The number of UK Independence Party candidates contesting the General Election in Yorkshire will be significantly smaller than it was two years ago.
The party fought all 54 seats in the region in 2015 but as nominations closed last night Ukip looked set to field 33 candidates compared to the Greens’ 35.
Despite not contesting every seat, the party has chosen to put forward candidates against Conservatives who backed leaving the European Union last year.
Nigel Adams and Andrew Percy, who are defending Selby and Ainsty and Brigg and Goole for the Conservatives respectively, both campaigned for a Leave vote but will face Ukip opponents.
Ukip’s retreat leaves thousands of Yorkshire voters with choice to make
THE Conservatives believe the UK Independence Party’s decision not to contest every seat has significantly improved their chances of making a string of gains in Yorkshire at next month’s General Election.