What does no Party Whip mean?
No Party Whip means that our candidates are always free to vote to reflect the views of the people they represent. By contrast the Party Whip ensures that Conservative or Labour candidates fall into line behind national party policy, even if their constituents strongly disagree with the decisions being passed through the Local Council.
In 2011, the Government introduced The Localism Act 2011 (c. 20) This is an Act of Parliament that changed the powers of local government in England. The aim of the act was to support the devolution of decision-making powers from central government control to individuals and communities.
The trouble is that many Councils, including our own, are too aligned to one national party. Their powers are therefore used to drive through party political agendas, and do not reflect the interests of local people as they should.
The Ashford Independents want to change that. This legislation exists to give you a voice – but you need to have representatives that have the freedom to fight for your concerns.
Vote Ashford Independents in May 2019 to bring more diversity to the discussions in Ashford Borough Council.
Our Mission is to give you a voice