Well done to the Independents

May 7, 2010

I know that for most independent candidates it was a tough night and that not many (if any) were elected. But I want to take this opportunity to say well done and thank you.

You have been brave enough to, literally, stand up and be counted – and for that we all owe you a great deal of respect.

It was clearly a tough battle out there during the campaign. The economic issues we all face have clearly pushed voters to take refuge in the main parties, while the televised debates further promoted the idea that they were the only three choices. Yet you continued to campaign positively. It may not look like it now, but you have done well and you should be proud of yourself.

But also a big thank you. It is my opinion that by standing you have helped to make democracy stronger. You gave the voters a choice and you showed that there are options outside of the main parties.

It wasn’t to be this time, but you should still be proud of what you have achieved.

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Get out and Vote!

May 6, 2010

Today’s the day. And the time for debating and discussing is over – now is the time for action. And each and every one of us can act – by voting.

So get out and vote!

I believe that making an active choice at the election is the duty of everyone. Personally, I would make voting mandatory as they do in Australia. It is only by exercising your right to have a say in the election booth that you can affect any change.

Now, I accept that there isn’t always someone that you would like to vote for. That’s one of my main reasons for promoting independent candidates – to give you more choice and to give you a truly local choice. If you want to see if your constituency has an independent standing go here.

However, if you are fed up with the main parties, don’t want to vote for one of the fringe parties, don’t have an independent in your constituency (or just don’t want to vote for them), then you don’t have to put your ‘X’ in any of their boxes. You can actively choose to not vote for any of them – spoil your ballot paper, or just don’t put a mark anywhere.

But make an active choice.

Don’t be lazy, don’t think that your vote doesn’t count and don’t think that all MPs are the same. Make a choice, even if that choice is no-one, and get out there to the polling station and made sure your choice is registered.

Obviously, I’d like you to vote for the independents. But first of all I just want you to vote.


Diane Park: Halifax

May 4, 2010

This is a repeat of a previous posting as I have done some work with Diane and I’ve got to know her well enough to personally recommend her. If you are in Halifax, please please please consider how Diane, as a passionate member of the local community and tireless advocate for local issues, would be able to work for Halifax if elected.

I’ve been supporting independents as it’s my view that as an electorate we need more independents to stand – we need more choice about who will represent us. As we have seen from the recent scandals that have hit Westminster, MPs from the main parties all seem to be part of the same ‘club’. To be truly represented we need people that are not part of that club. If you’re constituency has an independent standing, please take the time to consider the difference that having a true member of the local community can bring to you – someone who is working for the constituency and not for the party or their political career.

I don’t pretend that this is an exhaustive list, you can see more independents on the Independent Network’s website here.

Diane Park, HalifaxName:
Mrs Diane Park

Constituency:
Halifax, West Yorkshire

Why do you want to be an MP?
To make a difference, to be able to make the voice of the people of Halifax heard in Westminster. To consult as widely as possible to discover the wishes, desires and ambition of the constituents of Halifax and to deliver

Why do you want to stand as an independent?
Because I want to be able to say what I truly think and not what the party says I have to think.

What are the main issues facing your constituency?
Employment, education, transport, a weak and un-respected council

How do you think you can make a difference?
With straight talking, common sense, consulting, influencing, promoting and always with enthusiasm and drive

What are your five main manifesto points?
Law and Order
We all want to feel safe in our homes and on the street, crime in this country is too high and many of us do not feel safe. Local police stations should be accessible, more police on the streets and a more efficient response and follow up when a crime is reported. Community Justice Panels and use of community punishments as an alternative to short term prison sentences would help the over-crowding in prisons.

The Economy
People today are struggling with spiraling debts, rising food and energy bills and unaffordable mortgages. With plummeting house prices, falling growth, rising inflation and rising unemployment, the outlook for the UK economy looks bleak.
Government spending needs control and the economy needs a boost, by cutting taxes for people from the bottom up and regulating the banking system to prevent irresponsible lending and business practices the economy would be strengthened.

Education
It is paramount that every child to gets an excellent education because this is the best way to get on in life, get a good job, and learn about the world. Class sizes should be reduced giving teachers more time to spend in the classroom.
University education should be free and everyone who has the ability should be able to go to university and not be put off by the cost.

Health
Health care in the UK should remain free and available to everyone based on need; there should be no waiting lists and no postcode lottery. Money invested in health care should not be wasted on bureaucracy and should be invested in frontline services. Doctors and nurses are forced to spend too much time trying to meet government targets rather than caring for patients. Decisions about local services should be made by the people it affects, locally.

Transport
Buses and trains should be affordable and reliable so people can have a real choice about how to travel. Cutting pollution and making it easy for people to leave their car at home. The passenger should come first, with plans for a rail renaissance, reopening closed railway lines and new stations, using the railway as an alternative to Lorries and building a High Speed Network to cut journey times to Scotland and the north of England. Local people should have a say on bus fares and routes in their area.

