Clitheroe businessman David Brass intends to stand for election as an independent MP in the forthcoming General Election.
Mr Brass, who owns Banana News in Castle Street, will put himself forward as an alternative to the current Conservative Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.
Under parliamentary rules, those wishing to stand as an MP must be over 18 years of age and nominated by 10 parliamentary electors of their chosen constituency. Authorisation is required to stand for a specific party, otherwise candidates are described as independent, as is the case with Mr Brass. In order to encourage only serious candidates, a £500 deposit is required when submitting the nomination (returned if the candidate receives over 5% of the total votes cast).
Mr Brass, whose campaign slogan is “No More Nigel – Back Brass”, commented: “I am a lifelong supporter of the Conservative Party, but feel that Nigel Evans should not be elected again to represent the people of the Ribble Valley.
“I have hundreds of customers who come into my shop and have voiced the same opinion. Regardless of the outcome of the recent court case involving Mr Evans, the area has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons and I feel it’s time for someone else to represent the people here.
“Politics and current affairs are discussed by my customers in the shop every day. It’s good to get to know people’s views and what’s important to them at a very local level.”
The final deadline for nominations as a candidate in the May 7th General Election is Thursday April 9th.