Ex-pitman’s election vow to donate half of salary

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A FORMER miner standing as an independent in the Barnsley Central by-election has pledged to give half his salary to charity if he wins.

Tony Devoy said he will donate the cash to local voluntary groups and Help for Heroes, for wounded troops.

The 56-year-old father of five is unemployed but his first job was as a miner at Grime-thorpe pit and more recently he worked with a company providing catering on film sets, including Robin Hood.

Mr Devoy polled 610 votes against the 17,487 won by disgraced former MP Eric Illsley at the 2010 General Election,

But he said: “My commitment to give away half the salary has struck a chord with voters because the local average wage in Barnsley is only £12,000 to £15,000.

“People say politicians are all in it for what they can get. Dan Jarvis, Labour’s candidate, is a nice guy but a lot of people don’t like the fact he’s not local, whereas I was born in the town and have more in common with people here.”

Mr Jarvis was campaigning yesterday with shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy.

n Candidates: Dominic Carman, Lib Dem; Jane Collins, UKIP; Enis Dalton, BNP; Tony Devoy, Ind; James Hockney, Conservative; Howling Laud Hope, Monster Raving Loony; Dan Jarvis, Lab; Kevin Riddiough, English Dems; Michael Val Davies, Independent.