There are two by-elections being held in Newham next week and Newham Council has issued a warning to residents about voter ID.

The by-elections in Wall End and Boleyn wards will be held on Thursday, July 13 following the resignations of two sitting councillors.

These will be the first by-elections to be held in Newham since voter ID was introduced in England.

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Acceptable photo ID includes a UK or Northern Ireland photo card driving licence, a driving licence issued by the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands, a UK passport or a passport issued by the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or a Commonwealth country.

The council says also acceptable are PASS cards, Oyster 60+ cards, Freedom Passes, an older person's bus pass, a disabled person's bus pass, a Blue Badge, a Biometric Residence Permit, a Defence Identity Card and an Anonymous Elector's Document.

People without a recognised Photo ID document will have to obtain a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) and present this at the polling station.

The deadline to apply for a VAC is 5pm on Wednesday, July 5.

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Candidates for Wall End ward: 

  • Tassadduq Hussain Cheema (Green)
  • Stephanie Louise Garfield (Labour)
  • Durai Kannan (Conservative)
  • Claire Louise Pattie (Liberal Democrats)
  • David Kenton Sandground (Reform UK)

Candidates for Boleyn Ward:

  • Lawrencia Durojaiye (Conservative)
  • Joe Hudson-Small (The Green Party)
  • Mehmood Mirza (Independent)
  • Daniel Charles Oxley (Reform UK)
  • Sofia Patel (Labour)
  • David Graham Terrar (Liberal Democrats)