Parliamentary interest for independents

By Emily Pearce

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

 

THREE people have expressed an interest in standing as an independent Isle of Wight parliamentary candidate — none of them serving independent councillors.

Following the Island Independents association's first open meeting, at Newport Law Centre on Friday, chairman Peter Whiteman, said: "Since the council election quite a few people have asked about an independent MP, someone who will do their best for the Island rather than a political party.

"I don't think politics has a place in local government and, although I have the greatest respect for Andrew Turner, maybe it's time for a change."

He declined to name the three people who had expressed an interest in standing in the 2015 general election, but confirmed none of them were independent Isle of Wight councillors.

The association was formed last year to support newly-elected members of the Isle of Wight Council, plus town and parish councillors.

Its executive committee includes experienced politicians including Heather Humby and Vanessa Churchman.

A parliamentary candidate is due to be selected by the executive committee in April.

The association's website is due to go live on March 1, at www.islandindependents.org

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