Published by Island Independent Network Flat 11 The Appley Appley Rise Ryde
Why is the Island Independent Network (IIN) important?
The IIN is a unique organisation on the Isle of Wight that supports and promotes Island independent candidates, without asking its members to sign up to a set of beliefs enforced by a whip. We believe in consensus through discussion, listening to each other with respect for one another.
Can You become a member of the IIN whilst being a member of a national party?
No. The Island Independent Network is open to all who are interested in non-party politics.
Why are we registered with the Electoral commission?
Our policy is to have no policy and only to work in the intertest of our community and those who elect us, we want you to have complete trust and confidence that our accounts and paperwork are all audited and completed correctly, we are an accounting unit of the Independent Network
Why do we exist?
Public frustration and disillusionment with career politicians and party politics has created a role for more Island Independent candidates in public office. The objective of the IIN is to demonstrate that Island independent candidates are a credible alternative to party political candidates.
Why are we endorsed by the National Independent Network?
As Independents we recognised the need for a wider support nationally. Equally the Independent Network recognise our commitment to both the Independent movement and the Island, so wish to have us as part of the bigger network, Also, the absence of a national identity for independent candidates and representatives undermines the perception that voting Independent can make a difference. Both the Independent network and we aim to address this perception.
Isn’t the IIN really a political party?
No, we are endorsed and supported by the national Independent network. Both the Independent and Island Independent Network as organisations are policy-free and politically neutral; we do not impose any opinions on our members or have any whips. But this does not mean that individuals don’t have their own view.
What’s your association with the UK
Independence Party (UKIP)?
We have no links to the national political party UKIP.
Do I have to be an independent candidate to get involved with the IN?
The Island Independent Network is open to all who are interested in non-party politics. Our supporters consist of members of the public and elected representatives in town and parish councils, local and national roles.
How are you funded?
We receive no public funding and rely on private donations from individuals. The more donations we receive, the more assistance we will be able to give to candidates.
How do I donate to the IIN?
The Independent Network is a non-profit organisation that relies on donations from members of the public. The more funds we receive the more we will be able to help Independent candidates and drive an Island campaign. You can donate via PayPal here;
How can I help local Independent candidates in my area?
We’re currently building a bank of volunteers that can help Island independent candidates. Our Councillors and candidates need assistance with numerous tasks from delivering leaflets to website design. Please email us your contact details to be included in our volunteer database: Karen@islandindependentnetwork.org.uk