UKIP drastically increase candidates in Kent County Council elections

PUBLISHED: 10:52 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:52 17 April 2013

UKIP is fielding 56 per cent more candidates in the Kent County Council election than in 2009.

The party will contest 74 seats compared to the 27 it fought last time around.

The Conservative Party will be the largest single group contesting seats, having fielded a candidate in each division and covering 100 per cent of the county.

Labour, in conjunction with the Labour and Co-operative Party, is fielding 83 candidates and is represented in 99 per cent of the county.

More than 400 potential councillors from 15 different parties will battle it out on May 2.

Owing to UKIP’s surge in candidates, the Liberal Democrats have dropped to become the fourth-largest party at the elections, fielding 70 candidates, compared to 83 at the last election.

The single seat of Gravesham East will be hotly contested, with eight candidates standing.

The least-contested seats are Gravesham Rural, Maidstone Rural South and Sheerness, with each seat only attracting three candidates.

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