Councillor John Lynch of Eden District Council in office (with another member of staff)
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Election 2015: The candidates who already know they will win

Thousands of local council seats are up for grabs on 7 May. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of councillors elected without any competition.

It is being blamed on everything from political apathy, to the voting system, to a lack of campaign funds.

In Eden District Council in Cumbria, 21 out of 38 councillors will be returned unopposed.

John Maguire reports.

  • 04 May 2015
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