Tyson Fury announces bid to become Morecambe MP after Wladimir Klitschko fight postponement

The heavyweight boxer is serious about his new political campaign

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Tyson Fury has confirmed that his ambitions to become MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale are genuine.

The boxer, whose fight with world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was postponed last week, announced his intention to represent his hometown via Twitter.

Fury, a lively presence on social media, has reiterated that his intentions to stand as an independent candidate in the next general election are real, revealing that he has been considering a move to politics over the last month or so.

Speaking to the BBC, the 27-year-old said he wants to direct attention to "our own brothers and sisters who are on the streets and abusing drugs and alcohol" rather than on in the issue of immigration.

"I want to make a change for the better for the place I live," he said. "I believe that I will succeed because of the influence I have over the people from the town."

The 27-year-old fighter revealed he is taking inspiration from Alex Maskey, the first member of Sinn Fein to serve as mayor of Belfast. He also confirmed that he will meet David Morris, the Conservative incumbent for the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency, on Friday.

Fury, who has lived in Morecambe for the past seven years, told ITV Granada News: "I believe I'm as qualified as any of these people out there. I might not have the education and the degrees to prove it but I have street knowledge and I am very wise on the matter of realness.

"I will buy properties in Morecambe, flats, whatever it takes and I will spend hard-earned cash on the hip because when it comes down to it, you get all pastors and preachers and politicians and everything, do they spend hard earned money? Will they spend to help the fellow man? The answer is no."