Independent Network endorses 5 MORE Independent groups

The Independent Network has endorsed five more local Independent groups. A warm welcome to Babergh Council, Canvey Island Independents, Barnsley Independent Group, Bedford Independents and North Kesteven Independents.

In the run up to the local elections 2011, it seems that Independent groups from across the country are looking for a national identity which the Independent Network offers.

The endorsement process has been streamlined to ensure that it is locally governed and administered. It now allows an endorsed group to endorse other local councillors and candidates into their group and therefore into the Independent Network itself.

Endorsement enables candidates to take advantage of services such as a national media campaign, research and advice.  Sharing the IN identity and a commitment to the Bell Principles provides a benchmark of credibility for independent candidates. As the voice of independent politics the IN often receives opportunities from local, national, international and political media.

The new endorsement process was launched in November and fifteen independent groups who represent over 120 independent councilors have now been endorsed. These endorsed groups now have the power to endorse Independent candidates locally both into their group and into the Independent Network.  All of the endorsed candidates have wholeheartedly committed their candidature to the Bell Principles: www.independentnetwork.org.uk/about-us/bell-principles.

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