Al Murray hands in election papers

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Published: Wednesday 8th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Comedian and budding MP Al Murray will hand in his nomination papers today as he bids to stand against Ukip leader Nigel Farage in the general election.

Murray, in his guise as the Pub Landlord, will submit his paperwork at Thanet District Council’s offices in Margate, Kent.

The 46-year-old comic plans to stand against Mr Farage in South Thanet for his newly-formed Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP).

Oxford-educated Murray launched an action plan in January, which included a pledge that the UK will leave Europe by 2025 “and the edge of the Solar System by 2050”.

He has also had ideas on law and order, with a promise to tackle crime by locking up all unemployed people.

On immigration, Murray plans to stop people reaching the shores of “the greatest country in the world” by bricking up the Channel Tunnel – with British bricks and using Polish labour.

In a further bid to win over wavering voters, he has promised to introduce “1p a pint”, although “crisps will remain at the current price”.

Murray’s election campaign has had its hiccups.

Last month, he hoped to parachute 12,000ft into Kent following a jibe by Mr Farage that he had been parachuted in to fight the South Thanet seat.

But when Murray arrived at Headcorn Aerodrome near Ashford, he learned that he was too heavy to jump – and the stunt had to be axed.

Mr Farage has vowed to quit as Ukip leader if he fails to win South Thanet, which the Conservatives won from Labour at the previous election in 2010.

Published: Wednesday 8th April 2015 by The News Editor

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