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Disability campaigner standing for parliament in protest against cuts

September 11, 2012 Leave a comment

http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/9917762.Disability_campaigner_standing_for_parliament_in_protest_against_cuts/

 

A disability campaigner will try to give the major political parties a bloody nose by standing in a parliamentary byelection.

Adam Lotun, from Tolworth, will stand in the Corby and East Northamptonshire seat on November 15.

The independent candidate is director of a disability workplace company but is also a spokesman for Disabled People Against Cuts.

The father-of-two is also a former Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, safer neighbourhood ward panel chairman and member of the Kingston community police partnership.

He said: “I am standing on a number of issues, although my specialism is disability.

“I am standing because disabled people have had enough. This is no idle flash in the pan – this is serious.”

As a wheelchair user Mr Lotun said his biggest challenge will be campaigning and door knocking but he said so far the support has been extremely generous.

He said: “I never thought I would be in this position. I have done a lot of sort of political work around Kingston and online as well but I never thought I would stand as a candidate for Parliament.

“It is just fantastic the amount of support that I am being given. It’s just gone mad.”

The election is being reported as a significant test of Government policy at the polls and will see Mr Lotun go head to head with Conservative candidate Christine Emmett, Labour’s Andy Sawford and Jill Hope for the Liberal Democrats.

The election was called after Louise Mensch stood down as Conservative MP for the Northamptonshire constituency in August.

Mrs Mensch, who is moving to New York to be with her three children and husband – who is manager of rock band Metallica – won the marginal seat in 2010 with a 1,951-vote majority.

Corby has nearly always been a marginal seat.

The seat was Conservative in the 1980s and 1990s but swung to Labour in 1997, before shifting back to the Tories.

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