Today, elections are being held for the MPs to replace Tony Blair and the oldest MP in the House, who recently died. The candidate slate in each race proves that elections in Britain really are more interesting. Check it out
:The official list of candidates for Sedgefield is:
* Stephen Gash, English Democrats - "Putting England First"
* Paul Gittins, Independent
* Tim Grainger, Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"
* Chris Haine, Green Party
* Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope, The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
* Toby Horton, UK Independence Party
* Graham Robb, Conservative Party
* Norman Scarth, Anti-Crime Party
* Andrew Spence, British National Party
* Greg Stone, Liberal Democrat
* Phil Wilson, Labour Party
The list for Ealing Southall is:
* Nigel Bakhai, Liberal Democrats
* John Sydney Cartwright, The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
* Sati Chaggar, English Democrats - 'Putting England First!'
* Salvinder Singh Dhillon, Respect - Peace, Justice, Equality
* Sarah Janet Edwards, Green Party
* Kuldeep Singh Grewal, Independent
* Tony Lit, Conservative Party
* Yakub Masih, Christian Party 'Proclaiming Christ's Lordship'
* Jasdev Singh Rai, Independent
* KT Rajan, UK Independence Party
* Virendra Kumar Sharma, The Labour Party Candidate
* Gulbash Singh, Independent
I'm obviously a Tory, but if I were voting in Sedgefield, specifically, I'd be highly tempted to support Alan "Howling Laud" Hope. Just because it would be great to say "I voted for Howling Laud." Note that this is essentially why my husband voted for "Andy The Hat" a few years back when we were living in Islington, where Tories, at least then, had roughly the same chances of winning any election as I do of instantly morphing into Claudia Schiffer and becoming fluent in Nepalese.