Senator Paul Bradford likely to contest general election

Independent Senator Paul Bradford says it is “very possible” he will contest a seat in the next general election for his wife Lucinda Creighton’s new party.

Senator Paul Bradford likely to contest general election

Senator Bradford said a number of people have been in contact with the yet-to-be-named party to express an interest in running in his native Cork East constituency.

“Yes, I am interested, but we are inviting people from all over the country to get involved.

“We already have a significant number of people from the constituency of Cork East who have registered as being interested; we have a number of people who have registered as wishing to be considered to be as a candidate, so I certainly have no automatic right,” Senator Bradford told C103fm’s Cork Today programme.

Senator Bradford said that Ireland was in a “new place” politically and that he could not “allow the country to be handed over to extremists or to negativity”.

“In the last general election, the whole word ‘reform’ was central to the debate.

“We were promised a democratic revolution and I knocked on doors asking people to vote for Fine Gael as part of that democratic revolution and, sadly for various reasons, that hasn’t happened,” he said.

He claimed that a number of members of established political parties have expressed an interest in joining the new party.

Fine Gael expelled Senator Bradford from its parliamentary party in July 2013 when he defied the party whip by voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 in the Seanad.

He was first elected to the Dáil in 1989, losing his Cork East seat in 2002. He failed to win a seat in the 2007 general election.

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