A product designer at Gloucestershire refrigeration and vending company Autonumis is hoping to land up in Parliament after announcing plans to become an MP.
Simon Killane, whose day job involves working for the refrigerated cabinet and chilled drinks dispenser maker, is taking on North Wiltshire’s long-standing Conservative MP James Gray for the seat.
Killane is currently an independent Wiltshire councillor but has launched an internet campaign to become “the first true people’s MP ever elected in the county”.
On www.thepeoplesrep.co.uk, he claims: “I will transform the way elected representation works by going ‘back to the basics’ of what it means to democratically represent the people.”
He says that the internet, social media and new campaign funding methods have created “a unique opportunity” for independent politicians to challenge the party system.
Killane adds: “With your help I will be the MP that you never had but always wanted. I see myself as the true embodiment of the people’s representative.”