‘We will definitely get some councillors elected’: UKIP confident ahead of county council elections as full list of candidates published

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The full list of candidates standing in next month’s county council elections has been published.

Boundary changes brought in to save money have reduced the number of councillors from 57 to 49.

Missing from the list for the first time in 14 years is current council chairman Marion Clayton, who is standing down from her Wendover and Halton seat. She said improving facilities at the John Colet School is one of her proudest achievements.

Ms Clayton, who spent nine years as a cabinet member, said: “I think it’s time for some fresh eyes. It has been a huge privilege and I have met some fabulous people.”

Looking to upset the three main parties is UKIP, which has candidates standing in all 17 Aylesbury Vale district seats.

Chris Adams, who is hoping to take Ms Clayton’s seat for the party, said they have been getting an ‘unbelievable’ reaction on the doorstep.

UKIP do not currently have any county seats, but Mr Adams said: “We will definitely get some councillors elected.

“People are fed up with the political parties in general taking their votes for granted.”

The Green Party has five candidates standing in the Vale district and there are also three independents and two members of the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts standing in the area.

Lib Dem Freda Roberts, who has been a councillor for 50 years, is standing in Aylesbury South West.

The elections are on May 2.