As independent councillors, our allegiance is to our wards, Lynn News letters
Let me put his mind at rest. Back in January there were only three Independent councillors in West Norfolk; we met occasionally for coffee to support each other, exchange ideas and tactics.
We had a leader and deputy leader and similar arrangements could be found across the country as thousands of independent councillors grouped together in order to have the numbers necessary to be members of local council bodies and panels and give full representation to their wards and scrutinise council decisions. The allegiance was always to their wards, no group decisions or whips etc.
The only things that has changed here in West Norfolk is that 15 independent councillors were elected in May. As a group, we now meet every six weeks in the Town Hall rather than taking over a corner of the Corn Exchange or in someone’s kitchen.
We still have no constitution, no secretary, no fees, no minutes, no whipping, no group decisions. We have only had one such meeting to date and it was a useful forum to exchange ideas, share ward issues and see where we might help each other and hold the new administration, which is trying to ignore the fact it only has a majority of one by snaffling up all the cabinet posts and chairs of panels to account.
We also have the support of the Local Government Association which has a section devoted to helping the over 2,770 councillors who are independent of the major political parties.
We are not an ‘embryonic’ party, and we are certainly not a ‘cabal’; we are a group of independent councillors who all have only one allegiance – to our wards.
Massingham with Castle Acre ward councillor (Independent)