Common sense is new party’s rallying call

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A new political party has been launched in Newmarket by a group which said it wanted to “bring more common sense into local government.”

The West Suffolk Independents (WSI), is planning is to support independent candidates standing for election to parish, town and district and borough Councils in Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury in May’s local elections.

Cllr Simon Cole, who currently represents Exning as an independent on Forest Heath District Council, said: “I was prompted to form the group having become frustrated with party politics and the self interest groups which seem to dog the district councils.”

Another of the group’s founder members is Andrew Appleby, who was a district councillor for the Severals Ward in Newmarket from 2007-2011. He is one of three WSI candidates who will be standing for election in the Severals Ward, along with ex-police officer and licensing officer Neil Vollenhoven, and Exning parish councillor Andrew Burton. “We are against party politics, dictats from London and self interest. We are pro-business, all businesses are equally important,” said Cllr Cole.