Robin Ellison, a pension lawyer at Pinsent Masons LLP, author of pension law textbooks, visiting professor and former chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds, is looking to add member of Parliament to his list of credentials.
Mr. Ellison is standing in the Hampstead & Kilburn constituency for the U Party in the U.K.'s 2015 general election. Current MP, actress Glenda Jackson, is not running for re-election.
The U Party's platform is based largely on issues around pensions and policy. The U Party wants to simplify how the U.K. taxes pension benefits and how workplace pension funds are regulated, and wants a freeze on new regulations “for 10 years while the system recovers.”
In a news release accompanying the platform, the U Party labels the U.K. private pension system “as significantly dysfunctional largely, but not only, because of the unintended consequences of excessive regulation.”
Mr. Ellison was set to run for election in 2010, but withdrew before the U.K. went to the polls. However, the party's 2010 proposals for reform of the state pension system in the U.K. were “adopted almost word for word by the coalition government,” he said in a news release accompanying the party's platform.
The U.K. goes to the polls May 7 to vote in what is expected to be the tightest election yet.