Across the country there will be elections in 279 local authorities and 6 Mayoral elections. Across all the 279 local elections, there are 187 wards which are uncontested. Of the 241 councillors that will be elected unapposed, 188 are Conservative.
Of the 5 major parties, here is national percentage breakdown of candidates standing:
Conservatives - 93%
Labour - 75%
Ukip - 47%
Lib Dems - 46%
Green - 38%
I have always been of the belief that the political parties should be aiming for a 100% slate of candidates. I am delighted that across Southend the Conservatives are above the national Conservative average with 100% coverage and fielding a full slate of 19 candidates.