An aspiring journalist has dropped out of the race for MP in Mid Beds so that he can concentrate fully on forthcoming exams.
John Guinn, who had put himself forward as a prospective parliamentary candidate for the Whig Party, is soon taking his preliminary examinations in journalism.
He said: “I found that I couldn’t cope with revising and canvassing at the same time.”
Mr Guinn 47, of Tingrith in Beds, has gone back to the classroom for the first time in more than 20 years to embark on a new career with hopes of becoming a travel journalist - he previously ran a holiday firm.
He pulled out of the political race ahead of the deadline last week for candidates to register themselves.
Mr Guinn has his fingers crossed for a hung parliament so that he can have another punt at the seat later this year.
“I know I’m clutching at straws but you never know,” he said.
The Whig Party was founded in 1678 and is attempting to make an unexpected comeback into British politics. The party promises to offer voters a fresh choice.
Standing in Mid Beds are Conservative Nadine Dorries, Gareth Ellis for the Green Party, Liberal Democrat Linda Jack, Independent Tim Ireland, Labour’s Charlynne Pullen, Nigel Wicken for UKIP and Ann Kelly from the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.