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Independent councillors questionnaire

The May 2019 local elections saw over 1,100 independent councillors or candidates from independent local parties get elected across England. While much of the media interest was in the performance of national political parties, little attention has been paid to gains made by these independent candidates.


We want to understand more about the motivations, activities and political background of this new intake of independent councillors and the role they are playing in their councils. To help us achieve this we would therefore be very grateful if you could complete this survey.


The survey can be completed online and should take around ten minutes to complete. All responses you give are anonymous. The results of this survey will be aggregated and reported as a whole – you will not be individually identified in the reporting of the results. By clicking the "Next" button below you agree you are happy for us to collect your responses and use them for this research.


This survey is being organised by Dr Christopher Huggins, Senior Lecturer in Politics and the University of Suffolk, and Dr Mark Sandford, an Honorary Researcher affiliated with the UCL Constitution Unit. If you have any questions about the survey, or wish to complete the survey in a different format, please contact Dr Christopher Huggins via email at, or by telephone on 01473 338034. If you are happy to continue with the survey, please press the "Next" below.