Voting for the man, the policies or a party?
The Conservative and Labour parties both needed the threat of UKIP to make them take notice of and register public fears on EU immigration. However that does not mean that UKIP policies are the best way for the UK to address this very real problem or for their MPs to argue for the specific needs of the constituency of Milton Keynes.
I represent the ordinary citizens of Milton Keynes, not a political party.
The independent MP
The debate surrounding independent MPs is especially relevant at this time when warnings of a 'hung' parliament are increasing. A 'hung' parliament, or even a small majority for either party, could increase both the importance and the influence of independent MPs, as every vote will count. The independent MP is able to put his constituency needs above all.
I will hold the Government to account in a way that never happens with party politicians who are whipped to support the party line and I will vote for the benefit of MK citizens as well as the people of the UK, not for the benefit of a particular political party .
In 1945 there were 10 independent MPs elected; in recent times there have been far fewer. This was the prelude to the N H S and the Welfare State.