Have the Lib Dems collapsed in the New Forest?

Nominations have now closed for the 2015 District Council elections in the New Forest and detail of the candidates have been published.

Whilst the Conservative Party has fielded candidates for all 60 seats, the Liberal Democrats have only managed to put up 24 candidates! The collapse amongst Lib Dem activists is even more pronounced within the New Forest West Constituency where they have only put forward candidates for 5 of the 30 seats. In all there are 156 candidates standing in the District Council elections, with three parties nominating more candidates than the Liberal Democrats.

Nominations by Party are Conservatives 60, UKIP 28, Labour 26, Lib Dem 24, Green 13 and Others 5.