Comedian enters by-election contest

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Television comic Lee Nelson is to stand for Parliament – in the by-election for David Miliband’s former seat of South Shields.

The character, created by funnyman Simon Brodkin and who has his own BBC3 series, intends to contest the election on May 2 after handing in his nomination papers yesterday morning.

He will stand as “Nelson” for Lee Nelson’s Well Good Party, and speak from the steps of the Town Hall in South Shields Town Hall.

His manifesto includes 17 points for a “Well Great Britain” with policies that include issuing each child with lottery scratch cards at birth. He said: “I promise to put South Shields on the map – I looked yesterday, I could not find it anywhere.”

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