Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Independents fear confusion over defector MPs

  • Comment

MPs who this week broke away from their parties to sit as the Independent Group should ensure their followers are not confused with other councillors, the Local Government Association’s independent group has said.

The Independent Group of eight former Labour MPs and three former Tories has not announced plans to field candidates in May’s local elections, but supporters might stand on their own initiative

Marianne Overton, leader of the LGA independent group, said: “There are currently over 1,700 independent councillors listening and representing their communities, free to focus on the needs and aspirations of residents.

“Genuine independent politics is good for the country. It puts the issue, resident, community and country first, without the interference of party politics. What we do not want, however, is confusion at the ballot box.

“So, to anyone wanting to stand or vote for independents in the May elections, know that the newly established Independent Group is not yet a political party and it does not represent any independent councillors in England or Wales.”

Variations on the name ‘independent party’ have occasionally been used. There is a Canvey Island Independent Party in Castle Point BC and Ashfield Independents in Ashfield BC, while Pembrokeshire CC was before 2017 run by a party called Original Independents.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.