John Wilson announced his decision on Twitter last night not to run for election in the county council elections.
Mr Wilson has led the battle to stop the bus station being demolished, gathering hundreds of signatures in petitions and speaking at council meetings.
Official – Stood down as Candidate to Preston North East. Conflict of interest. Was asked not to engage with media and public on #BusStation
— John Wilson (@pneGianni) January 12, 2013
Mr Wilson, who would have been the Labour candidate and lives in Fulwood, told the Lancashire Evening Post: “The reason I’m standing down is because it is a conflict of interests. I’m going against what the Labour group are doing at the moment (on the station).
“I’m walking away from something I hold dear but if I am knocking on doors and people ask about the bus station, I cannot say to the Labour group I will not engage with the public, because I do.”
The decision by Mr Wilson drew a reaction from Preston City Council leader Peter Rankin.
A campaigner battling to save Preston Bus Station has pulled out of standing for election in May.
@pnegianni Sad John – you were very hard working/enthusiastic. But too much BS – diversion from County campaign.
— Peter Rankin (@pcc_leader) January 12, 2013