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Council Candidates 2014

What I find interesting about the 2014 candidates is that only three parties have a full slate. Even though UKIP have quite a high poll share, they are not fighting all 40 wards. The Greens have gone down in terms of numbers of candidates. There are two "anti austerity" parties the Trades Union and Socialist Coalition and the Communities against Cuts, that a fighting a small number of seats.

The full details are on the council website. Respect are not fighting anything. There are very few BNP and no NF candidates.

I think the UKIP issue is probably related to the de-selection of Mike Natrass - which seemed an odd decision to me as he was one of the more sane members of UKIP.

The big issue of the local elections is the Labour Party incompetence in terms of managing the authority within the context of limited resources. They like to blame the government, but if Labour were in government there would still be further cuts in future years.

Comments

Richard Allen said…
Your comments about UKIP seem slightly strange. They are contesting 30 of the 40 wards which is easily the highest number they have ever managed. In 2012 they had 18 candidates, in 2011 they had 11 and in 2010 it was just 9.
John Hemming said…
In 2004 it was I think 13. The greens then were contesting all 40 wards.

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