LBC's Iain Dale quits radio and runs for MP to 'restore honesty in politics'

lbc's iain dale quits radio and runs for mp to 'restore honesty in politics'

Iain Dale

LBC's Iain Dale has announced he plans to stand as an MP in the General Election. The radio presenter bid farewell to listeners on Tuesday (May 28).

He said: "Now I am putting my hat in the ring again... Whatever the result I feel I can play a role in restoring trust and honesty in politics. I would forever kick myself if I didn't have a go."

It hasn't been confirmed which party's banner Dale intends to stand under or if he will enter the ring as an independent.

He previously stood for the Tories and was beaten into second place in North Norfolk by Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb at the 2005 General Election.

In that vote, Dale gained 20,909 votes with a 35.5 percent share of the vote, compared to Lamb's 31,515 votes and 53.4 percent vote share.

Dale was also Chief of Staff to David Davis in the Conservative Party leadership campaign of 2005, which saw Lord David Cameron elected party leader.

The political commentator also previously applied to become the Conservative candidate for the safe seat of Maidstone and The Weald and ran for selection for the Conservative safe seat of Bracknell.

In a Telegraph opinion piece published on Tuesday Dale said Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer's preoccupation with approaching the General Election as the most safety-oriented politician would eventually bore voters.

He wrote: "It's all very well being cautious, but surely you can't go through an entire campaign, say nothing, and expect to be rewarded for it.

"Safety first will have its appeal, but if your campaign slogan is 'Change' then you do have to be able to explain what you want to change to and how you're going to achieve it."

lbc's iain dale quits radio and runs for mp to 'restore honesty in politics'

Norman Lamb at the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 4

Dale told his listeners on Tuesday: "You know how much politics means to me. And if you've listened for any length of time, you know I always had two ambitions in life. One was to be a radio presenter and the other was to be an MP.

"Last time I tried, the electorate fought back, but now I am putting my hat in the ring again to be a candidate at the General Election.

"Whatever the result of this election, I feel I can play a role in restoring trust and honesty in politics. There are no guarantees I will be selected, let alone elected, but I know I would forever kick myself if I didn't at least have a go."

He added that even if listeners didn't share his politics, he hoped at least that his decision was something they could respect.

Dale joined LBC in 2010, going on to present four LBC General Election Night shows, two US Presidential Election shows, Scottish and Brexit referendum night shows and the station's evening show.

Broadcasting rules in the UK mean General Election candidates aren't allowed to present radio shows.

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