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Candidates revealed for Kent County Council elections

By Paul Francis

Nearly 400 candidates will be contesting the battle for control of Kent County Council next month.

Details of all candidates standing in each of the 81 divisions across what is one of the largest county councils have been published today.

They show that 393 people are running in the election on May 4.


Hover over your area on our interactive map to find out who's standing

Voters will return 81 county councillors from 76 divisions - or wards - with nine of those seats electing two members rather than one.

The Conservatives, who currently run the county council,  are the only party to field a full slate of candidates - 81 - followed by Labour with 80 candidates.

The Liberal Democrats have nominated 76 candidates with UKIP - which is defending 17 seats - fielding 69.

The Green party has put forward 64 candidates.

Polling station

Polling station

The Women’s Equality Party, co-founded by author and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig in 2015, enters the electoral fray for the first time with one candidate. Celine Thomas is standing in Tunbridge Wells South.

There are 15 candidates listed as independent; one Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate - Mad Mike Young - in Sheppey and two Socialist Party of Great Britain candidates.

The BNP has three candidates and the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association is defending its one seat.

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