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New Principles for Politicians

Nov 28th, 2009

News Release

New Principles for Politicians

The Bell Principles: New guidelines for independent candidates

Independent Network recruiting candidates for General and London Local Elections

Independent candidates ready for next General Election

Friday 7 August 2009

News Release

Independent Candidates Ready for Next General Election

Independent candidates are being prepared for the next general election by a UK organisation that provides campaign support to independent political candidates.

The Independent Network provides support to political candidates who do not belong to traditional political parties. It does not impose a party whip or impose any political views on the individuals it supports, or those that support it. The only rules affiliates must abide by is to be non-discriminatory and to adhere to the recommendations of The Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Record number of voters choose Independents

Monday, 9th May 2005

News Release

Record number of voters choose independents
Electorate recognising the independent alternative

On May 5th politically independent candidates received a record level of support. The electorate cast the largest number of votes for independents ever in a General Election, totalling 141,903 votes. 

The previous record was is 133,191 received during the 1945 General Election.

The Independent Network - a new association established to provide support to politically independent candidates – believes that this record level of support for independents demonstrates the electorate’s growing confidence in independent candidates.

"Rock Solid" seat falls to Independent

06/05/05

‘Rock Solid’ Seat Falls To Independent
Peter Law scores victory in Wales’ safest seat

Peter Law, Independent candidate for Blaenau Gwent, Wales, was this morning elected to Parliament. Mr Law received almost twice as many votes as the Labour candidate, Maggie Jones. The Independent Network - a new association established to provide support to politically independent candidates – welcomed Mr Law’s appointment, celebrating the support for an independent candidate.
The swing from Labour to independent is 49 per cent, which is thought to be a record.

The results confirm that support for political parties has declined significantly.

Research shows that:

Independent network expects the largest number of votes ever for independent candidates

Wednesday, 4th May 2005

News Release

Independent Network expects largest number of votes ever for independent candidates
Electorate recognising the independent alternative

The Independent Network - a new association established to provide support to politically independent candidates – expects a record level of support for independents on May 5th, demonstrating the electorate’s growing confidence in independent candidates.

Over 160 politically independent candidates will be running for election on May 5th. This is the largest number since 1885 - possibly ever.

The largest number of votes on record for independent candidates is 133,191 received during the 1945 General Election.

Labour MP threatens legal battle with Independent Candiate in Mansfield

Monday, 25 th April 2005

Election News Release

Labour MP Threatens Legal Battle with Independent Candidate in Mansfield
Stewart Rickersey Rattles Alan Meale In Election Campaign Material

Labour MP Alan Meale has instructed solicitors to investigate whether an Independent candidate running against him in the Mansfield and District Constituency “intended to damage his reputation”.

Stewart Rickersey received a letter dated 19 th April 2005 from Martin Lee & Co Solicitors who are acting on behalf of Alan Meale. The letter outlines concerns that Alan Meale has about a letter Mr Rickersey sent to local business people and previous supporters of his independent campaign.

Largest number of Independents in 120 years standing in General Election.

Thursday, 21 April 2005

News Release

Largest number of independents in 120 years standing in General Election
Independent candidates offer a new future for UK politics

Over 160 politically independent candidates will be running for election on May 5th. This is the largest number since 1885, possibly ever. The Independent Network, a new association that supports independent candidates, believes this increase demonstrates the electorate’s dissatisfaction with party politics.

This belief is reinforced by the facts that:

  • 55 per cent of voters don’t feel they will be able to vote for a party that represents their needs in the General Election

Five new politically Independent candidates affiliate with Independent Network

Monday, 18 April 2005

News Release

Five new politically Independent candidates affiliate with the Independent Network
Independent Network affiliates now campaigning in 11 constituencies

Five more Independent candidates standing in the General Election have affiliated with the Independent Network, bringing the total number of Independent Network affiliates to eleven.  The Independent Network is a new association that aims to provide an alternative to traditional party politics by supporting Independent candidates.  The Independent Network is not a political party and does not impose any political views on the individuals and parties it supports.

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New Association Promotes Independent Candidate to the Electorate

Wednesday, 23 March 2005

News Release

New Association Promotes Independent Candidates to the Electorate

Launch of the Independent Network

The Independent Network, a new association that provides regulatory and administrative support to independent political candidates will be launched on Wednesday 23rd March 2005 at Portcullis House, Westminster.

The Independent Network is a loose association of political independents that will provide support to independent candidates and establish public confidence in voting Independent.