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TOURISM chief Mike Cooksley is hoping to make the change from Government advisor to a member of Parliament after announcing his intention to stand as an Independent candidate in the battle for the Weaver Vale constituency.
Heathercliffe Country House hotel owner Mike, 63, of Onston Lane, Cuddington – who was chairman of the Weaver Valley Management Board, chairman of Visit Chester and Cheshire, and on the Inland Waterways Advisory Council – launched his campaign on Saturday at his Frodsham hotel with the help of former journalist and Tatton MP Martin Bell.
Mr Bell was elected in 1997 as an independent candidate, ousting controversial Conservative MP Neil Hamilton.
“It comes down to a simple choice for voters in Weaver Vale,” said Mike, who is married with three children and one grandchild.
“More of the same party political stitch up or having the courage to vote for someone truly independent, unfettered by party bosses at Westminster but with the credibility, capability, experience and dedication to deliver real change and represent the true wishes and aspirations of the local people.”
Speaking at the launch Martin Bell said: “With the exception of Gwyneth Dunwoody, Mike Cooksley has probably done more for the people in Weaver Vale and Cheshire than any other Cheshire MP.”
Mike added: “And to those constituents so disgusted by these events that you feel inclined not to vote then it’s important that you realise by not doing so you actually condone their actions by allowing them to continue in office.
“So register your protest in a constructive manner and vote for true representation, vote Independent and make May 6 Independents’ day.”