Meet the 80-year-old granddad running to become Hartlepool’s MP

John Hobbs who is standing in the 2015 general election as MP for Hartlepool
John Hobbs who is standing in the 2015 general election as MP for Hartlepool

A HARTLEPOOL granddad wants to be the town’s MP to challenge and seek answers from authorities.

Retired engineer John Neville Hobbs is 80 years old and lives in Hartlepool.

The pensioner says he has been “fobbed off” by all types of Government authorities over the years, on different subjects, and would like to change that.

The dad-of-three and grandad-of-seven, who has specific interests in autism and vaccinations, has listed for the General Election as Independent – Tell It Like It Is, said: “I decided fairly recently that I wanted to stand for MP, but it’s been in my mind for a long, long time.

“My grandson is autistic and it doesn’t matter what we ask for we can never get the answers we want, we are just fobbed off.

“And this isn’t just about autism, this is right across the board. It doesn’t matter which Government department you appeal to, you cannot get the help you need. You simply get swept aside.”

He added: “It’s something I feel very passionately about and more should be done to change this. The authorities should be held to account and not be allowed to wriggle out of things.

“If I was elected I would do my utmost to change how things are and make it easier for people to get the help they need and the answers they want.”

Other candidates for the General Election in Hartlepool are:

•Sandra Allison, Your Vote Could Save Our Hospital;

•Hilary Allen, Liberal Democrats;

•Phillip Broughton, UKIP;

•Michael Holt, Green;

•Stephen Picton, Independent;

•Richard Mark Royal, Conservatives;

•Iain David Wright, Labour.