The Mayor of Grantham has announced his bid to fight for a seat in Parliament with the release of an “election broadcast” on his Facebook page.
Coun Ian Selby posted the video on Wednesday. He says he will stand for Parliament as an independent candidate in the General Election on May 7 and also as an independent for his Harrowby ward, where he is currently a Labour councillor, in the district council elections.
The mayor is accompanied in the video by his Cheeky Monkey puppet which he has used in charity fund-raising shows. Coun Selby is seen sitting behind his desk in the Mayor’s Parlour with the ceremonial mace laid before him and the puppet on his right hand.
During the film, he describes the local Labour Party as a “total embarrassment” and says he will fight an “honest campaign”.
Coun Selby was deselected by the local Labour Party last month along with fellow Labour ward councillor Bruce Wells, who is also deputy Mayor of Grantham. At the time of going to press the video had almosy 3,000 views.
Coun Selby was hurt by his deselection and says he wants to continue to support the people of Harrowby and Grantham.
Coun Selby said: “I have been treated shabbily by the local Labour party and I am disgusted with them.” He said he was standing as an independent for the “people who are sick of party politics” and for those who want to “vote for somebody who puts people first and foremost”.
Coun Selby said he would “always fight tooth and nail” for the people whenever there was an injustice, whether it be over the ambulanbce station, hospital or local jobs. “This always brings out the best in me,” he said.
Coun Selby also said: “I am highly qualified to undertake the role of MP with three university degrees to my name and with life experience in numerous working class jobs, also working as a Parliamentary Caseworker and nominated for caseworker of the year. I therefore know how an MP’s office is run.
“In 1942 during the war we had an Independent MP for Grantham. There is no reason why we should not have another and one who has always put the people first and foremost. I hope that the electorate will help me to send a strong message to all of the political parties that they should treat their members fairly and with respect”.
Coun Selby’s mother Anita, who is Mayoress of Grantham, is standing as an independent in the local elections for the St Vincent’s ward. This will be the first time she has stood for council.
Watch a video of Coun Selby announcing his fight for the Grantham and Stamford seat at www.granthamjournal.co.uk