It was a case of standing room only at Dorchester’s Colliton Club as more than 60 people flocked to the launch of the county’s new independent political movement ALL for Dorset.
They heard author and pioneering campaigner Peter MacFadyen talk about how independent councillors had taken control of Frome Town Council by being open and transparent, listening to people’s views, and working with the community.
Mr MacFadyen spoke about some of the achievements carried out by the council. These include setting up Fair Frome to help alleviate the effects of poverty for local people, while Compassionate Frome has interlinked the health centre, community hospital and social services with care provision from local charities and other groups.
He urged people to be bold and take action in Dorset: “It is time for change and we do need more people to step up. There is a huge job to do.”
Peter Andrews of the Bath and North East Somerset Independent Group, which is fielding councillors for the elections in May, said national politics had no place at local level.
Alistair Chisholm, Dorchester town crier and independent councillor, said he was delighted to see so many people at the inaugural ALL for Dorset launch: “Dorset has always had an appetite for independent thought. Now is the time for change, time to take action and stand in the May elections working for and with our fantastic local communities,” he added.
People thinking about standing for election at either unitary or parish/town councils should contact ALLforDorset@gmail.com