What one thing would you like to say to voters in your constituency?
I promise to strive to improve the well-being, security, life opportunities and happiness to the constituents of Halifax

Where can voters find out more?
Website – www.dianepark4halifax
Twitter – http://twitter.com/Diane4Halifax


Iain Meek: Holborn and Saint Pancras

May 2, 2010

This is one of my series of articles on some of the Independent candidates standing at this election. If you want to see a fuller list please go here.

However, I don’t pretend that this is an exhaustive list, you can see more independents on the Independent Network’s website here.

My view is that as an electorate we need more independents to stand – we need more choice about who will represent us. As we have seen from the recent scandals that have hit Westminster, MPs from the main parties all seem to be part of the same ‘club’. To be truly represented we need people that are not part of that club. If you’re constituency has an independent standing, please take the time to consider the difference that having a true member of the local community can bring to you – someone who is working for the constituency and not for the party or their political career.

Name:
Iain Meek

Constituency:
Holborn and Saint Pancras

Why do you want to be an MP?
I could do a better job of it than any standing in my constituency

Why do you want to stand as an independent?
All the parties have shown themselves to be corrupt in the recent expenses scandal

What are the main issues facing your constituency?
Housing, schooling, the recession

How do you think you can make a difference?
By understanding the issues and voting, and encouraging others to vote, for sensible solutions

What are your five main manifesto points?
1 – Excellence generally – find the best dustbin man, the best illegal immigrant, the best civil servant- and give each one a medal. Obviously I’ll get one for being the best MP!

2 – Sensible government by sensible people – well I’m an architect and we have to get things done. The current party system requires party candidates to vote on party lines much of the time – not to think for themselves.

3 – Independent MPs to back whichever Government policies are excellent and sensible – this party system has shown itself to be corrupt and encourages irresponsible activity by MPs.

4 – A more equal society – tax the rich, not the poor – even higher taxes for the rich above a multiplier of the base rate – the multiplier dependent on what the Government needs to raise.

5 – Sort out the housing crisis – everyone needs a decent home in this climate. Especially people in Camden – which seems to suffer endless overcrowding and shortages.

6 – An end to VAT on sanitary towels- these are not luxury items. Every woman needs these for much of her life.

What one thing would you like to say to voters in your constituency?
Vote for me

Where can voters find out more?
http://iainmeek.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1771879162


Geoffrey Woollard: South East Cambridgeshire

April 22, 2010

This is one of my series of articles on some of the Independent candidates standing at this election. If you want to see a fuller list please go here.

However, I don’t pretend that this is an exhaustive list, you can see more independents on the Independent Network’s website here.

My view is that as an electorate we need more independents to stand – we need more choice about who will represent us. As we have seen from the recent scandals that have hit Westminster, MPs from the main parties all seem to be part of the same ‘club’. To be truly represented we need people that are not part of that club. If you’re constituency has an independent standing, please take the time to consider the difference that having a true member of the local community can bring to you – someone who is working for the constituency and not for the party or their political career.

Name:
Geoffrey Woollard

Constituency:
South East Cambridgeshire

Why do you want to be an MP?
To be able to represent my constituency by thinking things through for myself, making up my own mind on the important issues of the day, and acting and voting accordingly. And not toeing ‘the party line.’

Why do you want to stand as an independent?
Because to do any other is to toe ‘the party line.’

What are the main issues facing your constituency?
The National Trust’s threat to flood or ‘junglefy’ a large area of the Cambridgeshire Fens; the un-banning of hunting and hare coursing, which I oppose; Afghanistan: I want our boys brought home.

How do you think you can make a difference?
By thinking things through for myself, making up my own mind on the important issues of the day, and acting and voting accordingly. And not toeing ‘the party line.’

What are your five main manifesto points?
Stopping the National Trust in its tracks; stopping the un-banning of hunting and hare coursing; bringing our boys back from Afghanistan; slowing down inward migration to Cambridgeshire; slowing down immigration nationally.

What one thing would you like to say to voters in your constituency?
Vote independent for real change.

Where can voters find out more?
http://woollard4southeastcambs.blogspot.com/.


Dr Yasmin Zalzala: Manchester Withington

April 21, 2010

This is one of my series of articles on some of the Independent candidates standing at this election. If you want to see a fuller list please go here.

However, I don’t pretend that this is an exhaustive list, you can see more independents on the Independent Network’s website here.

My view is that as an electorate we need more independents to stand – we need more choice about who will represent us. As we have seen from the recent scandals that have hit Westminster, MPs from the main parties all seem to be part of the same ‘club’. To be truly represented we need people that are not part of that club. If you’re constituency has an independent standing, please take the time to consider the difference that having a true member of the local community can bring to you – someone who is working for the constituency and not for the party or their political career.

