TV comedian Lee Nelson has withdrawn his nomination to stand in the South Shields by-election.
He announced earlier today that he was entering the race but when the official list of candidates was announced by South Tyneside Council it stated that he had withdrawn.
A total of nine candidates are standing in the May 2 poll, sparked by Labour MP David Miliband's decision to quit British politics.
They are Karen Allen for the Conservatives; Hugh Annand for the Liberal Democrats; Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brookes for the British National Party; Phil Brown for The Independent Socialist Party; Thomas Faithful Darwood as an Independent; Richard Peter Elvin for the UK Independence Party; Howling Laud Hope for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party; Ahmed Khan as an Independent; and Emma Lewell-Buck for Labour.
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