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Smeato wants to be an MP


John Smeaton (Smeato), the former baggage handler who helped tackle two suicide bombers at Glasgow Airport in June 2007, announced yesterday that he will contest the parliamentary seat vacated by the ex-Speaker Michael Martin. He will stand as an independent and has the backing of the Jury Team, a political movement launched in March by individuals who are against the current party political system.

John won a gallantry medal from the Queen, plaudits from Prime Minister Gordon Brown and international fame after he helped police when two suicide bombers smashed a jeep loaded with fuel and gas canisters into the airport's entrance, and then appeared on TV, telling a news channel 'We'll ne accept this. This is Glasgow. We'll see about ye.'

He said his decision to stand as an independent candidate for Glasgow North East had been motivated by his anger over MPs' expenses and the domination of the party political system. He told an online broadcast yesterday that he had read with disbelief the level and extent of expense claims made by MPs. He added: ‘I just think in politics now, we the ordinary working people have been taken advantage of by politicians, especially by the political elite. Rather than politicians voting for what they believe in, they vote for what the party tells them, and I think that is wrong.’

Former Speaker Mr Martin became the first speaker in 300 years to be forced out of office in June over his handling of the MPs' expenses scandal. If elected, Smeato said he was going to ‘knock down doors [in Westminster] and make politicians responsible for what they do.’ He will face candidates from all of the main political parties.

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