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Sarah Flannery (Independent) election appeal – video appeal included

By on April 29, 2010

The reason I decided to stand as an Independent was due to feeling that this election seemed like ‘groundhog day’. Lots of promises but very little prospect for real change to the political landscape other than the usual pendulum swing from one main party to another.

The one time I really saw a change was in 1997-2001, when Tatton showed the UK it was full of independently-minded people by voting in Martin Bell. He was Independent and influential and his backing for my campaign means a great deal to me and I hope to you too. I was one of his many supporters and I got to know him well. I admired his ethos, the way in which he championed local issues and how he worked as a highly popular, representative and effective constituency MP.

I believe this style of public-spirited politics is even more relevant today than it was then, which in a nutshell is why my name is on your ballot paper.

Local empowerment and accountability are important to me and I’m backing these values by actions. I’ve endorsed The Democracy Trust’s Code of Conduct for MPs as the benchmark for democratic and political excellence: a genuinely viable alternative to party politics.

 I’m very effective at bringing people together and getting things done. I’ll put Tatton first, to shape national policies on the ground and champion local issues – voting issue by issue, not according to a Party line or lobby influence. And as an Independent, I can guarantee the kind of genuine collaboration and non-partisan flexibility that I believe is the key to achieving the best for Tatton, an area I love and care for. I’m approachable, honest and hardworking and I’ll strive with you and for you for Tatton’s benefit.

Since starting my campaign, I’ve been overwhelmed by public support. My inbox is bulging and the phone never stops ringing! It’s obvious to me we all want the same thing – we are all in this together and we all want to see stronger communities and a more resilient local economy. We want to know our views are being listened to by those making decisions on our behalf, which is why representing the people and not a party is so important to me.

If anyone has raised a general concern about Independent candidates, it is a perception they might focus too much on local issues, or not have much real influence in Parliament.

I can assure you I’ll make it my job to be vocal and informed about macro-issues because no community exists without macro-level influence. Many local issues arise as part of a larger framework of regional, national and international policy and it’s essential we have better communication about this.

And in terms of influence I believe, as Martin Bell does, that Independents can be a much-needed force for honest politics. Because of this I think our influence, especially in a hung parliament, will prove to be substantial.

If this resonates with you, then please vote for me on May 6th.

 I’m appealing for your vote on May 6th, so I’m delighted to have the chance to explain why I’m standing – and why I’m worthy of your vote.

The reason I decided to stand as an Independent was due to feeling that this election seemed like ‘groundhog day’. Lots of promises but very little prospect for real change to the political landscape other than the usual pendulum swing from one main party to another.

The one time I really saw a change was in 1997-2001, when Tatton showed the UK it was full of independently-minded people by voting in Martin Bell. He was Independent and influential and his backing for my campaign means a great deal to me and I hope to you too. I was one of his many supporters and I got to know him well. I admired his ethos, the way in which he championed local issues and how he worked as a highly popular, representative and effective constituency MP.

I believe this style of public-spirited politics is even more relevant today than it was then, which in a nutshell is why my name is on your ballot paper.

Local empowerment and accountability are important to me and I’m backing these values by actions. I’ve endorsed The Democracy Trust’s Code of Conduct for MPs as the benchmark for democratic and political excellence: a genuinely viable alternative to party politics.

 I’m very effective at bringing people together and getting things done. I’ll put Tatton first, to shape national policies on the ground and champion local issues – voting issue by issue, not according to a Party line or lobby influence. And as an Independent, I can guarantee the kind of genuine collaboration and non-partisan flexibility that I believe is the key to achieving the best for Tatton, an area I love and care for. I’m approachable, honest and hardworking and I’ll strive with you and for you for Tatton’s benefit.

Since starting my campaign, I’ve been overwhelmed by public support. My inbox is bulging and the phone never stops ringing! It’s obvious to me we all want the same thing – we are all in this together and we all want to see stronger communities and a more resilient local economy. We want to know our views are being listened to by those making decisions on our behalf, which is why representing the people and not a party is so important to me.

If anyone has raised a general concern about Independent candidates, it is a perception they might focus too much on local issues, or not have much real influence in Parliament.

I can assure you I’ll make it my job to be vocal and informed about macro-issues because no community exists without macro-level influence. Many local issues arise as part of a larger framework of regional, national and international policy and it’s essential we have better communication about this.

And in terms of influence I believe, as Martin Bell does, that Independents can be a much-needed force for honest politics. Because of this I think our influence, especially in a hung parliament, will prove to be substantial.

If this resonates with you, then please vote for me on May 6th.

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