A man affectionately dubbed 'Uncle Sam' by youngsters is standing for parliament as an independent to battle against tuition fees, youth unemployment and poverty.
Sam Akaki launched his campaign to win the new Ealing Central and Acton constituency this week, backed by former BBC journalist and one-time independent MP, Martin Bell, plus a team of loyal supporters.
Mr Akaki, a Ugandan immigrant who has lived in Acton for 25 years, chose to stand for election after becoming disullusioned with the mainstream parties following the MP expense abuses which were revealed last year.
'Uncle Sam' vows that his word is his bond, adding: "It has been a difficult choice to stand as an Independent as I could have sat with a magnifying glass and seen who is likely to win but this is a matter of principal.
"What we in the UK used to call 'my word' is no longer applicable today with shift and spin to suit and match the latest opinion poll such as with the 10p tax, the 42 day detention for suspected terrorists, whether the Iraq Inquiry should be held in private, cutting university tuition fees and providing free child care.
"We are in the worst economic crises for 60 years and we can't afford to replace Trident when here, in Ealing and Acton, the main hospital is threatened with the closure of three key departments and we need £5 billion to help save hospitals.
"Unemployment is rising and in Ealing I see qualified students who are not likely to get university places and this leads to joblessness and homelessness. The choice in this election is not between Labour, Conservatives or Liberal Democrats but between three basic values."
The father-of-two feels party-affiliated MPs do not vote by conscience, but what the party wishes and as an Independent, he would not be accountable to a political party, but to his constituents, the people of Ealing and Acton.
He added: "Regardless of age, gender, ethnic background, I'm well placed to represent this constituency."
The other candidates contesting the seat are Angie Bray for the Conservatives, Bassam Mahfouz (Labour), Jon Ball (Liberal Democrat), and Sarah Edwards (Green Party).