Monday, 19 October 2009

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Please be advised that with affect from today Monday 19th October 2009 that together we the following members of Council:

Cllr Tony CLARKE


Cllr Malcolm MILDREN

Have formed and wish to be treated as a new political group on the council known as “The Independent Group” based on the following shared principles:

INDEPENDENCE: We are not a political party, and we will follow no Party/Group whip, nor impose on our group members any actions other than to respect our core values and principles. We will remain individual Independent voices in Council.

EQUALITY: We believe that all are born and remain equal and all should have equal access to the same life opportunities and experiences, we abhor racism and intolerance and fight the injustices they bring. We will work together to achieve equality of opportunity for all citizens of Northampton and to all users of Council services.

HONESTY: We believe that politics, local and national has become riven with self interest and party manipulation, we will inform the citizens of the town through our actions and through Council the true position of our Town and Council and let the people make their own judgements.

TRUTH: Likewise we believe that the public must always be told the truth, even when it is not pleasant for them to hear, we will therefore be open and truthful in all our dealings.

LOCAL PRIDE: We believe in Civic Pride and we are proud of our heritage and at ease with our future. We want only what is best for our town. Therefore we will work constructively with other members and groups on Council where we feel they have the best interests of the town at heart.

We ask that the Council make the necessary arrangements and alterations under regulation 8 of the Local Government (Committees & Political Groups) regulations 1990 forthwith.

Cllr Tony CLARKE Leader of Group

Cllr Malcolm MILDREN Deputy Leader

Cllr Jean HAWKINS Business Manager

(My apologies for those outside of Northampton who will not know that Cllrs Hawkins and Mildren resigned from the Liberal Democrat whip at the weekend and in doing so made a brave and couragous stand against the way the Council is currently being run. Thier switch to sit as Independents reduced the administrations majority from 5 down to 1)


  1. Oh my God...


    Had I been drinking you would be getting a bill for the cleaning of my computer screen young man!!!

  2. Northampton Defend Council Housing would like to thank members of the NEW group for calling in a recent decision of NBC Cabinet

  3. Thank you for the Thank You's and good wishes, it is greatly appreciated

  4. good on these two. At last some backbone.

  5. All factions within a council have personal interests. They all wish to be reelected, and they all wish to defeat the other groups.

    If you think that makes you any different from a political party, you're pretty deluded. You're a faction just like the rest of them, and you're politicians just like the rest of them.

  6. No Anonymous; (why do you not want to use your real name?) you are totally wrong.

    Councillor Clarke is MUCH more than "just" a faction or politician!

  7. Thank you Nicky, and worry not about the anonymous's of this world they have enough on their plates with their own lack of identity.

    To answer their point though, some times I wish I could just not bother standing for election and leaving the scene for others younger and more ambitous, but where are they?

    Local politics is at an all time low and those of still bothering sometimes ask ourselves why? But until the revolution?

    Alucia Continua !!

  8. Anytime my friend, you know I'm always going to support you over everything else...

    (Will explain more on that later... but let me just say; you and John Dickie are right, I was wrong! Sorry bout that...)

    If we didn't have someone like you standing for election; who the hell else will stand up for the people of this town? I don't know Jean or Malcolm well, but both seem to be more along your lines of thought than others in the other parties.

    In my view, I know there are more younger people who want to get into Politics but are put off by a number of things. I believe that local and national Government as well as Politics need people like you Tony, to not only show us the way but also lead us when needed etc.

    And when this revolution comes, I'll be on your side my friend... maybe sooner than that if I get my way. (as Teddy McNabb says; burn the yellow card...)




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