Community campaigners launch Harold Hill Independent Party to run in local elections

PUBLISHED: 17:30 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:55 18 August 2017

From left, Rachel Barker, Lorraine Moss, and Jan Sargent have got together to form the Harold Hill Independent Party. Picture: Phil Bowen

From left, Rachel Barker, Lorraine Moss, and Jan Sargent have got together to form the Harold Hill Independent Party. Picture: Phil Bowen

Phil Bowen

“At last the people of the Hill will have a voice,” said a woman who together with two friends has formed a new independent party.

Lorraine Moss, from Romford, Jan Sargent, and Rachel Barker, both from Harold Hill, have launched the Harold Hill Independent Party to run in next year’s local elections.

The women were moved into action following the success of recent campaigns, namely persuading the council to rethink its stance on a solar farm in Dagnam Park, and successfully campaigning against a multi-faith cemetery in Colchester Road.

“We feel that for years, Harold Hill has been a dumping ground that has been ignored,” said Lorraine.

“We have proven ourselves with previous campaigns, and we think independent people is the way forward.

“When you’re part of a national party, you have to toe the party line and have two masters.

“When you are independent you don’t have to answer to anyone else just the residents.”

On May 3, 2018, all London borough councillor seats are up for election, and the women will represent Gooshays ward.

“We won’t be distracted like the national parties are when it is national elections,” continued Lorraine.

“We are not interested in political careers, just Harold Hill.”

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