Those of you interested will find a full list of parties and candidates for the May electoral round in Birmingham here. The list has the usual suspects from the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems, with the Greens and the BNP also managing to field a full slate. Respect puts eight candidates up for election and UKIP manage to find nine, with a handful of National Front, New Nationalist Party and independents on the lists. The Peoples Justice Party even put a candidate into the field, demonstrating that not all of their supporters agreed to the merger with the Liberal Democrats (the reverse is also true).
Fascists in Shard End will be particularly spoilt for choice in where they allocate their prejudices, as the BNP, the NNP (Sharon Ebanks' ego) and the NF are all fielding candidates. For those possessed of a slightly less droolingly rabid xenophobia, there's even a UKIP candidate.
So, they're off. (Barring any last minute withdrawals)