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‘Elvis’ weighs up possible shot at becoming Boston MP

David 'Lord Biro' Bishop

David 'Lord Biro' Bishop

A satirist who goes by the name of ‘Lord Biro’ is weighing up a bid to stand as MP for Boston for the Bus Pass Elvis Party.

David Bishop, 69, made national headlines recently when he beat a Liberal Democrat candidate into fourth place in a Nottingham City Council by-election.

Mr Bishop (right), who dresses as the King of Rock and Roll, now fancies beating the Lib Dems at the 2015 General Election and could stand in Boston and Skegness.

He told The Standard that while he likes to poke fun at the main political parties, he also wants to promote a number of serious policies and help stop turnouts at elections plummeting even lower.

He said he would campaign to keep public toilets open, ban air guns, bring back the dog licence, launch an inquiry into vets fees and scrap the High Speed 2 rail line, using the money to save rural bus routes.

He also supports legalising brothels – with a 30 per cent reduction for OAPs.

Mr Bishop said: “I stand to have a satirical laugh and have a go at the ruling parties. They do do things that get up my nose.

“Because I got somewhere last time I’ve got the chance to have a go at them a bit more.

“I also give people a bit of a laugh.

“Sometimes a joke party does say things that the others don’t. I think it’s healthy for democracy. It would be very boring if you only got the main parties.

“People get bored of politicians saying the same things - a lot of them are very similar.”

Mr Bishop has previously stood under the Elvis Loves Pets and Militant Elvis Party banners.

The campaigner said he is also considering standing in Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire or taking on Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg in Sheffield. In 2012 he campaigned to save the Jolly Fisherman statue at Skegness Railway Station.

When asked if he thinks he could repeat his recent success over the Lib Dems here, he said: “I think I might stand a chance - there might be a few Elvis fans in Skegness and Boston.”

The Boston and Skegness seat is currently held by Conservative Mark Simmonds.

 

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