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New party for Dorchester's Alistair Chisholm

Alistair Chisholm

Published at 8:04am 12th January 2019.

Independent councillor and Dorchester’s town crier Alistair Chisholm has joined a new party.

Alistair has become a member of "ALL for Dorset" which allows independents to campaign together and retain the freedom to represent the local community without a party whip.

With the new unitary Dorset Council elections taking place in May, Alistair has told Wessex FM he keen to talk to people across the county who feel unrepresented, would listen to those they represent and who would make decisions based on facts.

Alistair said:

“Having repeatedly witnessed my District Council make decisions purely on the basis of party affiliation and not in the best interests of those they claim to represent, I am more than ready for a change in local government. “Frome, just over the county border in Somerset, has led the way and its independent- controlled Town Council has already demonstrated the advantages of working in a different and more democratic way. Working together with existing community groups they are able to make decisions, following sincere and meaningful consultation, based on the facts and realities shared and understood by all.

With elected councillors free to pursue whatever cause is in the best interests of those they represent, councillors who cannot be “whipped” into blind adherence to some national party dogma, real change can be achieved.

“We have strong communities in Dorset but that strength is too seldom reflected in our local representatives. Now is the time to elect candidates, free of party control, whose objective is to consult, share information, consider and debate in an open and transparent manner and finally make decisions in the best interests of the people they represent,” he added.

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