Alan Graves: Derby South

April 18, 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.

Alan Graves

Derby South

Why do you want to be an MP?
I have seen first hand the lack of representation from the existing MP and feel the people of Derby deserve better.

Why do you want to stand as an independent?
The constraints of a party are too great and leading parliamentarians do not listen to you they listen to the people who can affect their careers. I embrace independence wholeheartedly.

What are the main issues facing your constituency?
Lack of proper representation, incinerators, socio economic hardship and insufficient affordable housing especially in the 2-3 bedroom class.

How do you think you can make a difference?
By giving the people a direct voice in government without interference from party leaders. By bringing all parliamentarians together to achieve better common sense policies.

What are your five main manifesto points?
1. No Incinerators
2. Honest Politics with no Party Ties
3. Referendum on Europe – as promised so many time
4. Regulate Expenses to end greedy and arrogant behaviour
5. ‘Closed Door’ Sponsored Immigration

What one thing would you like to say to voters in your constituency?
If you feel you are one of the forgotten majority you should consider voting independent for proper representation of the people of Derby.

Where can voters find out more?