The Independent Network (IN) is a non-profit, volunteer run organisation that promotes and supports independent candidates and non-party politicians.
Independent politicians are an impassioned alternative to the status quo and often make the most credible and effective local candidates. Instead of representing a party, independents represent their electorate which means you can trust them to work hard for you.
Independents face two particular problems:
IN has ideas on both these problems, so do get in touch with us if you are thinking of standing for election as an Independent.
Prof Colin Copus said at one point that our debate sounded like what he imagined they were saying at the founding meeting of the Labour Party. Should we be a Party? Would that be a complete denial of all Independents stand for? It was an excellent conference at Friends House on Saturday 16 November 2013, with thought-provoking presentations from Cllr Marianne Overton, Prof Colin Copus and Cllr Darren Hayday. Full Notes are being prepared and circulated for comment to the participants, and then hopefully will be posted on the website at the end of this week. In addition, we will be posting up a list of the Action Points agreed, and then posting regular bulletins on progress.
Sincere thanks to all who gave up a Saturday to attend and contribute: who knows – this may have been the start of something historic!