Friday 24 February 2017

Meet the man wearing an Elmo costume who ran against David Cameron

Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

When imagining what and who can be found in a typical count centre, a person dressed as Elmo may not be the first thing that jumps to mind.

Yet at the Witney count, where Prime Minister David Cameron retained his seat, the Sesame Street character can be seen swanning around and observing the ballot count. But who exactly is this mysterious Elmo?

The man behind the mask is Bobby Smyth, who set up the 'Give Me Back Elmo' Party in an attempt to get greater custody of his children.

He adopted the Elmo persona as the furry red puppet is a pet name he has for his children. He ran for the seat under the banner: 'Stop emotional child abuse, Vote Elmo’.

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) walks past a candidate man dressed as Elmo during the General Election count at the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 8, 2015. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) walks past a candidate man dressed as Elmo during the General Election count at the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 8, 2015. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Some of  Elmo's/Mr Smyth's policies include giving fathers and automatic right to 50/50 shared parenting, twinning Witney with Houston, Texas and introducing a bill that ensures all Family Law solicitors earn no more than £7/€9.60 an hour.

However, the votes just didn't go Mr Smyth's way, as he received only 37 votes. Conservative Leader David Cameron amassed 35,201 votes, securing him his seat.

To find out more about Mr Smyth, you can follow him on Twitter here.

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