A Picture of Independents

A professional photographer is searching for past and present Independent Candidates to photograph for an exhibition in a gallery to be held shortly after the election.

The project is an inspiration from commercial photographer Daniel Bosworth. He is attempting to gather a group of 20 to 30 Independent Candidates who are currently running, or have previously run for the General Election or the European Parliamentary Election. The purpose of the exhibition is to document the growing phenomenon of independent candidates. “My take on independent candidates is that they're breathing life into our tired party politics and I think that should be documented. I think it will be of considerable interest” said Dan Bosworth.

Indie Candidates Go Blogging

A political campaigner behind the blog Independent MPs has been in touch with the Independent Network as he is keen to promote independent candidates by profiling them on his popular site.

Patrick Smith, the author of Independent MPs, is requesting that candidates send him responses to a set of questions featured below. 

Mr Smith notes that he will not edit responses unless there are obvious grammatical mistakes and that all articles will be positive towards candidates.

Independent Network Becomes a Third Party

The Independent Network registered as a Third Party with the Electoral Commission last month, enabling it to legally campaign on behalf of independent candidates.

The Electoral Commission defines a Third Party as ‘an individual or organisation that is not standing or fielding candidates at an election, but which campaigns for or against a political party, parties of candidates at the election’.

Hansard Society Debates the Effectiveness of Independent MPs

A debate on the effectiveness of independent MPs is set to take place in the Houses of Parliament at 6:30pm on March 16th, 2009.

Topics to be discussed include the likelihood of independents being elected in the upcoming general election and how this would affect Parliament and politics in general. Will independent MPs spend more time in their constituencies at the expense of Parliament? Can a large number of independent MPs without the influence of whips affect real change?

Free Book on British Democracy Avaliable to Download

The Independent Network has been in touch with the independent publishing house, Icon Books, regarding a free e-book, X Marks the Box: How to Make Politics Work For You by Daniel Blythe usually priced at £6.99.

X Marks the BoxWhat is politics? And why does it matter? Self-confessed ‘born-again voter’ Daniel Blythe presents a popular, forceful argument designed to shake up anyone’s apathy.

Pressing Action for Independent Candidates

Independent Network’s (IN) Exec Members and endorsed independent candidates have been featured in the national media during the last few weeks.

On Valentines Day, BBC Politics Show North East featured four independent candidates contesting seats in the North East, these included IN Exec Member Steven Ford (Hexham).

Videos and Resources Now Available from Birmingham Workshop

On the 23rd January 2010, over 40 candidates and supporters attended a workshop for independent candidates organised by the Independent Network in Birmingham.

The event endeavoured to provide training for independent candidates. Topics covered in the event included the advantages of standing as an independent, fundraising and the daily activities of the UK Parliament.

The sell-out event was extremely popular with no seats left spare. The workshop brought together six speakers including academics, Martin Bell OBE, Dr Richard Taylor and a representative from The Electoral Commission.

Dr Richard Taylor MP and Martin Bell to Lead Workshop

The Independent Network (IN) has organised a workshop for independent Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) and supporters in Birmingham on the 23rd January 2010 from 10am – 4pm. The ticketed event will be held in The Priory Rooms at the Quaker Meeting House in Birmingham city centre.

Over 30 people are expected to attend the event and there are a few places remaining, but tickets are selling fast. Any individual who wishes to attend the event should get in touch with the IN as soon as possible.

Independent Candidates Sought After for Research by Think Tank

The Centre for Women & Democracy (CFWD) has been in touch with the Independent Network. They are currently undertaking election analysis as part of their remit and are keen to include independent candidates.

The Centre for Women and Democracy is an independent non-partisan body based in Leeds which works on democratic participation and representation at all levels.

Become an Online Celebrity

The IN recommends that all candidates use key political websites to promote their election campaign.

Rob Jessel, Secretary of the IN, says ‘By using sites such as Twitter and UK Polling Report, independent candidates can facilitate two-way communication with voters. These sites are extremely popular with young people and it’s a great way to target the youth vote.’