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A general election candidate for Lichfield and Burntwood has insisted Michael Fabricant could “go on holiday” and still win the poll – describing the democratic process in the area as “b******s”.
Andy Bennetts, who is representing Class War in the May vote, said the general election was nothing more than a “periodic circus” given the Conservatives’ domination in the area.
Michael Fabricant has held the seat for the Tories since 1997 following a five year spell as the representative for mid-Staffordshire.
And Mr Bennetts believes most candidates standing against him have their eyes on the future rather than genuinely representing the local area.
“Lichfield is a safe Tory seat,” he said. “The MP on May 8 will be Michael Fabricant, he could go on holiday and still win.
“We’re having more of a pantomime than an election, where career minded politicos try to make a good impression with their party in the hope of being selected to fight a seat they have a chance of winning in the future.
“Other candidates are trying to raise their profile locally in the hope of winning in a future council election.”
The Class War representative insisted mainstream parties had already abandoned Lichfield in terms of campaigning.
“It’s time for the periodic circus that is a general election,” he said. “Like all previous general elections it will decided by around 200 marginal seats.
“These key marginal seats are where the party leaders will appear on TV giving pithy soundbites while wearing a hard hat in a warehouse or sipping a pint in a pub, the seats where doors get knocked and where the money gets spent campaigning.
“Lichfield isn’t one of them. In 2010 a total of 47 pence was spent for each vote cast which compared to a marginal seat like Luton South where more than £3 per vote was spent which illustrates how much Lichfield and the votes cast here simply don’t matter.
“No one is contesting this election to win. Not even us. Vote Class War because this election is a lot of b******s.”
Candidates for the Lichfield constituency on May 7 are: