the city to open 128 polling stations and count the votes cast throughout the day.

With more than 150,000 residents eligible to vote across York’s two constituencies it promises to be a busy day.

Residents can only vote in person at their designated polling station on election day, during opening hours. Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All the candidates standing can be found here.

The outcome is uncertain in a very unusual election – the first winter poll in nearly a century, and one called against the backdrop of Brexit.

Turnout could well be a factor, and might be influenced by the weather. In York we are in for a cold day with rain later.

A poll by The Daily Telegraph and Savanta ComRes, published on Wednesday night, placed the Tories five points ahead of Mr Corbyn’s party – indicating the potential for a Conservative majority or a hung parliament.

But a separate poll by Kantar put the Tories on 44%, Labour on 32% and the Liberal Democrats on 13%.

You can see more details about this election on the City of York Council website.