So it’s happened - The Independent Group’s application to the Electoral Commission has been approved. As Easter nears, how fitting that a brand new party has hatched and is ready to field a range of candidates in the EU elections.
To say ‘Change UK – The Independent Group’ is officially registered and raring to go is somewhat of an understatement. The new party is off with a tremendous bang, having received over of 3,700 applications from people from across the United Kingdom putting themselves forward as candidates in the forthcoming European Elections. It’s great news that so many people have been inspired to hit the streets to unambiguously campaign for a ‘people’s vote’, and take forward a clear message that remaining in and reforming the European Union is what’s best for Britain.
But, as with any piece of positive news, there’s always a downside somewhere; and our thoughts are now with the poor souls who have the unenviable task of sifting through nearly 4,000 applications, as the shortlisting process for Change UK’s MEP selections take shape.
We expect further news on the selection process over the coming days, so keep an eye on Change Politics for any updates.
In the meantime, Change UK’s Interim Leader, Heidi Allen has announced plans to set up a European Election Fighting Fund on their website www.theindependent.group. She hopes this will give ‘Change UK’ a chance to compete financially with the established political parties.
Good luck to all the applicants!