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Show your support for independent candidates this election - attend radio and TV debates.

The public frustration and disillusionment with career politicians and party politics demonstrates an urgent need for independent candidates elected to public office.

Members of the public who support non-partisan politics are encouraged to support the efforts of independent candidates.

In these debates the most advantageous action for the independent candidates will be audience questions - so show your support by coming along armed with questions and key messages on independents.

Free Leaflet Delivery by Royal Mail

Free Leaflet Delivery by Royal Mail

The Royal Mail is, once again, delivering free election literature to every household in the constituency for PPCs.

All artwork must be approved by the Royal Mail Artwork Checking Team before you can contact your local Election Manager to agree your election mailing plan. Guidelines say that the artwork must not contain any content that is “obscene, offensive, or indecent.” Candidates must also be aware that any slander in leaflets could lead to possible liable suits and fines from the Electoral Commission.

The mailings can either be personally addressed or simply unaddressed.

Power to the People – The Future of Campaigning in the UK

Power to the People – The Future of Campaigning in the UK

On Tuesday 16th March, representatives from the Independent Network (IN) attended the first ever UK conference on campaigning.

The People Power 2010 conference took place at the International Coffee House off Tottenham Court Road, London and was jointly organised by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) and The Good Agency. Campaigners from across the voluntary sector attended.

Parliament Debates the Effectiveness of Independent MPs

Parliament Debates the Effectiveness of Independent MPs

Last Tuesday, a panel of current MPs, PPCs and academics debated the effectiveness of independent MPs in the Grand Committee Room in Parliament.

The event was organised by the Hansard Society, a non-partisan political research and educational charity. Panellists included Dr Richard Taylor MP, Independent Network endorsed PPC Cllr Diane Park, Chris Mullen MP and Professor Philip Cowley.

Insurance for Candidates

Insurance for Candidates

The Independent Network is advising all candidates to obtain public liability insurance, personal accident insurance and legal expenses insurance for their campaigns.

IN endorsed candidates Dr Steven Ford and Joe Hall both have public liability insurance for themselves and their campaign team.

Campaigning PPCs spend a lot of their time in public places, interacting with members of the public. If legal action were to be taken against an individual for causing accidental injury or damage to property, the out-of-pocket legal costs can be huge.

Independent Candidates Wanted for The Daily Politics Website

Independent Candidates Wanted for The Daily Politics Website

The Daily Politics website is asking independent candidates to send them news and comment to be published on their site.

For the 2010 General Election, The Daily Politics is covering news and comment from the main political parties, independents and minority parties.

The Daily Politics is the news site for the Olive Net Ltd website group, the UK’s largest web presence for British Military personnel and their families. Olive Net has over one million page hits per month and last year they raised 14,000 for charity.

Guidance for Parliamentary Election Candidates on Declarations of Interests

Guidance for Parliamentary Election Candidates on Declarations of Interests

In response to recommendations made by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL), the government has published guidance for all prospective parliamentary candidates to assist them in producing a Declaration of Interests.

The report by the CISPL (which can be found in full at http://bit.ly/b5t8vj) recommends that all candidates should publish a register of interests including the existence of other paid jobs and whether they will continue to hold them, if elected.

Concert Pianist to Play at Fundraising Event

Concert Pianist to Play at Fundraising Event

Independent Network endorsed independent candidate Cllr Diane Park is holding a fundraising concert next week in Yorkshire with acclaimed concert pianist Jonathan Starkey.

The event will take place on Sunday 28th March from 2-5pm at the Sowood Masonic Lodge, Birdcage Lane, Halifax, Yorkshire. Tickets are priced at £15 and the price includes a glass of wine.

Meet Martin Bell OBE

Many independent candidates and supporters have been in touch with the Independent Network asking how they can meet the former independent MP, Martin Bell.

The IN have tracked down the former BBC war correspondent and he will be promoting his book A Very British Revolution: The Expenses Scandal and How to Save our Democracy up and down the country in the next few months.

The book tour provides a great opportunity for independent candidates and supporters to meet the man in the white suit and discuss independent politics. Martin Bell will be at the following locations in February and March:

Martin Bell Book Tour

February 26th - Beccles Rotary Club Charter Night, Suffolk

New Website for Independents

The Independent Network (IN) launched their new website in February as it continues its national campaign for independent politicians in the run up to the election.

The new website aims to be a one-stop shop for everyone interested in independent politics.

Importantly, the website reflects the remit of the IN - a network for individuals interested in independent politics. The new website brings together candidates, supporters and the media while providing essential information on independents to the electorate.