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23/05/2009 - Britons to fight against corrupt town halls in European elections



They are demanding action over illegal construction, crooked mayors and the ‘land grab’ law.


On top of that, the pair – who stand for the CDL (or Centro Democratico Liberal) in Spain - want an end to bogus bank guarantees, fraud and above all, compensation for buyers whose homes have been ruled as illegal and knocked down.


O’Curneen Cañas, who is half Irish and half Spanish, has lived much of his life in Madrid, but studied in London as an astrophysicist.


Top of the CDL’s list in Spain, he has worked for the BBC and for the past four years has been based in Brussels.


Briton Jacqueline Cotterill, a long time resident of Spain and currently deputy-mayor of Parcent (Alicante), is fourth on the list and hopeful of also being elected.


Jacqueline works closely with anti property abuse association AUN.


The CDL is the Spanish arm of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), which is the Union’s third largest political force, with 100 MEPs.