Brexit Party candidate Peter Dawe promises ‘honest politics’ for city
Cambridge’s prospective parliamentary candidate for The Brexit Party is promising “honest politics” if he is elected.
Multi-millionaire entrepreneur Peter Dawe, from Ely, said he is angry with the current Brexit situation and blames politicians who “stand on one platform and do the exact opposite”.
“I’ve been consistently against Brussels,” he told Cambridge Independent. “I just see another layer of politicians and just puts people further away from the decision as ever.”
On standing for The Brexit Party, Mr Dawe said: “[I’m] obviously somewhat frustrated with the former prime minister Theresa May who was working on the basis of saying one thing and doing the complete opposite.
“It does make me cross that people are blaming the current state of affairs on the Brexit people when it was a remain prime minister that has got us into this difficult situation.
“Generally speaking it’s about removing as many politicians whose role seems to be to stand on one platform and do the exact opposite.”
Mr Dawe previously stood as an independent mayoral candidate for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in 2016.
He said: “I did try and stand as an honest candidate at the local elections for the mayor, but I was somewhat disappointed that the most votes went to the person who made promises that they had no intention of keeping.
“The whole thing about bringing honesty to politics applies at a local level too. The local councillors are consistent on saying one thing and implementing policies that are the opposite.”
The Brexit Party currently has 635 approved candidates, 425 who have been allocated constituencies across the country.
So far, 300 candidates have been publicly named with more to be revealed over the following weeks.
But Mr Dawe says it's impossible to predict when a general election might be called, but he says he is ready for it.
“I’m not in a better position to predict that [a general election] than anyone else, but one has to be ready for it.”
The Cambridge seat is occupied by Labour’s Daniel Zeichner, who was elected in 2015. The Liberal Democrats, who held the seat from 2005 to 2015, have announced Rod Cantrill as their prospective parliamentary candidate.
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