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Calls for people to stand as independent councillors
Three wannabe councillors hoping to stand in this year’s local elections say they want to see a change in local politics.
Members of the public are being invited to an information event next week to find out how to become a councillor.
The Harrow Times spoke to three prospective councillors hoping to run in May’s elections as independents, and who are calling on others to get involved.
Georgia Weston, who will be running in the Headstone North, said: “I don’t think many people realise that anyone can stand as a councillor and you don’t need a political party to back you.
“It would be great to see an independent standing in every ward.
“I believe all councillors should live in the ward they represent. They should use our shops, walk our pavements and throw rubbish in our bins.”
Linda Robinson, who hopes to stand as an independent in Stanmore Park ward, said: “My main reason for standing is to give something different to people in Harrow.
“I think councillors should listen to the concerns of their constituents. Personally I'm very interested in sustainability issues in borough and doing more for the environment."
Richard Turner hopes to run in Headstone South. She said: “I have always been interested in politics both nationally and locally but I don’t think any of the parties really speak for what I believe in.
“I think there is a real lack of engagement between councillors and the electorate and there needs to be something done to improve communication.
“I think there is a lot of dissatisfaction from people when you look at the national picture and it’s the same with the council.”
Currently Cllr James Bond is the only independent member of the council who has not belonged to another party.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a councillor is invited to the evening at Harrow Civic Centre in Station Road on Thursday January 30 from 6pm.
Those interested can email council democratic services at firstname.lastname@example.org
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