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