Sir Paul Judge starts ‘Jury Team’ campaign for more independent MPs
Sir Paul Judge, a millionaire Conservative donor, is setting up his own political movement called “Jury Team” that aims to get more independent MPs elected.
By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent
Last Updated: 12:45PM GMT 08 Mar 2009
Sir Paul said that the movement will support and fund individual candidates without espousing any central views or policies.
The aim is to break the traditional party leaderships’ control over the political process, he said.
The new movement will work by raising money and mobilising support behind independent candidates with a strong interest in certain issues but no party allegiance.
Shami Chakrabarti, the director of the Liberty human rights group, is one possible candidate.
The Jury Team will be formally launched next week, but its website www.juryteam.org is already running, seeking donations and recruiting 12 regional organisers for the coming campaigns.
Read more at The Telegraph.