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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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