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,
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.”