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Two Welsh Assembly candidates are endorsed by Martin Bell OBE backed Independent Network
Two independent candidates to the Welsh Assmbly have been endorsed by the Independent Network, the Richard Taylor and Martin Bell backed national organisation for independent candidates and representatives.
The Independent Network endorsement comes just one week ahead of the 2011 Assembly elections. Siain Caiach stands for Llaneli Constituency and Elizabeth Haynes stands for Torfaen Constituency.
Endorsement required both candidates to commit to the Bell Principles, thought to be the first set of conduct guidelines created by a political organisation for its affiliated candidates and representatives.
Four Scottish Parliamentary candidates are endorsed by Martin Bell OBE backed Independent Network
Four independent candidates to the Scottish Parliament have been endorsed by the Independent Network, the Richard Taylor and Martin Bell backed national organisation for independent candidates and representatives.
The Independent Network endorsement comes one week ahead of the 2011 Parliamentary elections. Andrew McBride is on the North East Scotland list; Alan Hay stands for the Midlothian North and Musselburgh constituency; Ken O’Neill is on the Lothian list and Caroline Johnstone is standing for the Rutherglen and Blantyre constituency and is on the Glasgow list.
Representatives from the YES and NO campaigns for electoral reform will debate the question: "Should independent candidates and their supporters support the yes campaign, the no campaign or abstain by spoiling their ballots, not voting or writing something else on their referendum paper?" on Thursday 7th April at 16:00 in the Pleasance Theatre, Caledonian Road, London, N7 9EF.
The Martin Bell backed Independent Network will host Dr Lee Rotherham, a campaigner for No2AV and Deborah Grayson, from Yes to Fairer Votes as they debate electoral reform before an audience of independent councillors and their supporters. The debate will be chaired by Brian Ahearne, Director of the Independent Network.
Press conference: Matin Bell OBE launches Independent Network’s local election campaign
10.30am, Thursday April 7, 2011, Pleasance Theatre, Islington, London
Martin Bell OBE, the former Independent MP, will be joined by Tom Bletsoe, the UK’s youngest elected politician, and Tony Eggington, the first independently elected Mayor, at a press conference launching the Independent Network’s local election campaign .
At the Pleasance Theatre, Islington, the expertise of experienced independent campaigners will be combined with politicians of the next generation for the first time.
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The Independent Network is recruiting independent candidates for local government elections by placing adverts on the popular listings sites Guardian Jobs, http://www.graduate-jobs.com, Gumtree and Wiseowls.co.uk
Tom Bletsoe – a schoolboy from Cambridgeshire – celebrated his first electoral victory last night in the safe Conservative ward of St Ives, Cambridgeshire. Tom, 18 years old, stood and won as an independent endorsed by the Independent Network, the not-for-profit organisation which promotes and supports independent candidates in elections. The Independent Network is not a political party and does not impose any political views on supporters or candidates it endorses.
New Coordinator For Politically Independent Candidates Campaign
Most British voters (51%) say that political parties are corrupt.
Research by ICM, conducted the day after the final leaders’ debate, shows that trust in political parties remains low, even following four weeks of intense campaigning.
The ICM survey also revealed that almost one in three (30%) UK voters wanted their MP to be independent of a political party. This puts the level of support for independents close to that polled for each of the three main parties.
The majority of voters in the South East (51%) say they will seriously consider voting for an independent candidate on 6 May and almost two-thirds (64%) say British democracy would be strengthened if there were more MPs not aligned to a political party.
The ComRes survey results confirm that trust in political parties is at an all time low.
Westminster currently has two independent MPs, but the upcoming election will be contested by a record 315 independent candidates.