TV COMIC Lee Nelson is to stand for parliament – in the by-election for David Miliband’s former seat of South Shields.
The character, created by Simon Brodkin and who has his own BBC3 series, intends to contest the election on 2 May after handing in his nomination papers yesterday. He will contest the election as Nelson, standing for Lee Nelson’s Well Good Party, and read out a speech on the steps of the Town Hall in South Shields.
And he delivered a “17-point manifesto for a Well Great Britain” with a policies including issuing each child with lottery scratch cards at birth, and upping the recommended daily allowances for drinking.
Earlier this month Brodkinescaped prosecution following his arrest in March for getting on to the pitch and training with the Manchester City team.
He had dressed as one of his characters, Jason Bent, for the stunt and was given a six-month conditional caution.
As he announced his candidacy yesterday, his “chav” character Nelson said: “I want to be your next MP.
“I want to serve the constituents, better the lives of the people of Great Britain but mainly, like every other MP, to get 65-grand a year, a second home and anything I can get away with on expenses.”