Ian Bone has put his hat into the ring with the Class War Party to take on the constituency which, until last month, was represented by Tory MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind who stepped down over the ‘cash for access’ scandal.
The 67-year-old self-confessed anarchist’s policies range from giving constituents a holiday every other day to a 50% mansion tax in the hope it will push all the wealthy people out of the area.
He is hoping to drum up support from the “arty” people who used to epitomise the area, such as members of The Clash, after he was supported by the late Joe Strummer during a Kensington by-election in 1987, which he lost.
Mr Bone is the author of Bash the Rich, made infamous after he organised a promotional march of the same name through Notting Hill where he claimed he would march on Prime Minister David Cameron’s house.
He told getwestlondon: “I think there’s a huge class divide in the constituency, with people living in serious deprivation in North Kensington and then all the rich people have taken over the rest of Kensington. We’re going to try and use that divide to pull all the old musos who made Notting Hill and get them to support us.
“The Tories and Labour are the same in Kensington so we’ll be something different.
“If I’m voted in I’d kick all the rich people out and put in a 50% mansion tax on the rich people’s homes to fund pensions and double everybody’s benefits.
“I’d also give everyone a holiday every other day.”
And does he think he’s in with a chance of swaying the good people of Kensington into voting for him?
“Oh goodness no,” he added. “I don’t have a chance in hell of being voted in but I’ll cause havoc in Kensington in the run-up to the election.
“The constituency’s in for a big surprise. We’re going to have music in the streets and it’s going to be very lively.”
The Conservative Party has not yet selected a candidate to replace Sir Malcolm Rifkind.
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