Leicester Conservative councillor quits party to run as independent

Councillor Nags Agath
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A city councillor has quit his party to run as an independent candidate for the Leicester East seat in the upcoming General Election. Nags Agath was elected as a Conservative member of Leicester City Council at the local elections last May.

He has now announced he has quit the party and will be sitting as an independent councillor. He has also joined the race to be the next MP in Leicester East.

He will be going up against Claudia Webbe, who won the seat at the last general election in 2019, and Keith Vaz who held it for 32 years prior to that. Coun Agath said he has been “urged to stand” by local people and feels the constituency needs “a strong, independent voice in Parliament”.

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He also criticised the national party’s selection process, saying they have “dumped candidates” on local members. A spokesman for the local party said: “Coun Nags Agath has decided to stand in the General Election as an independent candidate, he has therefore left the Conservative Party.

"We are focused on the General Election and ensuring that our beloved city is represented by a party that cares for its people and encourages investment in local businesses to create new jobs and opportunities.”

The local party also expressed support for its Leicester East candidate Shivani Raja, saying: “Shivani is an experienced businesswoman and community leader, having over a decade of experience working with multi-national organisations before starting her own business in Leicester.

"She understands what Leicester needs and is a clean break from a series of career politicians.”

Coun Agath said: “Leicester East has been deprived of good representation and it deserves an MP who is local, who lives in the constituency, who looks after the peoples interest and serves them. The Conservative Party has chosen inexperienced candidates [who have] been dumped on [us] against the wishes of the local Conservative Party members of Leicester East.

“A lot of people and members have urged me to stand and give a true representation to the people of Leicester East. Therefore, I [have] put my name forward and I intend to serve them with dedication.

“I urge everyone to come out and support me and I assure the Leicester East people that your voice will be heard and your concerns are addressed. My goal is to win your hearts and trust by working relentlessly for our community's betterment.

“That is why I am standing as an independent candidate. I believe that our community needs a strong, independent voice in the Parliament - someone who truly understands our needs and will fight for us. Your vote is your voice."

Also running for the seat are Rajesh Agrawal for Labour, Zuffar Haq for the Liberal Democrats, Mags Lewis for the Green Party, Shivani Raja for the Conservative Party, Raj Solanki for Reform UK, Keith Vaz for One Leicester and Claudia Webbe as an Independent.

You can find a list of the candidates who have so far declared they are standing here. A breakdown of the changes to constituencies can be found here.