Meet Market Rasen’s ‘Red Prince’

David Prescott in Market Rasen EMN-150201-104700001
David Prescott in Market Rasen EMN-150201-104700001

The Labour general election campaign for Rasen candidate David Prescott has already become a family affair with dad Lord (John) Prescott already visiting Market Rasen.

But the PR man and former BBC journalist insists: “I’m my own man, not my old man.”

“I’ve built my career by myself and always did politics and campaigning as a passion not a profession,” continued the 44-year-old.

However, the former deputy prime minister is likely to return to Rasen.

“I’m sure he’d like to help as I spent 10 elections campaigning for him. His advice is invaluable, especially with his experience in regeneration, transport, housing and regional development- all of them big issues facing the constituency and central Lincolnshire.”

David Prescott’s campaign may also include Alan Johnson and Andy Burnham, who backed him to become Labour’s candidate for the Gainsborough seat.

“Hopefully, they’ll come down along with my old flat mate Dennis Skinner. I like to feel I learnt a lot for Dennis: to stand up for those in need, challenge authority and argue your case with passion and simplicity.”

David Prescott said he received a warm welcome from Rasen residents during his Christmas visit and he is “particularly impressed” with MR BIG.

“Those businesses know that only by collaborating together to campaign for Rasen will they give the town a sustainable future. Labour has pledged to cut business rates and then freeze them for small firms. But I’d like to see the council do more,” he said.

“We also need to preserve the free parking in Rasen and encourage more tourists.”

David Prescott, who lives near Saxilby, said he backs the Central Lincolnshire District Plan, but not the 230 homes planned for his village.

On national issues, he accepts the previous Labour government underestimated the number of European immigrants coming to Lincolnshire, but blames firms for low pay, adding the country must move away from being a low-skill, low wage economy. Britain must also spend more on the NHS, saying a Mansion Tax will generate £3Bn a year for it. Labour will also build 200,000 houses a year by 2020.

The father-of-two said he will run his own race and not worry about other candidates.

“But if elected, I would be a full-time MP with no outside directorships or second jobs,” he said.

“I think after 32 years in any job, you’re bound to be set in your ways. I want to offer a fresh start, a new vigour and a full-time commitment to take the constituency forward.”