Independent candidate to stand as Burnley MP at the General Election 2024

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A 23-year-old Independent candidate plans to stand as the Burnley MP.

Mitchell Cryer, an industrial designer for LP Technology Ltd in Padiham, ran for Whittlefield with Ightenhill in last year’s local election as an Independent.

Now he hopes to help reignite Burnley’s industrial heritage with a modern, green makeover as he set his sights on the MP role, with his campaign launching next Thursday.

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"My vision is for the town to be a centre for vocational education. I want to encourage more people to buy [products] from England. When people say re-industrialisation, it’s not about manufacturing cheap goods. I’m not advocating for massive chimneys and black smoke but doing it in a modern, green way, especially in Burnley. It’s about embracing the fact we’re a former industrial town.”

Mitchell Cryer, an industrial designer for LP Technology Ltd in Padiham, is standing to be the Burnley MP in the General Elections 2024.Mitchell Cryer, an industrial designer for LP Technology Ltd in Padiham, is standing to be the Burnley MP in the General Elections 2024.
Mitchell Cryer, an industrial designer for LP Technology Ltd in Padiham, is standing to be the Burnley MP in the General Elections 2024.

That’s why, Mitchell added, he is championing “advanced apprenticeships and hands-on work instead of course work”.

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Also part of his green plan is a mission to improve the general environment like the town’s air quality in order to help protect people’s health and wellbeing and ease the pressure off local healthcare.

He also wants to clean the streets of anti-social behaviour, saying it “is absolutely rife after 8pm in Burnley. Young kids are doing wheelies around the cinema. People have spoken to me about it and they feel it is getting out of hand. I want to give the police the confidence to use their powers to help prosecute people. I also want to inspire underprivileged youths to get into vocational courses to help occupy them.”

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Tackling the housing crisis is another priority on Mitchell’s list but he said: “I don’t think we should be filling up new builds in green spaces. I really believe in protecting the green spaces of Burnley.”

Summing up, he added: “The only person who can put Burnley first is an independent. Other candidates’ number one priority is to their party. I have no PR team or whips, it’s just me, my vision for the town and the people of Burnley. There is no one between me and the residents of Burnley. An independent is a local, not a pre-selected candidate.”