Larry Sanders announces his bid for a parliament seat and the story has people talking. The move comes just months after he watched his younger brother, Senator Bernie Sanders, campaign vigorously against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic party nomination for president.
Both Sanders brothers were born in New York, went to high school and attended universities in America. However, in the late 1960s, Larry Sanders left the United States and moved to Great Britain where he taught at the University of West London then at Oxford.
Sanders has spent his entire career advocating for better mental health care for people who need it and a more affordable education system.
The Sanders are very politically invested in their countries. In the 1980s, Sanders became a member of the Labour Party, but in 2001, he resigned because he felt uncomfortable with the direction that Tony Blair was taking them.
Sanders and his son, Jacob, are members of the Green Party. This week, Larry Sanders was chosen by his party to run for the seat left open by David Cameron, the former prime minister, in the British Parliament.
As the nominee of the Green Party, Mr. Sanders, 82, will take part on October 20 in a special election in the constituency of Witney. Sanders is not expected to win.
Robert Courts, a 37-year-old attorney from the Conservative Party, is supposed to win Mr. Cameron’s seat. Mr. Sanders knows that he will not win, but wants to make his voice heard. He said:
“The major political parties are in disarray. The policies of the last 30 years, shifting resources and power from the majority to the richest, culminated in the illegality and greed which crashed the economy in 2008. This is a rich, capable and decent country. We can do better.”
Larry Sanders and Bernie Sanders shared a tear-jerking moment at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. Larry Sanders, who is a delegate representing Democrats who live abroad, cast a vote for the senator from Vermont and spoke about their parents who died very young.
Larry Sanders said that his parents – Elias Sanders and Dorothy Sanders – had many relatives who were killed in the Holocaust and they would have been very proud of their son.