The sincerest form of flattery

Independent, Independently-minded or minded to be Independent?   There’s a reason why that Lib Dem flyer looks familiar. I’ll leave you to read into the pictures below whatever you see fit but it is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.   Just for clarification: Mark Dorrington is the IfF candidate in Market ward for the by-election on 15th March. He’s a local volunteering hero with bags of really useful experience, he lives in Market Ward and we’d be really lucky to have him on our town council.   Drew Gardner is the Liberal Democrat candidate. There are also Conservative and Labour candidates. The full list is available on Mendip District Council’s...

By-election in Market Ward

Why is there a by-election in Market Ward?   In 2015 IfF candidates won all 17 seats on Frome Town Council. The earlier this year one of our number moved out of the town – an event which had not been planned back in 2015. He hasn’t gone far and could have decided to continue with his role as town councillor but felt that, in the true sprit of democracy, he should stand down.   That opened up the possibility of a by-election, but it required 10 registered voters from the ward to request that there was a contest. This happened a few weeks ago and so we’re now in the position where Mark Dorrington will contest the vacant seat with three others all of whom represent national political parties.   Mark is a local man who is already heavily involved in the community; as a volunteer for citizen’s advice, Fair Frome and the Carnival among other organisations. He lives in Market ward and we at IfF are very happy that he’s agreed to stand for the town Council. Mark has loads to offer and would be an amazing addition to our vibrant and ambitious Town...

2011-2015 Ways of Working

These are the Ways of Working adopted by the original group of 17 candidates in 2011 and which guided the work of the 10 IfF councillors for the next four years. Click here for the current IfF Ways of Working Ways of Working The Independents for Frome ‘Ways of Working’ are prefaced by this quote: “The noble art of losing face will one day save the human race”. Piet Hein Here are the Guidelines we use to work. A willingness and ability to participate in rational debate leading to a conclusion. Understanding the difference between constructive debate and acidic personal attacks. Avoidance of identifying ourselves so personally with a particular position that this in itself excludes constructive debate. Preparedness to being swayed by the arguments of others and admitting mistakes. Relative freedom from any overriding dogma or ideology which would preclude listening to the views of others. Trust, confidence and optimism in other people’s expertise and knowledge. Confidence in the mechanisms and processes of decision-making that we establish, accepting that the decisions of the majority are paramount. An acceptance that you win some, you lose some; it’s usually nothing personal and there’s really no point in taking defeats to heart. And there are the ‘Principles’ which are how we’ll work with IfF’s final 6 Principles: Independence. Traditional party politics are corrosive and serve no purpose at a local level. IFF councillors would be non-party and free to make decisions on behalf of the community without policy imposed from outside, nor with the requirement to vote as a block. Integrity. We intend to introduce as much transparency and openness into...

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...