Altogether there are 3,550 candidacies in the election, including those in the postponed Staffordshire South election, with 113* distinct party labels. However, about a dozen people are standing in more than one constituency. I would estimate that the total number of people standing in the election is 3,521.
Click on the party name for further details of individual candidates and constituencies for that party.
Source: Press Association, which has a list of candidates by constituency. The PA uses abbrebiations for party names. I have tried to expand these to the full name. Unfortunately, the PA key to their abbreviations is hopeless, so it is possible I may have made some errors. If you spot any, I'd be grateful if you would email me, but these numbers are likely to change a bit as the PA makes corrections to its list.
Once a correct version of the final results becomes available, I shall update these figures.
* Actually, I detect 135 distinct party labels, but ten cases seem to be different labels used by the PA for the same party, though I may be mistaken about this. It may, indeed, be that the groups themselves have not been consistent in the names they have put on their nomination forms, or that different parties have put up joint candidates. In the lists of candidates names, I have grouped them together where I think that they might be the same party, but I have preserved the original AP label. This is particularly a problem with the English Democrats Party. I have also now merged the Ind variants with the Inependents.
Political Science Resources
© Richard Kimber
Thanks to Goalie of the Century for pointing out the errors in the first version of this table, and to Daniel Vulkan and P. Bonifatius Hicks for sharing the fruits of their researches with me.
Last Modified: 22 Oct 12