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Ukip is more likely to stand candidates against Remainers

Where the incumbent MP backed EU membership last year, Ukip is twice as likely to field someone

By Chris Hanretty  

Fewer candidates are standing in this election than at any election since 1992—a development which could have important consequences for the overall result. After all, the splintering of the rightwing vote towards the referendum party and the early incarnation of Ukip had a bearing on the scale of John Major’s landslide defeat in 1997 and minor parties, though they win few seats themselves, have often had a bearing in close contests between the main players ever since.

So why are there fewer candidates this time? It is due not just to a smaller number of independent or minor party candidates,…

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