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Industry figures take to the hustings

A handful of figures from financial services are set to seek election as

MPs, including leading investment IFA Jason Hollands.

Best Invest deputy managing director Jason Hollands is contesting the safe

Labour seat of Hornsey and Wood Green in North London for the Conservatives.

Another standing on the Tory ticket is Equitable Life pensions

administrator Philip Cochrane in the marginal seat of Stafford.

Also for the Tories, Andrew Griffith is contesting the seat of Corby,

Northamptonshire. He is a corporate finance advi-ser for Rothschilds and

Sons. Towers Perrin actuary Julian Leigh faces a difficult task standing

against Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon in the constituency of Ashfield,

Nottinghamshire.

Scottish Widows administrator Richard Thomson is standing as an SNP

candidate for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale.

Financial services and political lobbyist Jim Boyd of PR company

Consolidated is standing as Conservative candidate for the safe Labour seat

of Sunderland South.

Hollands says: “Like all IFAs should, I have a good head for figures, and

an understanding of tax and a good understanding of the economy. So I will

have a better understanding than most, especially of the major issue of our

appallingly low savings ratio. Keeping the pound and setting interest rates

for ourselves rather than for what suits Europe as a whole is vital.”

Jackson Consultancy managing director Ralph Jackson says: “Despite there

not being many candidates from financial services, issues from the

financial services arena are likely to be at the forefront.”

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