Useful Links for Candidates

Political News Website

Dod's online - Political publishing house site that contains a list of UK PPCs, essential that all independent candidates register with them

Politics - Politics online magazine, containing news, comment and very useful issues briefing on current issues of the day

BBC Politics - Contains news and blog articles on current political stories

Global Politics - International affairs website for young people

Online Political Videos

YouTube Independent Network Site - Videos by the IN or featuring supporters of the IN. Essential website!

Catch 21 - Internet television station based in Westminster ran by young people for young people.

Democracy Live - BBC site that enables members of the public to watch the latest developments on the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament and devolved assemblies

Parliament Videos - Contains archives of video content on UK Parliament

Online Political Games

Ars Regendi - Free online political game that enables users to have a go at running their own state

Games on UK Parliament - Parliament's education service has created a number of games for young people on the UK Parliament, including the very enjoyable MP for a week

Essential Website for Independent Parliamentary Candidates

Rosettes - Website of a good maker of reasonably priced rosettes.

Parliament - Website for the UK Parliament, it includes information on how parliament works, history, overview, games and how members of the public can get involved.

Election Maps - Excellent free service by Ordinance Survey that enables users to view and print maps of election boundaries, such as parliamentary constituencies and parish wards.

UK Polling Report - Very popular blog, all independent candidates should ensure their name is included in their lists of PPCs.

Electoral Commission - The UK organisation responsible for the legal aspects of elections. Website contains comprehensive information on electoral legislation and registering to vote.

How to Win Elections - Excellent site by George Forsyth containing comprehensive advice on electioneering techniques

W4MP - Great influential website for free listings of political/charity jobs, internships and events. A good site to recruit volunteers/interns for campaigns.

Essential Website for Independent Local Government Candidates

Local Democracy Blog - A blog about representative democracy, social media and a conversational politics

Politically Independent Candidates (PIXs) - Provides free advice and information on standing as an independent in local government elections.

How to Win Elections - Excellent site by George Forsyth containing comprehensive advice on electioneering techniques

Be a Councillor - Lots of information on standing in local government elections. Also includes information on standing as an independent

Election Maps - Excellent free service by Ordinance Survey that enables users to view and print maps of election boundaries, such as parliamentary constituencies and parish wards.

E-Democracy Sites

They Work for You - Contains information on elected representatives in UK Parliament and devolved powers, includes expenses and voting records.

Write to Them - Enables individuals to interact with their elected representatives in all tiers of government.

The Public Whip - Contains information on how MPs, Lords and MSPs have voted. Also shows attendence records, rebellions and controversial decisions made by our elected representatives.

The Straight Choice - A live election leaflet monitoring project that enables members of the public to upload recent election literature onto the site. Very useful website for candidates requiring examples of election literature.

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