Gordon Kennedy: Dagenham & Rainham

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:
Gordon Kennedy

Constituency:
Dagenham & Rainham

Why do you want to be an MP?
The reason I want to stand as an MP is because I expect to live here the rest of my life, and I just don’t want to leave my future, my families future, or my neighbours future in the hands of those I do not trust to breathe in and out.
I now see everyone is in politics for something, everyone has a self interest, I want long term solutions properly thought through………………And that’s my self interest.

Why do you want to stand as an independent?
I want the Independent MPs who have signed up to the “Bell Principles” of reform voted in because I believe the main parties have taken our votes for granted and often managed government for their own self interest.
Party claims of campaigns for the public good, seem only thinly disguised media stunts.
I want policy based on evidence, based on facts, and not based on political points scoring or party career advancement.

What are the main issues facing your constituency?
Social deprivation has increased since Dagenham’s car plant closure. Apart from the lack of jobs in the area, there is a lack of services per head of population in terms of education, health and social amenities.

How do you think you can make a difference?
I think Dagenham & Rainham needs honest representation in Westminster, someone whose only interest is the well being and promotion of the constituency without regard to party, career or other political ambitions.

What are your five main manifesto points?
To renovate the uninhabited houses on the streets of Dagenham using local skills, instead of building new homes and congestion.

To ask government to realise that Dagenham & Rainham ideally situated close to the capital with excellent transport links to Europe and provide tax and rate concessions for any business relocating to the area from outside.

To scrap future plans of ID cards, and initiate a scheme where any new police officer out of probation spends 10 % of working week in schools assisting with extra curricular duties as a role model for youths.

To manage excesses in the banking industry by giving the Bank of England power to licence all new financial products on the assumption that if it is too difficult for the Bank of England to understand then it is too risky for the country as a whole.

To stop promoting foreign dictators to drive their citizens into the UK as refugees, and support a scheme where all commercial imports are stamped to confirm that their country of origin is one which complies with the Universal charter on Human Rights

What one thing would you like to say to voters in your constituency?
In this constituency only half of the electorate vote in elections, if those people who are sick of politicians actually vote in this election then the usual party suspects will not keep their parliamentary seats

Where can voters find out more?
www.JustVoteThemOut.com .

3 Responses to Gordon Kennedy: Dagenham & Rainham

  1. Tom Austin says:

    Hurrah! [I had to check the spelling, so rare is it’s utterance]
    Yes indeed, get the non-voter out and the world is your oyster. The good people of Dagenham deserve better than they have and I wish you all the best. Even though you have something of a Lib-Lab pact of a name. 🙂
    P.S.
    I agree wholeheartedly; we must stop making refugees.

  2. Teresa Vanneck-Surplice says:

    There are a number of people who stood either as sole Independents or others and are not listed. I stood as the Independent candidate for Brentford,Isleworth and Chiswick and I believe there was one in Ealing.
    For myself,I worked hard and had a good campaign, many people said they were glad to have a choice other than the 2 main parties and altthough one or two came in at the last day of the notification which split my campaign, my real problem was the BBC which, in the last 6 weeks put up the 3 leaders (men) and no one else on the TV. This gave people the strong impression that they had to vote for a Party. Even the vicar who held the hustings in Chiswick would not let me stand. I was really depleted by this especially as we had an excellent hustings in Brentford.
    Not a single Independent was voted in despite the dissatisfaction with the 3 parties, and I thinck this is a serious blow to democracy. There is no one to oppose -or support the givernment except the official opposition.

  3. Tom Austin says:

    Than you Teresa for getting in touch. I am not the least bit surprised that it took a little while to re-charge your batteries.
    With the BNP in the mix it is not difficult to see why, at least, the BBC were not all-inclusive, but it is worth something to have had that one success at Brentford.
    If you were part of the Independent Network I hope they too are hearing from you and the others. There is perhaps some comfort to be had from the fact that no Independent could make their mark in an election that had the powers-that-be on the ropes.
    What the future holds for any that seek to stand-out from the melee of Party Politics, who knows. I hope however that minds are at work on how to take this forward.
    Thanks again for your efforts and better luck next time.
    Tom.

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