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Frome is a small town in Somerset, UK, with 25,000 inhabitants.
Independents for Frome (IfF)
Disappointed with traditional parties, and their management of the local community, Peter Macfadyen, who has been living in Frome for over 30 years, decided to take action. He banded with other local activists and formed a new, local party, the Independents for Frome and decided to run candidates for every seat in the town Council. The members of the newly formed local party recognized that they formed a group of very diverse people, and that disagreement were bound to happen. But, moved by a common desire to do what's right for the community, they found a way to work together.
2011 town Council election
At the local elections of 2011, the Independents for Frome (IfF) took 11 seats out of 17. Mel Usher became mayor.
2015 town Council election
On 7 May 2015, the Independents for Frome took all 17 seats on Frome’s town council, 7 women and 8 men. Peter Macfadyen succeeded Mel Usher as mayor.
- Official web site: frometowncouncil.gov.uk.
- Official results of 2015 elections.
- Wikipedia: Frome.
- Wikipedia: Independents for Frome.
- Flatpack Democracy, A DIY guide to creating independent politics by Peter Macfadyen, Social activist recent Mayor and Leader of Frome Town Council.
- [22nd May 2015] How Flatpack Democracy beat the old parties in the People’s Republic of Frome .