Where East Devon (Alliance) leads the “Alliance for Local Living” in Bournemouth follows!
“A NEW political party is planning to contest next year’s election to the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole combined authority.
However ALL, or the Alliance for Local Living, is being set up in contrast to the traditional party system, as its members will all be independents standing under one banner.
They will not be forced to follow the party line via the whip.
The organisers, a group of residents, have now put out a call for candidates.
“We want ordinary members of the public, passionate people who are doing valuable things in their community to think about possibly stepping up and bringing local politics back into that community,” said Felicity Rice (above), one of the founders. “We are happy to have anyone in our group, they can even be a member of an existing party, but they must make their own decisions based on their personal opinion.”
ALL, also known as Three Towns Together in its earlier stages, was inspired by the similarly organised Independents for Frome group, which took total control of the Somerset town’s council in 2015.
The reduction from 120 to 76 councillors covering the three boroughs in the new unitary has led to concern that it will be dominated by one political party. Independents and members of current opposition parties are known to have spoken with ALL as a way to unite a disparate opposition against the Conservative Party.
Current Poole People Party councillor Andy Hadley said he was liaising with the group on behalf of his party, and he thought them “well-matched”.
“We have been passing on advice on what we have had to go through to get elected as independents, the vision of getting 72 seats is is very extreme. But to get enough to make a significant impact on decision-making would be really good.
“I know quite a few people have expressed an interest, but it needs people to stand up and say ‘we want to be part of this’.”
ALL’s first selection day for candidates will be November 24. Visit voteforall.org.uk to get involved.”