‘High ropes councillors should be pelted with rotting vegetables’, says independent standing against Grant Shapps

PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 November 2014

Nigel Parker

Nigel Parker


Councillors involved in the Welwyn Garden City high ropes “fiasco” should be pelted with rotting vegetables for three days – according to a politician who plans to stand for Parliament.

Nigel Parker also wants to install mobile phone jammers in pubs, reduce the A1(M) to a single track road with speed humps, and make hopping compulsory for one day a month.

The 50-year-old, who said he is standing “for fun”, also plans to make non-British nationals wear yellow top hats – in order, he said, to measure the “true number” of migrants.

Mr Parker, who plans to print t-shirts with Michael Green on them, an allusion to MP Grant Shapps’ former business alias, hopes to top the 178 votes he got in the last General Election.

The gardener told the WHT: “I want to take the pee out of politics.

“All of the people are too vacuous, most politicians are there for their own benefit, in my opinion.”

And he added: “If I get 300 votes I’ll be absolutely cockahoop.

“I’ll be bringing a bit of fun to politics.”

The independent candidate added: “I think the Monster Raving Loony Party has had its day.

“It was fun in the 60s. I did look at forming my own political party, but I thought it would take far too much time and trouble.

“I decided I’ll just be an independent.”

The father-of-two said he loved “winding the council up”, and told the WHT his previous activities have included painted sad faces on trees set to be cut down.

Mr Parker will be pitted against incumbent MP Mr Shapps, Labour’s Annawar Miah, and UKIP’s Arthur Stevens.

The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party have yet to announce a candidate.

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