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113 people vote for dead candidate

Published 08/05/2015 | 10:06

Ronnie Carroll died days after successfully getting on the General Election ballot paper
Ronnie Carroll died days after successfully getting on the General Election ballot paper

A total of 113 people voted for a parliamentary candidate who died four weeks before the election.

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Former Eurovision contestant Ronnie Carroll died on April 13, days after getting his name printed on ballot papers for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency.

T he independent candidate was standing in the most marginal seat in England, won by Labour's Tulip Siddiq with a majority of 1,138.

Mr Carroll, who was 80, was on the statement of nominations as The Eurovisionary Carroll. Sophy Dury and Bill Dury were listed as nominees for his candidacy.

He contested the 1962 and 1963 Eurovision Song Contests, making him the only Briton to compete two years running.

Mr Carroll had contested elections before, winning 29 votes in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election - despite campaigning for a record score of 0.

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