Candidates standing in the United Kingdom general election, 2017

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3,303 candidates stood in the United Kingdom general election of 2017, which was held on 8 June 2017.

The deadline for parties and individuals to file candidate nomination papers to the acting returning officer (and the deadline for candidates to withdraw) was 16:00 on 11 May 2017.[1]

The total number of candidates was 3,303; this is fewer than the 3,971 candidates who stood in the 2015 UK general election or the record 4,133 who stood in the 2010 UK general election.[2]

Gender[edit]

965 female candidates are standing, 29% of the total number of candidates. This is a record in percentage terms, up from 26% in 2015, but a decrease in total numbers.[2] In Northern Ireland, 33% of candidates are female,[3] while in Wales the figure is 31%.[4]

Of the larger parties, the Labour Party has the largest proportion of female candidates, at 41%. 33% of Scottish National Party candidates are women, compared with 30% of Liberal Democrats and 29% of Conservative Party candidates.[5]

Political parties[edit]

The Conservative Party are putting forward the most candidates, standing in 638 of the UK's 650 seats. The Labour Party are contesting 631, the Liberal Democrats 629, the various Green parties[n 1] a total of 467, and the UK Independence Party 378.[2] The total number of candidates by party is shown below:

Party[6] Candidates
Conservative and Unionist Party 638
Labour Party 631
Liberal Democrats 629
Green Party of England and Wales 457
UKIP 378
Independent 187
SNP 59
Plaid Cymru 40
Christian Peoples Alliance 31
The Yorkshire Party 21
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 18
Social Democratic & Labour Party 18
Sinn Féin 18
Democratic Unionist Party 17
Ulster Unionist Party 14
Official Monster Raving Loony Party 12
British National Party 10
Pirate Party 10
English Democrats 7
Green Party in Northern Ireland 7
Women's Equality Party 7
Social Democratic Party 6
National Health Action Party 5
Workers Revolutionary Party 5
Animal Welfare Party 4
Libertarian Party 4
Liberal Party 4
Alliance For Green Socialism 3
Friends Party 3
Scottish Green Party 3
Socialist Labour Party 3
The Justice & Anti-Corruption Party 3
Socialist Party of Great Britain 3
Young People's Party 3
Christian Party 2
Communist League 2
People Before Profit Alliance 2
Something New 2
Peace Party 2
Workers' Party 2
Apolitical Democrats 1
Ashfield Independents 1
Better for Bradford 1
Blue Revolution 1
Church of the Militant Elvis Party 1
Citizens Independent Social Thought Alliance 1
Common Good 1
Compass Party 1
Concordia 1
Demos Direct Initiative Party 1
Greater Manchester Homeless Voice 1
Humanity 1
Independent Save Withybush Save Lives 1
Independent Sovereign Democratic Britain 1
Money Free Party 1
Movement for Active Democracy 1
North of England Community Alliance 1
Open Borders Party 1
Patria 1
Populist Party 1
Rebooting Democracy 1
Scotland's Independence Referendum Party 1
Southampton Independents 1
Southend Independent Association 1
Space Navies Party 1
Speaker seeking re-election 1
The Just Political Party 1
The New Society of Worth 1
The North East Party 1
Radical Party 1
The Realists' Party 1
Traditional Unionist Voice 1
War Veteran's Pro-Traditional Family Party 1
Wessex Regionalists 1

The Labour total includes 50 Labour Co-operative candidates.

England[edit]

As is traditional, the Conservative Party, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats are not standing in the constituency of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Buckingham, although both the Green Party of England and Wales and the UK Independence Party are contesting the seat.[7] Otherwise, the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats are standing in all constituencies, except the Liberal Democrats are standing aside in Brighton Pavilion and Skipton and Ripon with local parties having decided to support the Green candidates there instead.[8]

UKIP and the Green Party of England and Wales are standing in many constituencies across England, but both have put up candidates in fewer seats than in 2015. In some cases, local parties have opted to support other candidates: UKIP local parties have stood aside to support Conservatives, while Green local parties have stood aside in around 30 seats[9] to support candidates from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, or, in one case, the National Health Action Party.

Among parties standing solely in England, the Christian Peoples Alliance are standing 30 candidates,[10] the Yorkshire Party are putting up 21 candidates,[11] and the British National Party are standing ten.[12] The Workers' Revolutionary Party are contesting five seats,[13] as are the National Health Action Party.[14] The Animal Welfare Party, Liberal Party and Libertarian Party each have four candidates.[15][16][17] The English Democrats,[18] the Alliance for Green Socialism, Communist League, Socialist Labour Party, Socialist Party of Great Britain, Justice and Anti-Corruption Party, Friend's Party and Young People's Party UK are standing in three seats each.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25] The Peace Party have two candidates,[26] and various parties are standing a single candidate.[27]

Other parties standing candidates in England include the Official Monster Raving Loony Party with eleven,[28] the Pirate Party UK with nine,[29] the Women's Equality Party with five,[30] and the Social Democratic Party with five, all in Sheffield.[31] Something New is standing a single candidate in England.[32] There are also various independent candidates.

