A former mental health nurse and union activist has given up the chance of challenging for a seat in parliament, after becoming disenchanted with the coalition government’s approach to NHS pay.
In February David Harding-Price was selected by the Liberal Democrats as their candidate to challenge for the parliamentary seat of Lincoln in the general election next May.
However, on 1 October, Mr Harding-Price issued a statement in which he announced his decision to stand down.
Among his reasons, he cited the “failure by MPs to support nurses in providing them with a pay rise while continuing to give themselves well above the rate of inflation pay rises”.
He also noted family reasons, increasing UK involvement in the conflict with IS and poor turnouts in general elections as playing a factor in his decision not to stand as the Lib Dem’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Lincoln.
Mr Harding-Price retired from the NHS in 2012 after 30 years in mental health nursing. He continues to work occasionally as an independent nurse consultant on a freelance basis.
He is currently the RCN council member for the East Midlands.
“I will continue to speak up for people as an individual and as the council member and honorary treasurer of the Royal College of Nursing,” he said.
The current MP for Lincoln is Conservative Karl McCartney, who took the seat from Labour in the 2010 general election. The Liberal Democrats were third.