Jan 9th

Can You Help?

By Steve Lawrence
A general election is looming so I appeal to everyone who supports the JT and seriously wants to further our cause to please contact us urgently. We will need help on the ground in all areas. Please contact us with your details and the areas that you could lend a hand to, so that we can begin to organise a strong election campaign.

Thank you.
Steve Diffin
Oct 30th

John Smeaton v Ponsonby round 2

By Steve Lawrence

John Smeaton getting railroaded by Ponsonby of the Scottish sun.


When asked does he agree with the JT's policy of MP's pay being linked to civil servants pay and at what level he thought it should be set at.

I would have replied by pointing out that maybe the jury team holds that opinion but as the jury team isn’t a party and all its members are independent candidates it can it be a policy.

I as an independent candidate believe that an MP should be paid a set amount and possibly limited expenses the amount has to be set to a level that best enables an MP to do their job and represent his constituents to his full ability. I’ve ever been an MP so I don’t fully know the costs of doing the job, ie: travel allowances, rent for a flat in London should he live outside a set radius of parliament.


These are things that need to be discusses and addressed by all members. The Jury Team has been set up to facilitate getting more independents MP's into parliament and although the Jt is bankrolling my campaign, I won’t be towing the Jury Teams policies only those of my constituents and what is right for our country irrespective of which party suggests it.

Jul 28th

Everyone needs to read this post by Alan

By Steve Lawrence
by Alan Wallace 23 mins ago

The electorate don't vote a party in, they vote the other lot out. To get the "other lot" out, they'll vote for whoever seems to have the best chance of beating them.

We have to get to the position where people really believe we are going to win. That means hype, big time. It means targeting a constituency and flooding it with volunteers. Not just for a few weeks before an election, but for months in the run up. It means someone knocking on your door every week or so. The local paper should have a letter from someone in Jury Team every single week. Ideally, there'll be a photogenic story there too. Every jumble sale and car boot sale should have a Jury Team stall. Adverts & posters should be prominent in the constituency and refreshed constantly.

The main parties have teams of activists they can call on. Jury Team need to better them at every turn. If they put a team of leafletters out, we put three teams out. If they put 100 posters up, we put 300 up. If they have 20 people out in the High Street on a Monday, we have 60 people out the next day and the day after and the day after.

If you are serious about standing, start working now. Start putting together lists of people willing to help out, where they are & when they're available. Build your network.

So Who is really interested in the east and west midlands,, Time to stand up and be counted,

Jul 28th

Working together & The JT soap box

By Steve Lawrence

We need to make people aware of the Jury Team and our joint aims as a group of independents working together, As we don’t have the funding to engage on expensive regional area offices, we could organise into local groups where we could gather information about the JT and local Independents wishing to stand in a particular area pool in together and pay for weekly market stalls where people could come along and ask questions and learn more about us and the JT and maybe we could gather the views of the local community via a questionnaire, print off the logo for the JT and make it as visible as possible for very little outlay. We have to start some where. Just an idea I thought I would throw out there?????????????????????????

We have to start working together to take this thing forward , Yet I see so Little in the way of us doing so.

Jul 28th

Labour or Conservative?

By Steve Lawrence
After the results of the Norwich by-election, I cant help but come to the conclusion the british public get and deserve what they vote for.

Time after time we elect a  government whome we become disenchanted with, to then elect another govenrment to replace the one before and time and time again history repeats itself by replacing one lot of self servers with another, Do they really not see through the words of David Cameron hitting the right notes that take advantage of the electorate  and their concerns, yet again is the voter really so easy to sway? Do they not remember the last tory government and its reputation as the party of sleaze during it's last foray into government, Is it that the electorate just dont see any viable option or is it the historical two party option they have become so historically  accustomed to, just like the diehard labour or tory voter of the past?

I think the British public are very suspicious of anything new and dont believe voting for an independent anything other than a wasted vote, I dont think we in our lifetimes can change this way of thinking. So as someone pointed out the electorate accepts the party concept all so naturally, should we be taking advantage of this fact?

Are the electorate about to install a Conservative government with such a huge majority that when we become disenchanted by the sleaze and self interest policies (that we know as proven by history will once again fill the headlines) it will take three general elections to rid ourselves of yet again.

Are we really going to give the next Tory government  a majority in the region of 288 - 300 With which to ride roughshod over us all over again just like the govenrment we are all complaining about righ now?

I have the answer YES THEY WILL. God help us. Yet again.

Steve Diffin
Jul 16th

Face book and posts

By Steve Lawrence
Heres an example of a reply i recieved via a post i made on the JT Facebook site.

Bill PiperWell Steve - I agree with your sentiments - however - I've emailled & telephone the Jury Team now since before the European elections and haven't had a reply.
I like the principles of the Jury Team and became very enthused.........
How else do I get involed with the JT?

Now give me a fair enough reply to prevent this interested person from giving up on the Jury Team.

Maybe we should also be posting on the other JT sites so people might get the idea were still an active option.
Jul 16th

Remember The Tories

By Steve Lawrence

During my travels and meeting people I hear all the time how people are really angry at the labour party and the expenses fiasco and how people say they will not vote for them next time. BUT so many of them see the Tories as a natural way to cast their vote as a protest to vent their anger.

To my mind Labour will get automatic thumbs down at the next election so we need to be targeting the Tories and reminding people how much worse some Tories have been in the amounts they also have claimed, they are having an easy time of it, they seem to be escaping the limelight of the press etc.

More Tories have second jobs than Labour members. The Tories were the party of sleaze when last in power, there was a clamber to remove them from power, and we need to concentrate our efforts of reminding the electorate of the sleaze & cash for questions row .Voting for Tory is voting for repeat.

Let’s not let them have an easy win.

Maybe we can squeeze the odd independent in there also.

Remember, Remember, And Remember.

Steve Diffin

Jul 13th

Hmmmmm Just a thought.

By Steve Lawrence
 In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire that, in ancient times, a Locrian who proposed any new law stood in front of the assembly of the people with a cord round his neck: if the law was accepted, his life was spared. If the law was rejected, the innovator was instantly strangled.


Steve diffin
Jul 8th

Independent Candidates

By Steve Lawrence

HI Everyone.

Due to the lack of activity.

If anyone is intending to stand as a candidate at the next general election, especially in the East & West midlands areas.

Maybe we could offer moral support and physical help to one another and exchange ideas on how best to prepare ourselves for the next election.

If anyone it interested please sign up as a member to my site listed below so we can see how many of us would welcome this idea. Together we can be better enabled for the next election.

Steve Diffin


Jul 5th

My wall

By Steve Lawrence
Did you ever have the feeling ,your talking to a wall?