Pub Landlord, Al Murray has confirmed his intention to stand against the beer loving UKIP leader Nigel Farage in the South Thanet constituency in the May general election. Murray confirmed on Twitter that his nomination papers were submitted this morning (8/4/14).
The comedian will stand under the banner of the newly-formed Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP). In a bid to win votes from beer drinking voters, he has promised to introduce the 1p pint, although “crisps will remain at the current price”. 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. Latest polls show that Nigel Farage is marginally behind in a three-cornered fight with UKIP one point behind the Conservatives and Labour one point behind them. Whilst Murray is unlikely to win, his candidacy could be highly significant, even decisive, in a closely run race.