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Big drop in number of Ukip candidates standing for election

A total of 650 seats will up for grabs in the election on June 8.

Ukip is fielding candidates in just over half of seats at the General Election – a big drop on 2015 when the party contested almost every constituency in the UK.

Some 377 Ukip candidates are standing in next month’s poll, according to the Press Association’s provisional full list of party nominations.

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A total of 650 seats will up for grabs in the election on June 8, 637 of which are being contested by the Conservatives, 631 by Labour and 629 by the Liberal Democrats.

The Green Party is standing in 468 seats.

The SNP and Plaid Cymru are contesting all of the seats in Scotland and Wales respectively.

Ukip’s total of 377 represents a fall of 247 on the number they stood at the 2015 general election.

The Greens are down by 105.

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Both parties have stated they have deliberately withdrawn candidates from certain battleground seats in order to try and influence the outcome.

The Greens have said they are standing aside in 22 constituencies to help broadly-left parties beat the Conservatives, including Hastings & Rye – the seat of Home Secretary Amber Rudd – and a number of marginal seats in London.

Ukip is not competing in certain constituencies where they believe other pro-Brexit candidates have a better chance of winning.

Party leader Paul Nuttall said: “Where branches have campaigned with candidates or MPs on Vote Leave platforms or Leave.EU platforms during the referendum, and they have had conversations since and they are convinced they are real Brexiteers, then they would have taken a decision to stand down to ensure we get as many Brexit MPs into the House of Commons.

“I think it is a very noble thing to do, to put country above party.”

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Labour is fielding the greatest proportion of women candidates of all the main parties: 41%, up from 34% in 2015.

Some 29% of Conservative candidates are women, up from 26% in 2015. By coincidence the figures for the Liberal Democrats are the same: 29% this year, up from 26% in 2015.

Plaid Cymru’s total has risen from 25% to 28%, and the figure for Ukip has gone up from 13% to 14%.

By contrast the proportion of SNP candidates who are women has gone down slightly, from 36% in 2015 to 34% this year. The Green Party’s total has also fallen, from 38% to 36%.

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