THE contest to become Chorley's new MP will be decided at the polling station this week after a hard fought campaign by all parties.

The Conservatives have high hopes of taking the seat in tomorrow's General Election but long-serving Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle will be hard to remove.

Although his majority is only 4,530, his historic hostility to the European Union and prominent part in the Brexit campaign removes one of Tory candidate Caroline Moon's trump cards.

She cannot count the absence of a UKIP candidate this time to deliver its 6,995 votes of 2010 her way.

Mr Hoyle said: "To be honest Brexit is not the big issue on the doorstep.

"They are the NHS, in particular the future of the Chorley Hospital accident and emergency department, schools and education."

Cllr Moon, a foster carer for children with complex needs, said: “If elected, I would fight to ensure that those children who have had a bad start in life get the best possible future.

“I would also look to build a stronger economy and create more jobs across the constituency, as well as looking to protect rural life and rural services for the region."

Liberal Democrat candidate Stephen Fenn, fighting the seat for the third time, said “Brexit is the elephant in the room in this general election - the issue that both the other parties hope will go away.

"But the kind of Brexit that Britain achieves is the single most important issue facing the country today.

"Neither Theresa May nor Jeremy Corbyn will address it."

Green candidate, retired university lecturer Peter Lageard, said: "The blatant destruction of the NHS and of the education system in the UK are issues which I believe must be reversed."

The South Ribble constituency, which covers the Leyland area, will be contested by Julie Gibson - Labour, Mark Jarnell - National Health Action Party, Seema Kennedy - Conservative, Mark Smith - UKIP, Andrew Wight - Green, and John Wright - Liberal Democrats.