Nic Wright

Al Murray takes on UKIP

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The Pub Landlord Al Murray has announced plans to stand against UKIP leader Nigel Farage in the upcoming general election.

Murray has formed the Free United Kingdom Party, and will stand for election in Thanet South, Kent.

Murray – whose Pub Landlord character is famed for his love of British values, and general suspicion of the French – said: “It seems to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around, offering common sense solutions.”

Following Murray’s announcement, Farage tweeted: “The more, the merrier! @almurray,” with a UKIP spokesman adding; “At last, serious competition in the constituency.”

Avalon’s Dan Lloyd, who represent Al Murray, said: “It’s definitely happening.”

Murray posted a video earlier today, in which he states: “Let it be known that like many of the parliamentary hopefuls in the forthcoming election, I have no idea where South Thanet is.

“But did that stop Margaret Thatcher from saving the Falkland Islands? No.”

South Thanet is currently served by Conservative MP Laura Sandys, with the Conservative Party having won the seat from Labour in 2010.

The publican has begun his campaign by unveiling a 13-point action plan, which includes policies such as the pound being revalued “at one pound 10p, so it will now be worth 10p more.”

Amongst his economical proposals, he pledges that alcohol prices will fall to “1p a pint”, although “crisps will remain at the current price”.

He also touches on plans for the EU, stating: “I pledge that the UK will leave Europe by 2025 and the edge of the Solar System by 2050. Common Market sense.”

Leaving no hotly topical stone unturned, he also outlines plans for law and order: “Unemployment causes crime: I propose to lock up the unemployed. Common sense.”