Independents for Frome

The next four years

I'm 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 – 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


Election by numbers

Any election is, of course, about the numbers. Votes cast, swings, turnouts and polls. Unsurprisingly there are no polls for the town council; no one has ever thought it was worth the cost but there are some numbers that are worth considering before we get to the stage of counting votes.   Wards and seats There are eight wards in Frome and, confusingly, the number of town councillors varies from ward to ward. The important thing to remember is that you have as many votes as there are council seats in your ward. This means that if you live in Oakfield you can vote for up to two different candidates, if you live in Keyford you can vote for up to three. Here’s the full list. You don’t have to use all your votes but you don’t get your full say if you choose not to. IfF have a candidate for every seat.   Number of candidates That brings us on to the number of candidates you have to choose from. IfF have put forward 17 independent individuals (one for each seat) meaning that wherever you live you can use all your votes for IfF candidates. None of the political parties have put up a candidate for every seat so if you’re a national party supporter you might not be able to use all your votes for your chosen party. The Frome Times has a list of everyone standing for the town council Between us IfF and the national parties have put up 49 candidates for the 17 town council seats. You may think that’s nothing special but it...

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