The Bell Principles, which were first presented by former independent MP Martin Bell in September 2009, are thought to be the first set of conduct guidelines created by a political organisation for its affiliated candidates and representatives. As a living document they are under constant review.
The forum, launched in April, enables public debate on independent policies, allowing the IN to identify which areas of the Principles need editing to keep them up to date.
A large range of topics are featured on the forum, including threads on devolved and local government elections, campaigning and general views on independent politics. This is an opportunity for candidates and supporters to communicate their ideas and opinions.
The forum is easy to use and open to all. IN supporters have already started discussions on everything from speed cameras to electoral reform.
Anyone who wants to join the forum and start debates on independent politics can visit: http://www.independentnetwork.org.uk/forums
Users experiencing problems with the forum or who would like to suggest new topics for discussion can email: email@example.com