Free Parliament Backs Independent Candidate in Copeland By-election

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8th Feb 2017

The Campaign for a Free Parliament is delighted to announce that it is supporting the independent candidate, Michael Guest, in the Copeland by-election on 23rd February. Michael Guest is currently an independent councillor on Copeland Borough Council and a former independent Mayor of Whitehaven.

The Campaign for Free Parliament was launched last year to promote independent Members of Parliament able to put the interests of their constituents before those of a political party.

“Political tribalism is destructive,” Michael Guest commented. “Parliament now needs independent MPs with a successful track record in the real world. Few of our current MPs have ever had a job outside of the political bubble and the results are plain to see. I will focus on what is best for Copeland as well as the national interest. Party politics has been bad for this constituency and there is widespread dissatisfaction with elitist governments that ignore the electorate.”

He added that political parties “split the electorate into competing camps to justify their existence. How silly is that? All MPs should be seeking consensus on what is best for their constituents rather than political point scoring. In addition, policies should be formed by proper debate in Parliament, not touted around the doorsteps for votes.”

Michael Guest will give the voters of Copeland the opportunity to back a candidate of proven ability and integrity, who will represent their best interests in Parliament.

Campaign Director, Martyn Greene, commented on the announcement: “We are delighted to be supporting Michael, a well-known and respected Independent Councillor and Mayor. The established political parties have failed to represent the interests of the people of Copeland, clearly demonstrated by its Labour MP abandoning his constituents to pursue a more lucrative career outside politics. Instead of more of the same, Copeland now has the opportunity to support someone who will put their interests first. A strong independent voice for Copeland is the best hope for a strong future.”

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