Ec­cen­tric group ea­ger to re­cruit ri­val Boris

Leader claims Lon­don mayor ‘is in the wrong party’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A CAN­DI­DATE stand­ing for par­lia­ment in Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip on be­half of the Ec­cen­tric Party has said he is des­per­ate to re­cruit Tory ri­val Boris John­son.

Cru­cial Chris Dowl­ing launched his cam­paign in the bor­ough on Mon­day at the Crown and Treaty pub, in Ox­ford Road, Uxbridge.

He said he could not wait to bump into Lon­don mayor Mr John­son, adding: “I want to give him an Ec­cen­tric rosette. He’s in the wrong party. He should come and join us.

“I’m will­ing to stand down as leader of The Ec­cen­tric Party and in­vite him to be leader. He’s right round the bend and per­fect for our Ec­cen­tric move­ment. He can lead us on the road to nowhere, a road he knows only too well.”

Mr Dowl­ing’s poli­cies in­clude putting su­per­glue on lip balm to fight obe­sity and 10 per cent off phone bills for peo­ple who stutter.

He also sup­ports the cre­ation of a ‘vir­tual Par­lia­ment’ so that MPs can work from home, sav­ing money and al­low­ing the his­toric build­ing to be used as ac­com­mo­da­tion for the home­less.

The Ec­cen­tric Party of Great Bri­tain was formed by Lord Toby Jug, who spent 27 years in the Mon­ster Rav­ing Loony Party and is a pro­tégée of leg­endary leader Scream­ing Lord Sutch.

Mr Dowl­ing was not the only can­di­date to throw his hat into the ring this week. James Jack­son, an ex­pa­tri­ate living in France and with­out the right to vote in the UK, also an­nounced his can­di­dacy for the gen­eral elec­tion on May 7.

His cam­paign is fo­cused on giv­ing Bri­tish cit­i­zens living abroad the right to vote in their coun­try of ori­gin.

Mr Jack­son, 71, who left the UK in 1996 to work in the Falk­land Is­lands be­fore re­tir­ing to live in France, said: “Due to the law pre­vent­ing Bri­tons who have lived abroad for more than 15 years from vot­ing in elec­tions, I, along with thou­sands of oth­ers, am dis­en­fran­chised.

“Strangely, there is noth­ing in law that pre­vents me stand­ing as a par­lia­men­tary can­di­date.

“This Kafkaesque sit­u­a­tion means that, the­o­ret­i­cally, I could win a par­lia­men­tary seat and take my place in the House of Com­mons, de­spite living abroad and not hav­ing a vote.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, there are cur­rently some 5.5 mil­lion Bri­tons living abroad, of whom only around 20,000 are reg­is­tered to vote.

Mr Jack­son said the ma­jor­ity of th­ese ‘dis­en­fran­chised Bri­tons’ have strong links to their coun­try and still hold Bri­tish pass­ports, UK bank ac­counts and pay taxes on their in­come from UK sources.

He pre­vi­ously lived in Col­wyn Bay, north Wales, work­ing as trea­surer of the for­mer Col­wyn Bor­ough Coun­cil, be­fore be­com­ing in­ter­nal au­di­tor/trea­surer for the Falk­land Is­lands gov­ern­ment.

He said he chose to stand in Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip be­cause he wanted to run against Lon­don mayor Boris John­son, who also sup­ports giv­ing ex­pa­tri­ates the right to vote, and to raise aware­ness of the is­sue.

Boris skips de­bate – see page 6. GRAF­FITI van­dals who de­faced an am­bu­lance in Hayes have been branded ‘dirt bags’ and ‘id­iots’ as Twit­ter users re­acted with hor­ror to the ‘mind­less’ act.

Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice op­er­a­tions direc­tor Ja­son Kil­lens tweeted a photo of an am­bu­lance cov­ered with the tag T.17 in huge let­ters on Thurs­day, March 19.

He said the NHS ve­hi­cle had been van­dalised overnight at Hayes Am­bu­lance Sta­tion, in Church Road, and an LAS spokes­woman con­firmed it was work­ing with po­lice to iden­tify the cul­prit.

Mr Kil­lens’ photo pro­voked a storm of out­rage on Twit­ter at the act.

Al­li­son Brizburk wrote ‘What dirt bags’, while in a more florid re­sponse @ Polic­ingFu­ture fumed: “Dun­ning-Kruger ef­fect, scrawler didn’t no­tice their mis­cal­i­bra­tion of their own in­com­pe­tence”.

Steven Brace called the cul­prits ‘mind­less id­iots’, and Daye Boyle de­clared cheek­ily: “No prizes for guess­ing what the “T” stands for...”.

It is not the first time van­dals have tar­geted emer­gency ve­hi­cles, some­times even while they are in ac­tion.

A fire­fighter in Northamp­ton­shire tweeted that it had once hap­pened to a fire en­gine while the crew were busy tack­ling a blaze.

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