An estate agent has left his job to stand as a candidate in the constituency where housing minister Gavin Barwell is up for re-election.
Don Locke, 26, will campaign on housing issues.
He handed in his notice from his job, apparently at Northwood, in Dulwich, London, and lodged his £500 deposit in order to run as an independent in Croydon Central where he lives.
Locke, who has long wanted to run for Parliament, told his local paper that he could have waited until 2020 for the opportunity, but felt he did not want to wait that long.
He told the paper that as an estate agent he “was fleecing people”.
He said: “I liked what I was doing and I was essentially helping people spend more money on housing that they didn’t have – that’s what I was employed for.
“Something had to give. I thought ‘you know what, it’s only going to cost me £500 to get on to the hustings’.
“I am not going to win, obviously I’m not going to win, that’s not my aim.
“£500 is a worthwhile sacrifice if I can help the people around me and the people of Croydon. People are suffering – it is one of the most under-privileged boroughs in the area.”