The independent candidates hoping to cause a shock in the borough elections have been explaining why they think Crawley needs to step away from party politics.
Mike Pickett, who is standing in Southgate, said of politicians who were bound by party loyalty: “They start to score cheap points off each other often on a personal basis.
“I cannot say how that takes forward in any way the people of Crawley.
“It’s a sort of game for themn. If I was elected I would probably be in a minority but if I saw people acting in that way, I would speak up.”
Richard Symonds, candidate for Ifield, said: “There is a need for an independent voice. People don’t really want party politics.
“They want some one who puts them first. You have to put the people first and the party second.”
As for his chances of taking Ifield, Mr Symonds said he was “being a realist”.
He added: “Essentially, I’m up against three giant, well oiled political machines.”
Arshad Khan, candidate for Bewbush, said: “Housing is a big priority for me. I want to give houses to people who work hard and are on low incomes.”