Name:
Dr Yasmin Zalzala

Constituency:
Manchester Withington

Why do you want to be an MP?
Because I want to make the world a better place and help people live happier lifes

Why do you want to stand as an independent?
Because the Party System has let me down

What are the main issues facing your constituency?
Unemployment, Huge Blocks of Housing/Flats, Shortage of School places

How do you think you can make a difference?
Greater influence with planning, building new schools, appropriate planning

What are your five main manifesto points?
Landlord registration scheme, Accountable police, Improve access to justice, Better planning control, Effective consultation with people

What one thing would you like to say to voters in your constituency?
I am better for the constituency than the party man/woman

Where can voters find out more?
Through my leaflets and by ringing me directly or through my blogs. However, I am working to have my own website


Dr. Stephen Lathwell, PhD: Luton South

April 20, 2010

This is one of my series of articles on some of the Independent candidates standing at this election. If you want to see a fuller list please go here.

However, I don’t pretend that this is an exhaustive list, you can see more independents on the Independent Network’s website here.

My view is that as an electorate we need more independents to stand – we need more choice about who will represent us. As we have seen from the recent scandals that have hit Westminster, MPs from the main parties all seem to be part of the same ‘club’. To be truly represented we need people that are not part of that club. If you’re constituency has an independent standing, please take the time to consider the difference that having a true member of the local community can bring to you – someone who is working for the constituency and not for the party or their political career.

Name:
Dr. Stephen Lathwell, PhD

Constituency:
Luton South

Why do you want to be an MP?
Everyone else argues over HOW to educate children. I am standing on WHAT to educate children. The current politicians are not listening to the problems that companies face in recruiting an educated workforce, and we are declining in educational standards annually.

Why do you want to stand as an independent?
No political party wants an educated Britain!

What are the main issues facing your constituency?
Depends on the region,
The east: the poorly planned housing development
The centre: prostitution and drugs.
The asian community: community cohesion and racism.

How do you think you can make a difference?
I have been a voice for 5 years about the prostitution problem.
I believe that community cohesion does not depend on losing cultural identity,
I am against any poorly planned development.

What are your five main manifesto points?
i > A 21st Century Education System which has the University of Bedfordshire pledged support, and the awareness of all the surrounding Universities. Costs £60,000 to develop will be supported maintained and enhanced by PhD/MPhil/Post-Doc Researchers, it will give children an education which is suitable for the 21st Century. Only 2% of the population know the latest technologies, and industry do not want to employ people only to spend years in remedial education/training! This will give Luton/Britain a clear and decisive employability advantage.

ii > The “New Technology Economic Model”. I will bring the leading researchers from every University in the region to Luton, where the University of Bedfordshire is training an entrepreneurial class of business students, and with the support of the Chamber of Commerce establish new Businesses based on the next generation of technologies here in Luton. To support future growth is the 21st Century Education System to provide the technicians and basic knowledge workers. The expectation is full employment in 20 years.

iii > To reform the House of Commons and Lords, which no party will do as they are all involved in their own scams, no MP will vote to have him/herself jailed. Being in Parliament does not mean being above the law.

iv > To criminalise Scientific Fraud. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) proposed in 2003 criminal charges be laid against Environmentalists for the Global Warming Scandal. We are suffering a Solar Cycle, and the scientific community are dismissing the evidence against CO2 based Global Warming. Climate Changes naturally, but we are not having a Climatic Change event, weather is not Climatic Upheaval.

v > To curtail the influence of Lobby Groups. Lobby group can effectively establish law by bombarding MPs without the legal requirement of telling the truth. Where a law is created with Lobby Group influence, the Lobby Group should be named and open to prosecution if the effect of the law is to deliberately disadvantage a group of people.

What one thing would you like to say to voters in your constituency?
Do you want a decent education system? Do you want to have jobs? You wont get either with the main parties, Labour are stuck in the 1960s and Conservatives in the 17th Century.
When discussing education plans everyone else talk £millions and how to educate people, tinkering with at the edges. We are technologically deficient in education. We are training engineers who leave the country because the industries to employ them are in foreign lands. They wont invest and come here, their purpose is to make profits not operate as a social service. We need an education system that has education content which is relevant to the modern world, eg: Fuzzy Logic, over 1 million patents, but only 2% of people know about the
principles.

Within a week of being elected I will have been in contact with all the Universities (again) to invite their researchers to Luton to start creating new enterprises.

I have the support of schools surrounding Luton (St. Albans) just by word of mouth!
No main party will properly reform parliament, it means taking away their own scams.
Why should we pay taxes for Climate Change when the climate is changing due to a 60 year cycle? Environmentalists shout ‘Global Warming’, what Global Warming? The CRU emails show there’s been none since 1999, and Prof Jones interview admitted there had been no warming since 1995.

Where can voters find out more?
I write for www.The-Daily-Politics.com as a columnist, which is a news server to the British Army and Navy abroad.