Independent Desborough group gearing up for first election

A political party borne out of frustration over Desborough's 400 per cent council tax rise will contest its first election this month.

Thursday, 2nd November 2017, 5:00 am
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 11:09 pm

A candidate for Independents for Desborough (IfD) will stand for the first time in a Desborough Town Council by-election on November 16.

Gil Holmes is representing the party and he says he is confident of victory.

He said: “I’m feeling pretty confident to be honest.

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“I have been out doing some campaigning with others and we’re getting good responses.”

IfD was founded after an ‘insulting’ tax precept hike last year, which led to a vote of no confidence in the council.

With relations between some residents and the council at breaking point the party was formed.

Now it has its first chance to take a seat on the 12-strong council after the resignation of Cllr Alex Turigel.

Mr Holmes said: “We want to stand for all 12 seats [at the next full election] but first we need to make a dent.

“We were told we had no experience by Allan Matthews [council chairman at the time] but inexperience does not mean inability.

“May the best man win.”

The upcoming election is for the Desborough Loatland ward.

Also standing are: Gareth Coe (Labour), Jim French (Conservative) and Alan Window (Lib Dem).