Press Release: Call for candidates to step forward to clean up Uttlesford in 2015 elections

Monday, 13th October 2014: Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local advocacy group for towns and villages, has moved forward its campaign for better local government by asking residents from across the north-Essex district to step forward and join its team of candidates for its 2015 district election bid.

Residents won their first 2 independent council seats in 2013 – John Lodge for Essex County Council and Joanna Parry for Uttlesford District Council. The May 2015 district elections will see new councillors elected from every ward across Uttlesford.

Dan Starr co-founder of Residents for Uttlesford said:

“The current Tory controlled district council have failed the residents of Uttlesford. For 7 years they’ve incompetently forced national party policies on our district. These have traded our long-term legacy and quality of life for short-term cash grabbing and self-serving politics. Residents from across the district have told us they want proper strategic planning, far higher standards and effective accountability from district leaders. It’s time for a wholesale change. We desperately need a Council that will work competently and responsibly for the residents of Uttlesford.”

John Lodge chair of Residents for Uttlesford and Essex County Councillor said:

“The national political party whip has been running roughshod over the wishes of residents for too long – and every community in Uttlesford is affected. The only way that locals can decide for themselves is to elect a majority of independent councillors in 2015. We’re working with other residents’ groups and calling on residents, parish councillors, and disaffected district councillors from across the district to join our growing team of residents’ independent candidates for Uttlesford 2015.”

Joanna Parry, Uttlesford District Councillor added:

“As a resident, I stood for election in 2013 because it was clear that substantive change could only be achieved from the inside. Residents have already shown that they are a highly competent and credible local alternative who care about the future of the district. We encourage those who love where they live to step forward and join us.”

To find out more about becoming an R4U candidate, volunteer or supporter please contact Residents for Uttlesford.

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties.

R4U leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). It is the fastest growing local political movement in its district. In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In 2017 it solidified its position with a further by-election gain with 60% of the vote. In the May 2019 Local Elections R4U gained majority control of UDC winning two-thirds of the seats. The result delivered the biggest loss of seats by any UK Conservative controlled council in the UK.

R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

R4U also leads Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards, including the best run council in Essex. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at