Deaf campaigner to stand as Independent MP candidate for Lincoln

Iain Scott-Burdon from Lincoln has announced he will be standing as an Independent candidate in the upcoming general election for the Lincoln constituency.

Iain, who announced his application in the eleventh hour, is deaf and uses British Sign Language. He works at Lincolnshire County Council and sits on a number of disabled committees and groups.

He told The Lincolnite: “I am standing as an Independent MP for Lincoln [on June 8]. I am a deaf and my first language is British Sign Language. I was born in Grimsby and I grew up in deaf boarding schools.

“I work for Lincolnshire County Council and I am chair of the Disabled Staff Engagement Group. I have been involved in politics for some years and I now sit on the National Disabled Committee for Unison.

“I was involved with the consultation with the government to create the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) which became law in 1995.

“I am passionate about helping the community. For this reason I was awarded the Lincoln Mayoral medal in 1996.

“I am a family man. I love to travel and learn about different cultures.

“I feel we need a fresh new face in Lincoln and being independent is the best choice.”

Also standing for re-election is Conservative Karl McCartney, who won in the 2015 general election by beating Labour’s Lucy Rigby by 1,443 votes.

Labour’s candidate for the election on June 8 is councillor and former Mayor of Lincoln Karen Lee.

UKIP have also chosen their candidate for the election in June. Nick Smith, who previously stood in the 2005, 2010 and 2015 general elections, will once again take up the challenge.

The Liberal Democrats announced their selection on May 3 as local business woman Caroline Kenyon.

 Ben Loryman was also confirmed as the Green Party candidate.

The deadline for nominations was 4pm on Thursday, May 11, the full list of Lincoln candidates is expected within the hour.