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Giving the people of Ashford a choice

We are a group of Ashford Borough residents who believe that there is no place for national party politics in Local Government. 
 
We think that local people’s views should be heard, first and foremost, when change is planned for Ashford Borough and that Local Councillors should be acting to support the interests of the people in the Ward that they represent, not their Party politicies or personal political career.
 
We have registered as a Political Party to ensure a level playing field during Ashford Borough elections. We are focussed on the future of our villages and town and on representing your views, as we understand them through being one of you.  
 
So what’s the difference between our candidates and those representing national Parties?  
 
Simple:  there is no Party Whip.  

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

Giving the people of Ashford a choice

We are a group of Ashford Borough residents who believe that there is no place for national party politics in Local Government. 
 
We think that local people’s views should be heard, first and foremost, when change is planned for Ashford Borough and that Local Councillors should be acting to support the interests of the people in the Ward that they represent, not their Party politicies or personal political career.
 
We have registered as a Political Party to ensure a level playing field during Ashford Borough elections. We are focussed on the future of our villages and town and on representing your views, as we understand them through being one of you.  
 
So what’s the difference between our candidates and those representing national Parties?  
 
Simple:  there is no Party Whip.  

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

Our Councillors

Cllr Noel Ovenden - Party Leader

Wye Ward

Cllr Winston Michael

Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Ward

Cllr David Smith

South Willesborough Ward

Map of Ashford Borough

Help us grow the number of Wards in Ashford Borough that have Independent representation. 

AI-First Map

AI-First Map
Wye Ward South Willesborough Ward Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Ward

Wye Ward

South Willesborough Ward

Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Ward

Vote Ashford Independent on May 2nd.