A Freedom of Information (FoI) request has been submitted enquiring about the constitution of the newly formed Newport Independents Party / Plaid Annibynol Casnewydd. The party is assuming this request has been made by opposition parties searching for a way to discredit Newport Independents.
The party, which was officially recognised by the Electoral Commission in March, has seen its number of candidates rise to 17 for the forthcoming local council elections, which take place 4th May.
Supplying a constitution was a requirement of the application to the Electoral Commission.
“We are clearly causing some discomfort to the establishment parties’ ‘Cosy Club’ who think they have a divine right to carry on unopposed wi th their same-old, same-old approach to local government,” explained Kevin Whitehead, leader and co-founder of Newport Independents Party. “They seem to think we don’t have a right to exist or challenge the way they do things.
“The uncomfortable reality for them is that we are gaining significant support from both neighbours and businesses within the city who are tired of having national party politics dictate the way their representatives act, and who are looking for more of a say in how their city and its neighbourhoods are managed.
“Newport Independents Party members and candidates are united and focussed on the challenge of removing national party politics from our local authority, of giving people more of a say in how the city is run, and crucially of making the council more transparent, open, and accountable. For several years we have seen true democracy being gradually squeezed out of the Civic Centre by parties who think they know what’s best for us, and who do not like being questioned.
“We are very much looking forward to the election and are working hard to get our message out to the city that only we can offer true representation. We are also open and transparent, and welcome any questions about the party. We are reaching out to the people of Newport via social media as well as on the doorstep and have nothing to hide.”
Issue date: Monday 3rd April 2017