Al Murray on the campaign trail: 'I heard destiny's call like a trumpet in the far distance and it sounded like Thanet'

Speaking to local reporters outside the Thanet District Council's offices in Margate, he declared his party made “rational common sense”

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An awkwardly eaten leader’s breakfast, the unveiling of a grand poster and a "meet the residents" session in a local pub.

No campaign stone was left unturned when Al Murray’s The Pub Landlord and his team of beer-swilling FUKP members travelled to South Thanet to drum up some support.

Speaking to local reporters outside the Thanet District Council's offices in Margate, he declared his party made “rational common sense”.

“I heard destiny's call like a trumpet in the far distance and it sounded like it was saying Thanet, so Thanet had to be the place,” he told them of his decision to challenge Nigel Farage for the seat in the May general election.

Elsewhere in his mission to secure the hearts and minds of the Kent public, he went on to visit a school, a pub and a brewery.

“If I were to win then I would definitely open a pub because I'm going to nationalise pubs if I get the chance,” he added.

FUKP’s policies include curbing immigration by entirely bricking up the Channel Tunnel “with British bricks”, making Alex Salmond the First Minister of Norwich “so he can get to understand what being ignored by the rest of the country is really like” and elevating South Thanet’s status to the country’s new capital, with a demilitarised zone separating it from North Thanet.

A spokesperson confirmed to The Independent that the party has applied to be registered, and that Murray would be seeing his challenge through to the bitter end.

The electoral commission and Thanet Council are, however, yet to receive his registration. He has until 9 April to make his intentions official.

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