Last week on Victoria Derbyshire’s 5Live programme there was a discussion about whether there should be more independent MPs at the next election. Unfortunately I haven’t had chance to blog about it earlier.
The debate was started because Martin Bell has revealed that he has been contacted by a number of people that seem to be keen to stand as independents to oust some of the more high profile MPs that have been caught out during the expenses scandal (especially Alan Duncan and Keith Vaz). As he was interviewed by Victoria, he made some really interesting comments about what it takes to be an independent MP:
– “You’ve gotta know what you’re getting into”
– “People are entitled to know … what kind of person you are and roughly how your votes will be cast on the big issues”
– “You need enough money to compete with the incumbent and you need a lot of supporters, boots on the ground”
– “There are no automatic votes for independents, you have to win every single one of them”
Some really good comments there and a lot of things to think about for anyone looking to run. Obviously the boots on the ground is one area that I’d love this blog to able to help with.