Clean Up Politics campaigner seeks to challenge candidates

Clean Up Politics campaigner seeks to challenge candidates
A political reform campaigner says he is looking to raise the issue of TD pay cuts with all candidates ahead of the pending general election.

A political reform campaigner says he is looking to raise the issue of TD pay cuts with all candidates ahead of the pending general election.

Tim Jackson, who launched the “Clean Up Politics” petition earlier this summer is calling for TDs to take a pay cut, have all expenses vouched, all pensions kept in line with the national average and an end to funding to political parties.

He says the petition has garnered “thousands” of signatures and that they are looking to step up their campaign when the election race gets officially underway. “It is something I will do nearer the election when all the candidates declare themselves. It will then be a matter of contacting each of them and ask them to adopt these policies, and if not - why not? That will be our approach closer to the time as it is now looking like the election won’t take place until 2016,” he explained.

“It is a case of so far so good but I haven’t had any feedback from any politicians. None of them have gone out of the their ay to contact me. There will come a time when they will react positively to it so we are asking them to adopt these four policy points. It is the perfect time as it often the only time the take voter concerns seriously as they know it might cost them votes if they were to not adopt various policies and I hope we are included this time around,” he added.

He adds the group are seeking more volunteers and can be contacted via Facebook.