It's difficult to stand as an independent for a borough ward. The sheer size (6,000-8,000 dwellings on average) means that without a sizable canvassing team, you're buggered before you begin, however noble your cause. Even Labour are cherry-picking where they canvass, in my ward. They're aiming at the streets where they didn't poll well in the 2017 GE, and for the homes where there's no reported vote from the polling data. As for TPA, they don't WANT to be apolitical, they - as shown last Thursday - HAVE to be apolitical in order to not give Lambeth Labour any ammunition - not that Lambeth Labour don't fabricate stuff anyway.