Five Bury community campaigners have come together to launch a new hyper-local party which aims to elect councillors in next year’s Bury Council local elections. Bury Independents has been founded on a commitment to transparent and honest representation for the communities of Bury.

Community campaigners from Unsworth, Whitefield, Prestwich, Bury and Radcliffe have followed the example set by Radcliffe First and formed a new hyper-local party. Bury Independents will stand candidates in next year’s local elections, due to take place on 2nd May 2024, with the intention of putting people before politics and representing the people of Bury in an open, transparent and honest way.

Bury Independents leader, Steve Middleton, commenting on the launch said “As a small group of experienced local community campaigners, we collectively decided we’d had enough of the political games and poor decision making that has blighted Bury. The five of us have come together to form Bury Independents and we are hoping more people will join once we’ve explained to Bury folk how we hope to change the status quo on the council. Bury Independents will focus on the needs of the people of Bury first – fighting against building on Bury’s green belt, campaigning for better school standards and cheaper school uniforms across the borough, challenging the neglect of Bury’s roads and pushing for transparent decision making.”

Philip Smith-Lawrence, Bury Independents Head of Media & Communications, said; “Bury Independents was formed because we believe you, the people of Bury, should have the option to choose people from the community and who work on behalf of the community, to represent you, the people of Bury, in Bury Council.”

Anyone who wants to join us as candidates or supporters to work for a better run council can sign up on our website at and you can also support us on Facebook at on twitter/x at and on Instagram at Join us and help make your town a better place to live and work.”



Bury Independents application as a political party was submitted to the electoral commission in November 2023. Steve Middleton and Philip Smith-Lawrence are available for interview, see contacts below.


Steve Middleton, Party Leader.
Philip Smith-Lawrence, Head of Media.

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