The Conservative Party will not be standing a full slate of candidates in the city for next month’s local elections.

Instead of contesting all 54 of Brighton and Hove’s council seats in the upcoming election, the Tories will only be standing 50. However, the party is standing at least one person in every ward.

The party is standing fewer candidates in Coldean and Stanmer, Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, and Queen’s Park - areas of the city that have traditionally elected Labour or Green councillors.

It is unclear why the party is standing fewer candidates at this year’s election on May 4.

Labour and the Green Party are standing 54 candidates each across the city, with the Liberal Democrats nominating their largest number of candidates with 30 across almost all of the city’s wards.

Several smaller parties, including two independent groups of candidates, are also running for election in Brighton and Hove, along with six independent candidates not affiliated with any group or party.

The Conservative Party has been approached for comment.

The Argus:

Voters will go to the polls to elect 54 councillors for Brighton and Hove on May 4.

The deadline for registering to vote is April 17 - applications can be completed online at

In a first for an election in Brighton and Hove, voters will be required to show an accepted form of photo identification on election day in order to cast their ballot.

Suitable forms of ID include a passport, a driving licence, an older person's bus pass and a Pass card.

Those without an accepted form of ID can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for free from the government by visiting and completing a short form.

The deadline for applying in order to vote in May's elections is 5pm on April 25.