There was a discussion over whether Labour not standing in Hitchin was a nominations issue. Turns out they released a statement some time ago that they had chosen not to stand due to the circumstances of the election.
A more likely reason for Labour deliberately standing down candidates in Lib Dem seats where the Conservatives are the challenger is that Labour has formed the administration in North Hertfordshire since 2019 and runs the council, but only because the Lib Dems keep them in power.
Post by Pete Whitehead on Mar 11, 2022 7:51:17 GMT
It's bizarre that the county division was more strongly Lib Dem than the district ward. Nobody predicted that understandably. It implies that the (normally safe Conservative) Priory ward was more strongly Lib Dem than Highbury. Either that or a very large amount of split ticket voting with significant numbers voting Conservative in the district election and Lib Dem for the county
Maybe they thought the district seat was safe and the county seat vulnerable (justified on the figures) and poured a lot more effort into the "other" parts of the county seat
Going there reluctantly, but the name of the county candidate was Keith Hoskins, and the district candidate was Raj Bhakar. Might have something to do with it sadly?
Equally possible, IIRC from Andrew’s Preview, that Mr Hoskins, as an existing District Councillor for Hitchin Highbury, had some name recognition, whereas Ms Bhakar, as an apparent first time candidate, didn’t.