Scotland[edit]

In Scotland, 266 candidates are standing, down from 346 in 2015, and fewer than in many years. The Scottish National Party, Conservative Party, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats are contesting all 59 seats, while only 30 other candidates are running, concentrated in 23 constituencies.[33]

The UK Independence Party are standing in ten seats, the Scottish Green Party in three, and the Scottish Christian Party in two, while there is one candidate from each of the Social Democratic Party, Women's Equality Party, Something New, Scotland's Independence Referendum Party and Independent Sovereign Democratic Britain. There are also ten independent candidates. For the first time in many years, the Scottish Socialist Party are not contesting the election.[33]

Wales[edit]

In Wales, 213 candidates are standing, a reduction from the 275 who stood in 2015. The Labour Party, Conservative Party, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrats are standing in all 40 seats, while the UK Independence Party are standing in 32, and the Wales Green Party in ten. Unusually, all forty members of the previous Parliament from Wales are standing again.[4]

Among minor parties, the Official Monster Raving Loony Party,[28] New Society of Worth,[34] Pirate Party UK,[29] and Women's Equality Party are each standing one candidate in Wales,[30] and there are a number of independent candidates.

Northern Ireland[edit]

In Northern Ireland, a total of 109 candidates are standing, down from 138 in 2015. Sinn Féin, the Social Democratic and Labour Party and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland are standing in all eighteen seats. The Democratic Unionist Party are standing in 17, the Ulster Unionist Party in 15, and the Green Party in Northern Ireland and Conservatives in Northern Ireland both standing in seven.[3]

In addition, the People Before Profit Alliance and Workers' Party are running in two seats each, Traditional Unionist Voice and Citizens Independent Social Thought Alliance in one each, and there are four independent candidates. The UK Independence Party, despite standing in ten seats in 2015, are not contesting any seats at this election.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ There are three separate but sister Green parties in the UK: the Green Party of England and Wales, Scottish Green Party and Green Party of Northern Ireland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "General Election 2017 timetable", Parliament of the United Kingdom
  2. ^ a b c Kirk, Ashley; Scott, Patrick (17 May 2017). "General Election 2017: Full results". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Mark Devenport, "General Election 2017: NI candidates confirmed", BBC News, 11 May 2017
  4. ^ a b "General Election 2017: Wales number of candidates drops", BBC News, 12 May 2017
  5. ^ "General election 2017: Labour selects most female candidates", BBC News, 12 May 2017
  6. ^ "Number of known 2017 General Election candidates per party". democracyclub.org.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Will Worley, "'We're utterly disfranchised': Welcome to Buckingham, the constituency where votes don't count", The Independent, 17 May 2017
  8. ^ Maxim Parr-Reid, "Forget The ‘Progressive Alliance’, A UKIP-Conservative Alliance Is Already Happening", Huffington Post, 14 May 2017
  9. ^ Peston on Sunday, ITV, 21 May 2017
  10. ^ Christian Peoples Alliance, "Home"
  11. ^ Yorkshire Party, "Yorkshire Party Announces Candidates for General Election"
  12. ^ Democracy Club, "British National Party candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  13. ^ "WRP launch election candidates", News Line, 16 May 2017
  14. ^ Democracy Club, "National Health Action Party candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  15. ^ Democracy Club, "Animal Welfare Party candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  16. ^ Democracy Club, "The Liberal Party candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  17. ^ Democracy Club, "Libertarian Party candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  18. ^ "English Democrats 'not diminishing'", Daily Politics, 15 May 2017
  19. ^ "What does Alliance for Green Socialism stand for?", Daily Politics, 17 May 2017
  20. ^ Tony Hunt, "Communist League debates class lines in UK election", The Militant, 15 May 2017
  21. ^ Socialist Labour Party, "General Election 2017: Flying the Flag for Socialist Labour!"
  22. ^ "Why is Socialist Party opposing Corbyn?", Daily Politics, 12 May 2017
  23. ^ Democracy Club, "The Justice & Anti-Corruption Party candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  24. ^ Democracy Club, "Friends Party candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  25. ^ Democracy Club, "Young People's Party YPP candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  26. ^ Democracy Club, "The Peace Party - Non-violence, Justice, Environment candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  27. ^ Democracy Club, "Number of known 2017 General Election candidates per party"
  28. ^ a b Democracy Club, "Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  29. ^ a b "Pirates want online and offline freedoms", Daily Politics, 11 May 2017
  30. ^ a b Women's Equality Party, "Meet the candidates"
  31. ^ Sarah Devenney, "The SDP Announces A Full Slate In Sheffield", Social Democratic Party
  32. ^ Democracy Club, "Something New candidates in the 2017 General Election"
  33. ^ a b Philip Sim, "Election 2017: Where have all the politicians gone?", BBC News, 16 May 2017
  34. ^ Democracy Club, "The New Society of Worth candidates in the 2017 General Election"