Tuesday 21 November 2017

Jeremy Clarkson in threat to stand against Nick Clegg

Jeremy Clarkson has been paid millions by the BBC
Jeremy Clarkson has been paid millions by the BBC
Nick Clegg

Rosa Silverman

If Labour leader Ed Miliband was ever worried by Jeremy Clarkson's threat to stand against him at the next election, he can breathe a sigh of relief.

The 'Top Gear' host has seemingly changed his mind about running for the Labour leader's Doncaster seat and is instead threatening to take on Nick Clegg.

Mr Clarkson insisted he had "meant Sheffield Hallam" when he said he would stand as an independent candidate in Doncaster, his home town in South Yorkshire.

He said: "I was a bit drunk when I suggested I would stand as an independent candidate in Doncaster. I meant Sheffield Hallam."

He already has one supporter on side, the London Mayor Boris Johnson, who wrote this week: "I see that my old chum Jeremy Clarkson is thinking of standing against Ed Miliband in Doncaster.

"Right idea, Jezza – wrong seat. I hope fervently that the great man can be persuaded to stand against Cleggers in Sheffield, where his majority (unlike Ed's) is very frail indeed.

"Come on, Clarkson! Stand against the Cleggster with his hideous turbines and mad new taxes. That should put the wind up him."

His comments came after Mr Clarkson hinted at his plan to enter politics on Saturday. He wrote on Twitter: "I'm thinking I might stand in the next election as an independent for Doncaster North, which is where I'm from. Thoughts?"

His message was retweeted more than 4,000 times, including by John Prescott, Labour's former deputy PM.

A campaign group set up on Facebook called "Jeremy Clarkson for Prime Minister" has already attracted thousands of responses. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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