Giving the independents a voice

By Jonathan Bartley
April 10, 2010

Total Politics has a short interview with Luke Wilkins who saved up his McDonald’s wages to run as an independent for Parliament.

At 18 years old, he made a few headlines recently when it emerged he had collected together his £4.65 an hour wage from his job at McDonald's to raise the £500 deposit needed to stand.

He is one of hundreds of independents who will be standing at this election. Many will be doing so as part of the new Independent Network, which quotes our research as part of its background and inspiration. It has been set up to provide support to the people who have no party machines behind them and so usually start from a natural disadvantage.

We are keen to highlight what they are doing as part of our 'ethics election' initiative, which proposes that there is another story which needs to be told during the general election.

You can read the interview on Total Politics here:

Find out more about which independents are standing where, and what they stand for here:

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