The popular comic from Buckinghamshire has announced he will stand as The Pub Landlord for the Free United Kingdom Party in the South Thanet constituency in Kent
Comedian Al Murray of Stewkley in the Aylesbury Vale district says he intends to stand for Parliament at the general election - against UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
The popular comic, 48, today announced he will stand as The Pub Landlord for the Free United Kingdom Party in the South Thanet constituency in Kent.
Explaining his decision to stand, Al said: “It seem to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around, offering common sense solutions.”
His comment will not be lost on many of those familiar with Mr Farage who is often pictured during impromptu lunchtime photocalls with a drink in his hand in a pub.
A website set up for the FUKP features a picture of Al holding a pint outside the Houses of Parliament.
It states: “The other parties offer the moon on a stick. We’ll do better than that: A British Moon on a British stick.”
Murray, whose no-nonsense comic persona is one of the nation’s best-loved comedians, took to Twitter to announce his candidacy.
A spokesman for the funnyman, of Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, confirmed it is a real bid for power.
The logo of FUKP is highly reminiscent of the UKIP logo.
The comic tweeted: “I, @almurray The Pub Landlord, intend to stand in the general election for the constituency of South Thanet as part of the Free UK Party.”
UKIP leader Nigel Farage is also standing in South Thanet. Tory Laura Sandys has been the MP for the constituency since 2010.
Mr Farage’s team appeared unconcerned about the threat posed by The Pub Landlord.
A spokesman for the Ukip leader said: “At last, serious competition in the constituency.”
Tony Pearson, landlord of The Bellevue in Ramsgate, part of South Thanet, fully supports Murray’s bid.
He said: “I think it’s an outstanding idea. Publicans know best - we’re always putting the world to rights.
"I think he’ll do better than the MPs we have. It’s fantastic.”
Local landlord Debbie Barnett, of the Racing Greyhound in Barnet in Ramsgate, said: “I think he’s very funny.
“He’s been here a couple of times, he lives in Faversham. I’m not sure which way I’m going to vote. It’s difficult.”
His decision to stand comes two years after fellow comic Simon Brodkin - known for his character Lee Nelson - handed in nomination papers to stand in a by-election at South Shields, for David Miliband’s former seat. He went on to withdraw later the same day.
Earlier this week the Happy Mondays dancer Bez - whose real name is Mark Berry - launched his own political bid as he confirmed his plans to stand for election for his Reality Party in Salford.
The Al Murray manifesto
• The pound in your pocket
The pound will be revalued at one pound 10p, so it will now be worth 10p more. Common sense.
• The NHS
If you come to A&E and it’s neither an accident nor an emergency then you will be sent to a random hospital department to be practised on. Common sense.
• Foreign Policy
Germany has been too quiet for too long. Just saying.
Of course the reason they are coming here is because this is the greatest country in the world.
The only way to stop them is for a government to change that and make things a whole lot worse. Look no further.
However, in the meantime, we brick up the Channel Tunnel. With British bricks.
Probably have to get some Poles in to do it. Common sense.
I believe the children are the future and there’s no way you’ll get me knocking teachers.
Teachers are on the front line, coalface. Doing their bit to create a level playing field for our kids, although I’m not sure they’re going about it the right way by making sure none of the kids can read and write.
So instead of a postcode lottery a new improved Street Raffle will determine which schools your kids get in to. Common sense.
Alex Salmond to be made First Minister for Norwich, so he can get to understand what being ignored by the rest of the country is really like. Common sense.
I pledge that the UK will leave Europe by 2025 and the edge of the Solar System by 2050. Common market sense.
In the meantime Greece to be bought and operated by Kent County Council. Couldn’t be worse. Someone to do the bins at least.
• The environment
Boris Johnson to be put on an island. He keeps saying that’s what he wants.
• Corporations and Globalisation
Blah blah blah blah blah paradigm blah blah blah, blah blah dialectic blah blah blah blah blah blah game-changer.
• Homes for hard working families
Build some houses but without bringing down house prices. How hard can it be?
National Service, but only for people who don’t want to do it.
• Law and Order
Unemployment causes crime: I propose to lock up the unemployed. Common sense.
• On Local Issues
South Thanet to be made the new capital of the UK. Demilitarised zone to set-up between North and South Thanet.