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LACK OF CANDIDATES MEANS 'POLL CRISIS FOR LABOUR'

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Labour has failed to find candidates for 40% of all the council seats up for election in 3 May's English local elec...
Labour has failed to find candidates for 40% of all the council seats up for election in 3 May's English local elections say the Conservatives. This is the lowest number of candidates fielded by any party of government at this particular election cycle. The Tories say they are fielding a record number of council.

Detailed number-crunching of all the 10,000+ council seats up for election, based on the lists of nominations published by each local authority, shows:

- Labour are contesting 60.6% (6,360) of all the seats up for election (5% down on last time)

- Conservatives are contesting 88% of seats (9,264)

- Liberal Democrats are contesting 64% (6,667)

- The BNP are running 717 candidates and UKIP 805 candidates

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have not met the challenge posed by the BNP at these elections. Conservatives are contesting 96.7% of seats against the BNP, with Labour failing to run candidates against the BNP in 47 wards (6.6 per cent) and Liberal Democrats giving the BNP a free run in 129 wards (18%).

Shadow local government minister Eric Pickles said:

'It is a sure sign that a political party is in deep trouble when it cannot find candidates for almost half the seats up for election.'

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