Man dressed as Elmo bids to be a Sheffield MP

A MAN dressed as popular children's TV character Elmo will be among the candidates in the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election.

David Cameron confronts 'Elmo' at the election count in his Witney constituency last year

Bobby Smith contested David Cameron’s Witney seat at the General Election dressed in an Elmo suit where he secured 37 votes.

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He represents New Fathers 4 Justice, a campaign group demanding better access rights for fathers to their children.

Last year he was one of two men who scaled the roof of a building at Buckingham Palace as part of their campaign.

By-elections have a long history of attracting fringe candidates looking for publicity for their causes.