Tony Sharp explains HERE the number of candidates contesting elections in Northamptonshire. Out of 270 seats the LibDems are only contesting 66 (none in Wellingborough) and UKIP only one seat. It would be interesting to see if this is reflected in other areas of the country. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that both the LibDems and Labour are having real difficulty finding candidates in some parts of the country. Maybe it's also happening to the Conservatives in some areas too. Once these elections are over we really need to think very carefully about how we can attract more and better council candidates in future - and this applies to all parties.
NOTE: UKIP has just announced it is fielding 1,000 candidates in the council elections. One of them is my old adversary in North Norfolk, Stuart Agnew... who will probably be elected because the Conservatives haven't put a candidate up against him.