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Crossman is in the race for the Davies seat

Rayners Lane resident Herbert Crossman has thrown his name into the hat to contest the controversial by-election in Haltemprice and Howden next Thursday.

Rayners Lane resident Herbert Crossman has thrown his name into the hat to contest the controversial by-election in Haltemprice and Howden next Thursday.

The election was triggered by the sitting Conservative MP, and former shadow Home Secretary, David Davies, as a protest against anti-terrorism laws allowing 42 days suspension of terror suspects.

Now Mr Crossman and 25 others are vying for the seat in what is believed to be the highest number of candidates to stand in a by-election.

The 60-year-old, of Alexandra Avenue, said: "There are more important things in life than the 42 day terror law, and there are better ways of going about making a point than wasting the electorate's time and money.

"People are struggling to live, what with the ever rising cost of living, petrol prices and the credit crunch.

"I agree that 42 days is too long. Two days is too long to hold someone who is innocent, but this is not what people are most concerned about.

"I will listen to the people's views; I'm not bound by the strings of party politics that determines what you care about. I care about the people."

Mr Crossman, who ran most recently as an independent in the Marlborough ward by-election, also said he would fight to improve protection against flooding.

This area of Humberside was badly affected last year.

Having hit the canvassing trail already he said he was alredy encouraged by some positive feedback.

He added: "A lot of the people I have spoken to have heard nothing from any of the other candidates and I think it is pretty clear the majority are running on a gimmick.

"People are just tired of MPs doing the job to feather their own nests.

"The only time you ever hear from them is when they are fighting an election, then that's it.

"I'm not interested in doing it for publicity or money I just want to make a difference."

He now faces competition from as many as 13 other independents, including Miss Great Britain winner Gemma Garrett and the Monster Raving Loony Party's Mad Cow Girl.

Neither Labour nor the Liberal Democrats have put up a candidate for the seat, which has been held by Mr Davies since 1997.

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