A WIRRAL solicitor has launched a campaign to become an Independent MP in the wake of the expenses scandal gripping Parliament.
David Kirwan revealed that if elected he will take only the MP’s salary and not accept a single penny in expenses, except for the cost of travel to and from Westminster.
Wirral South MP Ben Chapman is currently under fire after it was revealed he took £15,000 in payments for interest on a mortgage that had been paid off.
Mr Kirwan says he has been “appalled” by the daily revelations about MPs of all parties.
He hopes that his declaration will encourage other people in towns and cities across the UK to consider taking on candidates from the mainstream parties.
Mr Kirwan will be standing in Wirral West, against sitting Labour MP Stephen Hesford and Tory challenger Esther McVey.
He said: “Day after day, night and night, the reputation of our Parliament is being besmirched by MPs from all sides on the take.
“Millions of hard working, law abiding people are rightly disgusted by each new revelation to emerge in what has been the darkest week in the history of Parliament.
“I have therefore taken the decision to show voters in Wirral West that there is an alternative at the ballot box to this immoral and shameful system.
“In announcing my candidacy today to become Independent MP for this constituency, I pledge that I will not take a single penny in expenses other than the cost of travel.
“This means I will pay for a second home in London out of my own pocket and not be dependent upon the taxpayer.”
Mr Kirwan added: “There will therefore be no claims for fixing leaks under tennis courts, repairing moats, non existent mortgages and bags of manure.
“There will be no flipping of homes or claims on two second homes. There won’t even be claims for kettles, televisions and ironing boards.
“If by throwing my hat into the ring I can make a small contribution towards the huge task of cleaning up our Parliament, then I will have been a cause for good.
“I hope, too, that my actions encourage other similarly disgusted people to seek to challenge the status quo in their constituencies the length and breadth of Britain.”