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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by Dave Dawson

14th February 2014, at 13:36:54

@Jack Woodford - There will be forces close to Andrew Turner who might not see the logic you speak of, to say nothing of the dark forces within the Island Conservatives who will delight in the fact that good friend of AT had apparently stabbed him in the back. Of course this would not have happened if the Conservatives deselected AT.

Mr. Priest is in a very difficult position and I hope he does not betray a good friendship by running against Andrew Turner. Only he and the Assocation can decide, he obviously does not need the Associations endorsement, nevertheless he need their support or the Independent vote could be split which will not benefit the Independent cause

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by Jack Woodford

13th February 2014, at 13:45:04

@Dave Dawson. Fair point but I think the MP and Mr Turner should be big enough to realise that any such move by Mr Priest would be a political/ideological move that should not really affect any friendship. Real friendships - not to mention the good of the Island - should transcend politics.

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by alan naylor

12th February 2014, at 16:36:56

iT MATERS NOT WHO OR WHO NOT IS MP REPRESENTING THE ISLAND ALL THE PROBLEMS ARE LAID BARE FOR ALL TO SEE THE MP REPRESENTING HAS VERY LITTLE POWER TO HIS OR HER ELBOW A PROBLEM tURNER HAS HAD TO ENDURE THERE HAS TO BE GREAT CHANGE OR GET LEFT BEHIND IN THE GROWING ECONOMY OF THE MAINLAND

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by Dave Dawson

11th February 2014, at 20:48:08

@Jack Woodford. I agree with you Richard Priest is too close to Andrew Turner. Throwing his hat into the Parliamentary Ring would be an unforgivable betrayal of their long friendship. I belive Richard to be honorable and will he not stand.

If Richard reads this he should concentrate on taking over the leadership of the council where his obvious talent would be better appreciated

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by Dave Dawson

11th February 2014, at 20:30:28

Do not understimate the role of an independent MP. The island delivered an independent administration last year so why not an independent MP?

The Association is embryonic but full of experience across the board.

I agree with others here the real battle is with UKIP and the Conservatives. As a betting man I will definitely put some money on the Independent outsider.

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by Mike Crowe

11th February 2014, at 17:19:58

""" T Rollingsworth ..Ah, people who think they can make a change. Naivety at it's best."""

You mean people like the tree huggers who are going to "Save the World"?

:-((

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by James McAdder

11th February 2014, at 17:10:41

The beauty of UKIP is they run their own dirty tricks campaign.

Against themselves!!!

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by T Rollingsworth

11th February 2014, at 16:52:06

Ah, people who think they can make a change. Naivety at it's best.

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by Den Young

11th February 2014, at 16:26:31

they wont get a look in against UKIP. no doubt there will be a dirty tricks campaign looming.

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by Don Prescott

11th February 2014, at 16:24:06

Alison,
Makes the £6,000 you have to spend look a bit cheap eh?
At least you've got a good councillor though!
No doubt there will be some vacancies when the Coastal Centre is up and running.

Should be fun if, as Valerie says, all 3 demand to stand as they are "independent"!
A bit like 2010, when there were 11 candidates and the two who were indies got 155 votes between them.

I suspect Niton nobby will be the choice.

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