Independents for Frome
Independents for Frome (IfF) operates primarily at election times. It is a way to enable truly independent candidates to stand – and win – local elections in Frome. The councillors elected can then work without party political ideology to make the best decisions they can for Frome without a ‘whip’ or formal leadership.
In 2015 all 17 IfF candidates were elected and will serve until 2019. They now operate as Frome Town Council and you can see what their up to by visiting that website. The councillors continue to adhere to the Ways of Working which guided the selection process of candidates and which underpin the open, positive and constructive approach to local politics.
The model of local politics developed by IfF is now being replicated and adapted quite widely. This is promoted through Flatpack Democracy, which sets out a DIY guide to share our initial ideas. This has a Facebook and blog managed by Peter Macfadyen. In addition an independent group has taken up the role of sharing case studies and development of other independent town initiatives – Indie-Town.uk – where you can see and share what’s going on elsewhere.
We welcome contact from anyone in Frome interested in standing as a candidate in the 2019 elections and there is potential for coaching into that role earlier than 2019. The IfF Facebook, Twitter and Website will spring back to life in late 2018. You can contact IfF through firstname.lastname@example.org