Greater Lincolnshire

Local Democracy Weekly: The May local elections by numbers

Thursday’s election will see 735 candidates battling it out for a total of 287 seats across nine councils.

An historically true blue Tory majority county, it will not be a surprise to see the Conservatives putting forward the most candidates, with a total of 288 to pick from.

The party, which currently, leads the majority of councils across Lincolnshire, is already ahead in the numbers for 2019 as 17 other candidates have taken seats uncontested. They are joined in their seat security by one Labour and one Independent.

The single candidate seats include three in North Kesteven District Council, four in West Lindsey, five each in East Lindsey and South Holland and two in South Kesteven.

Labour have put forward the second highest number of candidates competing with 191 names signed up, while in third place with a significant rise is Independents with 124.

Sticking with the Independents, this election has also seen some new groups crop up, with the Skegness Urban District Society candidates and four under the banner of Blue Revolution in Boston.

UKIP numbers this year have decreased dramatically, with just 27 candidates this time round.

Elsewhere, the Lib Dems will see 50 candidates fighting for seats, while the Greens have put forward 42.

Four councils (North Lincolnshire, City of Lincoln, South Holland and South Kesteven) have reported a decrease in the number of registered voters, while the other five (Boston, West Lindsey, North Kesteven, East Lindsey and North East Lincolnshire) have all seen increases.


SUBSCRIBE TO LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEKLY, our exclusive email newsletter with highlights from coverage every week, as well as insights and analysis from our local democracy reporters.