Andrew Brown, the owner of Crow Wood Leisure Club has entered the race for MP of Burnley according to a leaflet that I have seen by the candidate, his website and overall the media coverage Andrew Brown is getting for this announcement. Personally I think Andrew being a candidate in this race will make things interesting, if not very different.
D'Souza who is meant to be the favourite from the Labour camp has promised to give half of his salary to charity every year, Mr Brown the Independent has claimed that he will give his first year salary to charity and on both cases I think it's just stupid commitments.
Everyone knows both Brown and D'Souza are wealthy men, but will that help their cause? I don't think it will, if I lived in Burnley and was a dissatisfied voter I wouldn't vote the pair of them. Promising to give money to charity shouldn't be a way to gather trust, trust can be gathered by showing that you are local, know the issues of the people and are different to the other candidates.
Who ever Burnley elects, who ever any other constituency elects at the next general election will have to make sure they claim well within the limits and don't over spend the publics’ money? Its one thing scamming the tax payer its another when the scammed money goes into the pocket of family members who are on the pay roll, hopefully the proposed reforms will stop this happening.
So who will win Burnley in my view? I still believe Burnley will be won along with Pendle by the Lib Dems, I think Brown will give a fight that could push Labour into third with the Tories getting a poor fourth place.