A madcap politician who has split from the Official Monster Raving Loony Party has launched a new party ahead of May’s general election.
Lord Toby Jug, of The Eccentric Party of Great Britain believes his party should be given airtime on TV general election debates and is also willing to go into coalition with another party.
“We should be invited to the TV debate because although we are a small party, so are the Liberal Democrats,” Lord Toby, who describes himself as the “UK’s number one eccentric”, said.
“I would be willing to go into coalition with another party and I would like to join up with the Green Party. We could be the Green Teeth Party.”
Lord Toby, whose original name was Brian Borthwick but has now changed his name by deed poll, launched his election campaign from a boat in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
“We will be looking for the eccentric vote, there are lots of eccentrics in this area,” he said.
“The other parties are in the centre, left or right but we dance to the beat of our own drum. We are the only official alternative vote. I think it will be a switch to eccentricity come the General Election.”
Lord Toby, who was guitarist in the band of Loony Party’s late founder Screaming Lord Sutch, decided to leave the party last year.
It's Sutch a shame my late friend and party leader Screaming Lord Sutch is no longer with us, his spirit will live on in me and my new party— Lord Toby Jug (@LordTobyJug) January 8, 2015
Sutch, who died in 1999, gave Lord Toby his nickname because his rotund appearance reminded him of a Toby Jug.
Lord Toby went out on a motor boat to tell voters about his policies, which include luminous lampposts so people are safe at night and putting super-glue in lip balm to reduce obesity.
His other wacky ideas include fitting mobile phones with a slot meter to increase fitness, to have a working day of eight hours of spare time, eight hours of rest and eight hours of sleep. He also wants to nationalise public toilets and cap dental charges.
After announcing he would launch his own party last year, Lord Toby came up with 30 to 40 potential names, many of which were rejected by the Electoral Commission for being too similar to other parties.
But after officially registering The Eccentric Party of Great Britain, Lord Toby Jug hopes to split votes across the country and is considering standing for the Huntingdon seat in a bid to split the Ukip and Conservative vote.
Members of the party will be able to vote for policies via its website.
Lord Toby stood for the Loony Party against Tony Banks in east London in 1992 and 1997, against former Tory leader Michael Howard in 2005 and has also stood in Cambridgeshire County Council elections.
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