Bristol mayor candidate Craig Clarke stands down
Another independent candidate due to stand in the Bristol mayor elections has backed down.
Craig Clarke, who was going to stand for the "state educated party", said on Twitter that he was "out of the election".
The 39-year-old added that he was now backing Green party candidate Daniella Radice and Sue Mountstevens for the police commissioner.
He said: "I'm backing Daniella if she doesnt mind. And Mrs Mountstephens for PCC. We can all vote female then."
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The move comes a day after cafe worker Eric Mutch, who was going to change his name to Corrupt Thieving Lying B'stard, said he could not afford the £500 deposit to be a candidate as well as the £750 to be included in an election brochure which is being produced by the city council.
He said that as as unconditional basic income was in the national manifesto of the Green Party, he also suggested any of his voters could support mayoral candidate Daniella Radice.
Ms Radice has welcomed their support. She said: "The green manifesto for Bristol lays out many radical yet credible options for supporting vulnerable people in our city and opposing cuts. I represent an alternative to a three party system and a new way of thinking that could see Bristol put environmental and social justice at the heart of every decision that it makes."
Earlier this month Mr Clarke, of no fixed address, admitted smoking cannabis at Bristol Crown Court and also pleaded guilty to having 0.6 grams of the Class B drug at College Green on May 5. He was fined £100, with £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.