Not such a silly bet

Ec­cen­tric Party can­di­date elects to cover costs

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

THE leader of the Ec­cen­tric Party has put his money where his mega­phone is by plac­ing bets on how he will per­form in to­mor­row’s Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Lord Toby Jug bet £50 on 10-to-one odds of him re­ceiv­ing 100 votes or more for him to be­come MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip on May 7.

But he also put down £20 on 50-to-one odds of him not re­ceiv­ing a sin­gle vote at the bal­lot, which is his de­sired out­come.

The Wil­liam Hill book­mak­ers in Long Lane, Uxbridge al­lowed him to place the bets with­out charge, so that if he wins he can re­cover the £500 de­posit all can­di­dates are re­quired to pay to stand in the elec­tion.

He said: “I’ve cov­ered both an­gles. I can’t lose – un­less I get 99 votes.”

He added: “My men­tor, the late great Scream­ing Lord Sutch [ founder of the Of­fi­cial Mon­ster Rav­ing Loony Party], tried at 41 elec­tions to score ab­so­lutely zero votes. As his true heir ap­par­ent, I hope to reach this holy grail he sadly failed to reach.”

Lord Jug, who founded The Ec­cen­tric Party of Great Bri­tain in 2015, had orig­i­nally planned to con­test the Hunt­ing­don seat in the up­com­ing elec­tion.

He took over for Uxbridge and South Ruil­sip af­ter his party’s ini­tial can­di­date, Chris Dowl­ing, stepped down be­cause of ill health.

Lord Jug said: “I feel I can best serve my party, and in­deed my coun­try, by tak­ing on Boris John­son, a clod and dullard of the old school.

“Un­like the other can­di­dates, who will, like ac­tors, do and say any­thing just for votes and ap­proval, I will be cam­paign­ing in Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip on a plat­form of polling ab­so­lutely no votes what­so­ever.”

He added that if elected he would re­sign im­me­di­ately, be­cause “any­one in our party who gets elected is ob­vi­ously be­ing far too sen­si­ble”.

n SUTCH FUN: Lord Toby Jug places bets at Wil­liam Hill in Uxbridge

Photo by Jake Dar­ling WL152363

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