Well-known Lincoln busker Phil Gray has been confirmed as an Independent candidate to stand in the June 8 general election.
Phil, who has lived in Lincoln since 1992 and spent many years working in the education sector before committing to his music full-time last year, says he wants to bring “love, joy and peace to the neighbourhood of Lincoln”.
Often seen on the city streets with guitar in hand and a colourful cowboy-style hat on his head, Phil has already begun spreading his message of “End party politics; Choose love, joy and peace” around the constituency.
Phil Gray told The Lincolnite: “I am running on the premise that political parties are counter-productive. I am saying that the city will be better served by a representative of the borough rather than a delegate under a party whip.
“I believe people should be treated as equals and that the government are elitist, serving the few, not the many.
“I know that phrase has Labour connotations. I did campaign for Labour for one year. But I was disappointed with New Labour.
“I want to see things change and I want to see a reform of government.
“One of the biggest issues for me is that MPs need to be public servants and I do not agree with huge salary increases.”
He promises to publish his manifesto next week and said he will be bringing his guitar out on the campaign trail.