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Olympic gold medalist rower James Cracknell wants to become a Conservative MEP for the South West!

Sunday, 2 June 2013
Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell OBE has revealed to the Sunday Telegraph that he is seeking to become a Conservative member of the European Parliament for the South West region in next year's European elections.

Mr Cracknell, left, who won Olympic Gold medals in the coxless fours in Athens in 2004 and Sydney in 2000, was hit from behind by a petrol tanker in July 2010, during an attempt to cycle, row, run and swim from Los Angeles to New York in 16 days.

The crash left him with an injury to the frontal lobes of his brain, which govern personality. He has dismissed concerns this would affect his ability to hold public office and hopes to bring the skills he has learnt from sport to achieve a better deal for Britain in the EU.

He was appointed OBE for services to sport in the 2004 New Year Honours List.


Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Cracknell said: "People will ask am I capable to do it after my accident. I ask myself that, but I don't want to live in a society where people impose ceilings on you. We should not be setting ourselves those sorts of limits."

"I just want to go for it and see it through. If I make a bad politician so be it, but it could quite easily be that I would have made a bad politician before the accident."

On his motivations for standing, Mr Cracknell said: “if you want the system to change you have to be part of it. There's no point moaning from the sidelines."

How very true, best of luck James!

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