Local elections 2018 candidates: Who is Renew Britain? Full list of political parties

Posted on May 4 2018 - 1:30am by admin

Local elections are taking place across England today, with more than 4,000 seats being fought over by candidates across 150 councils.

Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Watford and Sheffield City will all elect mayors.

Polls are open now until 10pm tonight, with the first results expected to roll in between midnight and 1am and throughout the night.

Voters will see the traditional parties on their ballot papers – Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats etc – but there may be some they do not recognise.

Who is Renew Britain? Full list of political parties 

Voters will have noticed a new political party on the list of options when voting today – Renew Britain.

The fledgling anti-Brexit and centrist party was founded in mid-2017 by Chris Coghlan, a former anti-terrorist officer for the Foreign Office.

According to its website, Renew Britain wants to overturn the public vote on Brexit.

A statement reads: “We want to stop Brexit and believe a second referendum on the final deal negotiated with the EU is overwhelmingly in the interests of both Leave and Remain supporters.

“The British people must be allowed a vote on the reality of Brexit and come to an informed decision.

“We will put pressure on all politicians to offer a second referendum by standing parliamentary candidates in every constituency in the UK.”

The party has backing from French MP Amélie de Montchalin, a politician in President Macron’s En Marche.

Prior to today’s election, former Conservative councillor James Cousins joined Renew giving the party its first government seat.

He was later joined by two former Labour councillors.

Full list of main political parties 

Also on the ballot paper today are the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Greens, UKIP, along with independents and lesser-known parties.

All have been stressing their commitment to local services with messages on everything from bin collections to council tax payments.

Who are the candidates?

Your local elections offices should publish a list of all the candidates standing for election where you live, according to The Electoral Commission.

To find out more information, check your local council website.

Only basic details about the candidates are allowed to be listed such as their name, address and party, if it applies.

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