Not all councils suffer the same problems. Up and down the country the political parties are battling with each other over the candidates they are fielding. But in Teesdale (pop. 24,457) they have a different problem. Out of 32 seats up for election only 7 are being contested. Even then it isn’t the main parties who are fighting. The Teesdale Independents are the party in power.
Don’t despair over the state of democracy though. Firstly the trend is on the up. Last time around only 2 seats were contested and apparently Teesdale really is so nice that that there is no political fighting to be done. Sounds great. What’s more, candidates still have until tomorrow to get their nominations in.