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2024 local election data summary


Each year, Democracy Club’s amazing network of volunteers collects thousands of nomination papers published on council websites. These are manually added to our database (with a little help from our own automation) and double checked for accuracy.

10,662 candidates are standing across 2,015 individual ballots in England and Wales on 2 May, including principal councillors, mayors, Police and Crime Commissioners, London Assembly Members, and one MP.

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English local elections

Read the full election briefing for England.

2,707 principal council seats are up for election in England this year: 2,636 scheduled elections, and 71 by-elections.

A total of 10,248 candidates have been nominated to stand, representing 101 political parties and 535 independents.

Table 1: parties standing in more than 10% of council seats on 2 May
Party Total candidates Seats contested
Conservative and Unionist Party 2,561 94.6%
Labour Party 2,478 91.5%
Liberal Democrats 1,853 68.5%
Green Party 1,690 62.4%
Reform UK 329 12.2%
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 273 10.1%
All other parties 529 -
Independent candidates 535 -
Total 10,248 -

Police and Crime Commissioners

37 PCCs are due to be elected in England and Wales. 136 candidates have been nominated.

Table 2: English and Welsh Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates, 2 May
Party Candidates Seats contested
Conservative and Unionist Party 37 100%
Labour Party 37 100%
Liberal Democrats 35 95%
Green Party 8 22%
Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales 4 11%
English Democrats 3 8%
Reform UK 2 5%
Workers Party of Britain 1 3%
More Police Officers for Thames Valley 1 3%
One Leicester 1 3%
The Justice & Anti-Corruption Party 1 3%
Independent candidates 6 -
Total 136 -

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