A candidate standing at the General Election in Lichfield and Burntwood has called for a more representative democracy.

John Madden will be an independent option for voters when they head to the polls on 12th December.

And he said his decision to stand meant residents would have the chance to opt for a genuine alternative to the main parties.

“I believe in fair play and not allowing the privileged to play the system,” he said.

“We need to return to understanding the importance of personal responsibility, social responsibility and international responsibility.

“The policies of this country should be based on evidence and long term thinking and not on political ideologies.

“That’s why we need to rebuild representative democracy and resist populism.

“Opportunities need to be nurtured for all and not pre-determined from the top.”

The father of four has previously pledged to donate part of his MP salary if elected to the local food bank.

Mr Madden said that despite the constituency being held by the Conservatives for a number of decades, he did believe change could come.

“Lichfield has not always been a Conservative area,” he said.

“And as an independent candidate I think I could do a better job.”

Candidates confirmed for the Lichfield seat at the General Election are:

  • Michael Fabricant (Conservatives)
  • John Madden (Independent)
  • Andrea Muckley (Green Party)
  • Paul Ray (Lib Dems)
  • Dave Robertson (Labour)