Independent Manual Requires Your Stories

Independent Network (IN) Executive Member, Jim Thornton wishes to gather information from previous parliamentary candidates for a handbook on campaign techniques for independents.

Picture of Jim ThorntonJim Thornton is writing this to book to encourage others to stand as an independent and help them succeed. Political parties provide comprehensive manuals for their candidates, but independents usually have to conduct their own research on running an effective campaign.

Individuals who would like to share their experiences of standing as an independent in parliamentary elections can complete a short survey on Google Documents. The survey can be found at

David Jones, Jim’s Researcher, is planning to directly contact the 404 former UK parliamentary independent candidates. If you do not wish to be contacted by David, send him an email and he will not bother you. David’s email address is:

Jim says, ‘I would be very grateful if former candidates could complete the short survey and possibly speak to my Researcher in person. Independent candidates have learnt many lessons this election and it’s vital that we pool this knowledge together to empower future candidates’.

Jim Thornton recently published a manual on standing as a local councillor earlier this year, ‘Independents for East Herts’. This book provides a lively account of Jim Thornton's experience as a local councillor on East Herts Distrct Council for eight years.

Jim is also running a Make Elections Matter campaign to improve the existing voting system in the UK. You can find out more about this and contribute your ideas by checking out the website.

Jim’s survey will be live for two weeks only. If candidates would like to get in contact with Jim Thornton directly, they can send him an email to:

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