Election campaign

Which seat is being contested by the most number of candidates?

A bit more digging into the candidate list for the election reveals that the most hotly-contested seat is set to be none other than Uxbridge & South Ruislip, where Boris Johnson is hoping to become the new Conservative MP.

A total of 13 candidates are standing in this constituency, more than any other in the UK.

Conforming to the tradition for big names attracting big numbers, the second most contested
seat is Witney: that of David Cameron. A total of 12 candidates are standing here.

Next come four seats each with 11 candidates. Three are in London: Bethnal Green & Bow, Camberwell & Peckham and Hackney South & Shoreditch. The other is Thanet South, which has undoubtedly become another big draw thanks to the participation of Ukip’s Nigel Farage.

Then come another four seats each with 10 candidates: Bridgend, Lewisham Deptford, Sheffield Central and Vauxhall.

From then on the totals become sequentially larger, with 18 seats each with nine candidates,
51 with eight, 133 with seven and 188 with six.

The most common number of candidates is five. This number is standing in 234 seats: 36% of the total constituencies in the UK.

Then the number drops sharply, with just 15 seats being contested each by four candidates,
and only one seat being contested by three. This is Buckingham, the seat of John Bercow,
which by virtue of tradition is not being fought by Labour or the Lib Dems. Expect the Ukip candidate to do atypically well here, as happened in 2010.

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Discussion

2 responses to ‘Which seat is being contested by the most number of candidates?

  1. Let’s hope all 650 take place on 7 May as in the last 2 elections one was postponed as a candidate sadly died.

  2. The death of Ronnie Carroll who was standing as The Eurovisionary Carroll in Hampstead & Kilburn has already been announced. But it seems that, as he was an independent candidate, the election will continue. Only if a party candidate dies is the election postponed.

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