Bernie Sanders' brother running for UK parliament seat

Bernie Sanders' brother running for UK parliament seat

The brother of former US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he's running for the seat in Parliament vacated by former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bernie Sanders, a Vermont senator who describes himself as a democratic socialist, lost out to Hillary Clinton in a hotly contested campaign for the Democratic nomination in the USA presidential race.

The former prime minister announced he was stepping down as MP for Witney earlier this month, saying he did not want to be a "distraction" to Theresa May's government.

"The major political parties are in disarray".

The 81-year old Mr Larry Sanders - not to be confused with the USA comedian of the same name - is now the health spokesman for the Green party, which has only one MP. On a local level, he has campaigned in support of Witney and Horton hospitals, but also wants to highlight the pressure that social care is under nationally, and opposes the privatisation of social care and the NHS.

Larry has previously contested polls as a candidate in the neighbouring Oxford West and Abingdon constituency for the Green Party in 2015, where he finished in fifth place.

"The policies of the last 30 years, shifting resources and power from the majority to the richest, culminated in the illegality and greed which crashed the economy in 2008". "In Britain, as in the U.S., we have had an increase in inequality in the last 30 years, and that's having all sorts of consequences", he said. "We don't want unmet health needs to increase when we already have too few doctors, nurses, and hospital beds", he said.

UK-based Larry Sanders, 82, will represent the Green Party in the race for former British PM David Cameron's seat.

However, unless Mr Sanders manages to inject a degree of left-wing activism into the conservative stronghold of Witney, it is unlikely he'll be in the House of Commons in four weeks' time.

"This is a rich, capable and decent country", he said. "We can do better".

He'll be up against Robert Courts, the 37-year-old Tory candidate for the seat.

Courts, a barrister and local councillor on West Oxfordshire District Council, said he was "honoured" by his party's decision.

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