Undeterred by Labour Party rejection, Lutfur Rahman has won the Tower Hamlets mayoral elections as an Independent candidate.
With 23,283 votes, Rahman won a resounding victory with 51% majority against his Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats and Green Party opponents, combined. Rahman was dropped as the initial Labour Party candidate but decided to run as an Independent candidate.
The Independent Network recommends that independent candidates, councillors and groups campaign with Facebook. Never before has the integration of social media been more important to your strategy.
The US tea-party / independent movement is a grass-roots movement that is having a massive impact on the US politics. At present the US tea party / independent movement are co-opting two things that we, at the Independent Network, hold dear:
The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (JRRT) has declined the Independent Network’s grant request for £80,000 over three years.
The Trust funds campaigns that aim to remove imbalances of power within the UK democracy.
The Independent Network is recruiting a UK-wide network of ‘volunteer conveners’ to provide local candidates with help and encouragement needed to succeed.
The Independent Network has appointed a Co-ordinator to get as many independent councillors as possible elected at the 2011 local elections, and boost the presence of independent candidates across the country.
With less than 40 weeks left until the next local elections, the Independent Network will assist independent candidates at the next local elections in May 2011 to loosen the grip of the national parties on UK politics.
Party politicisation of local government has meant independent candidates often do not have the resources or skills to compete. The Independent Network has run a survey of Independent Councillors to determine whether there is a mandate for an organisation for Independent Councillors.
The deadline for donations and expenditure returns for independent candidates is approaching. The cut-off date is thirty five days after the election results were called, so make sure to return the forms by 10th June.
If applicable, the election agent must prepare the election expenses return. If there is no election agent, candidates must prepare their own return. It must include:
Daisy Ford has resigned from the Independent Network’s Executive to concentrate on her career after eight months of voluntary involvement. She was the only member of the Executive to not be standing for election this year, meaning that she was able to provide level-headed input and guidance to the Network from an objective perspective. Her insight into the student vote and youth movements was extremely valuable in the run-up to the election.