Press Release: Call for independent candidates to step forward to clean up Uttlesford in 2015 elections

Vote Local Independent in 2015Tuesday, 15th July 2014: Uttlesford based has moved forward its campaign for better local government by asking residents from across the district to step forward and join its team of independent candidates for its 2015 district election bid.

Residents won their first 2 independent council seats in 2013 – John Lodge for Essex County Council and Joanna Parry for Uttlesford District Council. The May 2015 district elections will see new councillors elected from every ward across Uttlesford.

Dan Starr, chair of said “The current Tory controlled district council have failed the residents of Uttlesford. For 7 years they’ve incompetently forced national party policies on our district that have traded our long-term legacy and quality of life for short-term cash grabbing and self-serving politics. Residents from across the district have told us they want proper strategic planning, far higher standards and effective accountability from district leaders, and it’s time for a wholesale change. We desperately need a Council that will work competently and responsibly for the residents of Uttlesford.”

John Lodge,’s Independent Essex County Councillor said “The national political party whip has been running roughshod over the wishes of residents for too long – and every community in Uttlesford is affected. The only way that locals can decide for themselves is to elect a majority of independent councillors in 2015. We’re working with other residents’ groups and calling on residents, parish councillors, and disaffected district councillors from across the district to join our growing team of residents’ independent candidates for Uttlesford 2015.”

Joanna Parry, Independent Uttlesford District Councillor added “As a resident, I stood for election in 2013 because it was clear that substantive change could only be achieved from the inside. Residents have already shown that they are a highly competent and credible local alternative who care about the future of the district, and so we encourage those who love where they live to step forward and join us.”

To find out more about becoming an independent candidate, volunteer or supporter please contact

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Founded in 2011, is the Uttlesford based group that provides a strong, independent voice for the views of local residents. The group campaigns for long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area. works with other similar groups across Uttlesford and enjoys the strong support of professionals in key and relevant professions. is one of the residents’ groups that help start Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local political party of towns and a village that is seeking to give residents a stronger say in local matters. can we found on the web at

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