What do Elmo, Darth & a mon­ster have in com­mon?

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They all com­peted against UK Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May for her par­lia­men­tary seat.

Hours af­ter the polls closed in Bri­tain’s gen­eral elec­tion, May stood solemnly on stage along­side her fel­low Maiden­head con­stituency can­di­dates: a life-sized Elmo, a Darth Vader-es­que char­ac­ter and a man wear­ing a mas­sive pin read­ing “Loony Party Leader”.

Here is the cheat sheet on May’s weirdo com­pan­ions: Lord Buck­et­head, the Darth Vader-es­que char­ac­ter, is based on an ob­scure vil­lain from the 1984 Star Wars par­ody Hyper­space (or Grem­loids). Ac­cord­ing to Lord Buck­et­head’s Twit­ter bio, the mys­te­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal can­di­date is a self-de­scribed “in­ter­ga­lac­tic space lord”, run­ning to be an in­de­pen­dent mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

This isn’t Lord Buck­et­head’s first foray into pol­i­tics. The politi­cian – or some­one run­ning un­der the same moniker – stood against for­mer prime min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher in 1987. Lord Buck­et­head ran for Par­lia­ment again in 1992 against Thatcher’s suc­ces­sor, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter John Ma­jor.

Lord Buck­et­head’s man­i­festo goals in­cluded “a ref­er­en­dum on whether there should be a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum,” and “the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of Adele”.

PHOTO: REUTERS

LOONY POL­I­TICS Theresa May stands along­side the Elmo of Give Me Back Elmo

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