VOTING has started in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election.

The polls close tonight at 10pm and the result is expected in the early hours of tomorrow.

The by-election was brought about by the death of the serving MP, Paul Goggins.

Mr Goggins, who had represented the constituency for Labour, died on January 7, at the age of 60.

Mike Kane is fighting the seat for Labour and the Rev Daniel Critchlow is the candidate for the Conservatives.

Mary Di Mauro is the candidate for the Liberal Democrats.

John Bickley contests the seat for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and Captain Chaplington-Smythe is the Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate.