Martin Bell won’t stand at next General Election

Martin Bell, the former BBC war correspondent, will not be standing for a seat in the next General Election, The Linc can reveal.

Martin Bell will not be fighting for a seat in the next General Election. Photo: Anneka James

In an interview with The Linc, Bell confirmed that he would not be competing for a constituency seat, but he will be helping some independent candidates.

He famously defeated former Tory MP Neil Hamilton for the Cheshire seat of Tatton at the 1997 General Election, off the back of an anti-sleaze in politics campaign. After serving one term, he went on to fight for the Brentwood and Ongar seat in Essex against Tory MP Eric Pickles, but lost.

Bell fuelled speculation over whether he would stand in the upcoming election in the wake of the MPs expenses scandal by saying he was “undecided” last year. It had been suggested that he stand against Labour’s Hazel Blears for the Salford seat.

In the interview, he said that he is optimistic that we could see a repeat of Bell’s success as an independent in 1997: “Tatton […] was a people’s insurrection against an MP they really disliked and distrusted, and I think we’re going to get more of the same in 2010.”


2 Responses to Martin Bell won’t stand at next General Election

  1. Debbie Baldwin says:

    I am very disappointed to learn of Martin Bell not standing at the 2010 General ELection as I believed he was going to.

    I would be very interested to hear of which Independant Parties he is helping.

  2. Year 10 students at JFS, London says:

    Having studied Martin Bell’s article ‘War is a Bad Taste Business’ for GCSE English prep, we are disappointed that he is not standing for this election. We wish you luck. PS: We love your white suit.