The Liberal Democrats are fielding 80 candidates across Cheshire in the local elections on 2nd May.
There are 30 candidates in Cheshire East and 50 across Cheshire West and Chester. This is a record number in recent elections and the party says it demonstrates its growing strength locally.
A spokesperson said: “With over 100,000 members and registered supporters we now have a larger membership base than the Conservatives.
“Our candidates are campaigning on a wide range of issues, many specific to the local wards but there are huge issues in both councils – relating to governance with council officers suspended in Cheshire East, planning and leasehold issues in new properties in Northwich and the environment where we opposed to fracking.”
They added: “The Lib Dems are funded locally by member donations, we are not beholden to large private or business donations and voters can be reassured we are acting in their best interests.”
Daniela Parker, the Lib Dems’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Weaver Vale, added: “Our candidates have a built up a reputation for working hard all year round and not just at election time.
“We believe that we are in a strong position to win seats on both councils and the feedback on the doorstep is that our messages resonate with people looking for better local services.”