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Could the Prime Minister lose his seat to Elmo?

| blog, General election 2015, L&B World, News | April 12, 2015

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The main party leaders are facing an eclectic range of competitors in their constit(Photo: by Everett/REX Shutterstock (1730113a)nElmonSesame Workshop’s 10h Annual Benefit Gala, New York, America – 30 May 2012nn)

David Cameron is in a fight with a muppet, Ed Miliband is being threatened by a flying brick and Nigel Farage is facing an invasion from the Nation of Ooog.

Meanwhile dear old Nick Clegg is being opposed by a man who shares his surname.

Bizarre candidates, eccentric party names and wacky political manifestos have long been a feature of British elections.

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However if you take a quick glance at this year’s General Election nominations you will see the main party leaders have attracted a flurry of peculiar challengers to their constituency seats.

The Prime Minister is defending his Witney seat against 11 other candidates.

They range from the mainstream Labour, Liberal Democrat, Ukip and Green Party to an angry dad in an Elmo Seasame Street costume.

Candidate Bobby Smith, from Stevenage, is fighting for greater custody of his children and adopted Elmo-the red furry muppet- as his mascot because of a pet name he has for his kids.

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David Cameron and Sesame Street’s Elmo are preparing to go head to head. (Picture: Photo by Beretta/Sims/REX Shutterstock)

He has been camped outside Mr Cameron’s constituency home as part of his campaign.

He’s contesting the poll in the Oxfordshire seat under the party banner ‘Stop emotional child abuse, Vote Elmo’.

Also on the ballot paper in Witney are contenders from the National Health Action Party, the Land Party, the Reduce VAT in Sport Party and the Wessex Regionalists, as well as a couple of independents.

Leader of the opposition, Mr Miliband is in an eight horse race in his Doncaster North constituency.

The oddest challenges come from the Official Monster Raving Loony Party’s Nick The Flying Brick.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Thomas/REX Shutterstock (4448817h)nEd MilibandnLabour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech on the arts at Battersea Arts Centre, London, Britain - 23 Feb 2015nn
Ed hopes to dodge any knock out blows from Nick the Flying brick, representing the Official Monster Raving Loony Party. (Picture by Mark Thomas/REX Shutterstock arts at Battersea Arts Centre)

In addition to the other major parties, the Labour leader is up against the English Democrats and the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will have a less colourful election night in Sheffield Hallam.

There are no candidates with eccentric names or party titles.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg speaks at a press conference outlining Liberal Democrat manifesto spending plans at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, in Westminster, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 12, 2015. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Nick Clegg is hoping his Sheffield supporters read the ballot paper carefully. (Picture: PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

However he could risk losing a few votes to English Democrat candidate Steven Clegg if his supporters don’t check their ballot papers carefully.

In Thanet South Nigel Farage is being taken on by comedy pub landlord Al Murray.

He will also face competition from Nigel Askew from the We are the Reality Party, headed by Happy Mondays dancer-turned reality TV star Bez.

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Bar fight: Farage and Al Murray go head to head. (Picture: by REX Shutterstock)

Farage will also have to fend off competition from Zebadiah Abu-Obadiah, the only candidate put forward by the Al-Zebabist Nation of Ooog.

Their party slogan is ‘to free the Afro-Thanetian Zaliphate from the grips of Broadstagarian and English hegemony’.

Also on the ballot paper in the Kent seat are the Manston Airport Independent Party, the Party for a United Thanet and an independent.

    

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