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Almost two out of three voters in the North of England (64%) say British democracy will be strengthened if there were more independent MPs and more than half (51%) say they’ll seriously consider voting for a candidate not aligned to a political party.
The ComRes survey results confirm that trust in political parties is at an all time low.
More than three in four Northern voters (76%) also said that independents should run against MPs who have behaved unethically.
Unprecedented opportunity for independents
Scots are the most optimistic of UK voters about the influence independent MPs could wield in Parliament.
Scotland’s own experience of a hung parliament, which includes an independent MSP, counters claims made south of the border that political and economic turmoil will erupt if no one party secures an overall majority.
Voters in Wales and South West England are more likely than the rest of the UK to shun the political parties on 6 May and vote for independent candidates.
In a ComRes survey, almost two out of three (60%) Welsh and South Western voters said that they would seriously consider voting for an independent candidate and even more (77%) said independents should run against MPs that have behaved unethically.
More than seven in ten (71%) in the region also said that independent MPs would strengthen democracy, compared to 50% in Scotland and 63% on average across the UK.
The Midlands is the most enthusiastic part of the UK to see independent candidates take on MPs who have behaved unethically.
The region topped a ComRes survey when four out of five voters (81%) said independents should stand against tainted MPs.
News Release - 22/04/10
Number of Independent General Election Candidates Almost Doubles
Independent candidates offer the only alternative to political parties
News Release - Wednesday 21st April, 2010
The Only Alternative to Party Politics
The Independent Network endorses 47 independent candidates for the 2010 General Election
Electorate must remember their vote on May 6th is for a constituency MP
Forty-seven independent Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) have been endorsed by the Independent Network for the 2010 General Election.
Humanitarian Terry Waite CBE is urging the public to vote for Independent Candidates on May 6. Independents offer the only alternative to party political candidates.
In an open letter to the electorate, Waite said today:
“Now is the chance for us, the voting public to strike a blow for freedom. Parliament is too important to be left in the hands of the unreformed Political Parties. Our vote for an Independent Candidate will demonstrate clearly that we want good governance and that we are determined to have it by giving opportunity for free voices to echo through the chambers of Westminster.
2nd April 2010
26 independent candidates endorsed to take on party politicians
Six new independent candidates endorsed by the Independent Network
The Independent Network gives support and extra credibility to five new independent candidates through endorsement process
Embargoed until 00.01 Friday 19th February 2010
First Independent Candidates Endorsed for 2010 General Election
The Independent Network gives support and extra credibility to fifteen independent candidates through endorsement process
The first independent Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) to be endorsed for the 2010 General Election have been announced today by the Independent Network (IN). Endorsed candidates have agreed to comply with a set of principles inspired by esteemed former independent MP Martin Bell.