In the first elections to be held during the pandemic, voters go to the polls tomorrow.

There will be two by-elections in Barrow, along with four in South Lakeland, as well as five town councillors in Ulverston, plus the police and crime commissioner elections for the county.

Full elections at district level for both Barrow borough and South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), will have to wait a year, until after the decision on the reshaping of local government is decided upon.

In Barrow, there will be two by-elections, one for Hyndpool and one for Roosecote. Hyndpool will see two candidates; Niyall Allister Phillips for the Conservatives and Jo Tyson for Labour. Roosecote will also see two candidates; Paul Anthony Griffiths for Labour and Jay Zaccarini for the Conservatives. People can go to vote in Hydpool at St James community centre in Blake street Barrow and also St Mark's Church, Buccleuch Street, Barrow, as well as the Forum in Duke street. The Roosecote polling station will be at Rampside Village Hall, along with Roose School in North Row, and Yarlside Academy, in Red Oak Avenue.

SLDC will have four by-elections taking place. These vacancies are in; Furness Peninsula, Broughton & Coniston, Grange, and Kendal Rural wards.

Simon McVey, returning officer for SLDC, said: “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May and we are following public health advice by putting measures in place, to help you cast your vote safely.

“Polling stations are being made Covid secure and if you’re voting in person, please help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures, which includes wearing a face covering and bringing along your own pencil or pen to mark the ballot paper.”

It will be goodbye to some familiar faces after the the Ulverston Town Council elections, when five councillors announced that they would be stepping down at the last town council meeting, leaving all five vacant seats up for grabs; one in Town ward, two in North ward, one in West ward and one in Central ward.

Those who are stepping down at the Ulverston town council election are councillors; Judy Pickthall, who represented Town ward. Colin Pickthall, who represented North ward. Carolyn Tennyson, who also represented North Ward. Janette Jenkinson, who represented West Ward, and Pauline Halfpenny, who represented Central Ward.

Elsewhere, Crosthwaite & Lyth is the only parish to be holding a by-election. The others are up for election, but the seats are uncontested because the number of people nominated matches or is less than the number of vacancies.