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Murray's pub boss to take on Farage

Comedian Al Murray intends to stand for parliament at the UK general election in his guise as The Pub Landlord - against Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

The star, whose creation is famed for extolling the joys of all things British, plans to stand in Thanet South, Kent, for his newly-formed Free United Kingdom Party.

Explaining his decision, The Pub Landlord (below) said: "It seems to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around, offering common sense solutions."

His comment will not be lost on those familiar with Farage (right), who is often pictured at impromptu photo calls with a pint in his hand in a pub.

Oxford-educated Murray has created an action plan in the guise of his patriotic character, in which he promises: "I pledge that the UK will leave Europe by 2025."

Murray (46) is standing in a constituency that the Conservatives won from Labour at the previous election in 2010.

It is already the focus of huge attention due to Mr Farage's decision to stand there as Ukip experiences a surge of support and has two parliamentary seats.