Comic pulls out of by-election race
TV comedian Lee Nelson has withdrawn his nomination to stand in the South Shields by-election.
He announced earlier on Friday that he was entering the race but when the official list of candidates was announced by South Tyneside Council it stated that he had withdrawn.
A total of nine candidates are standing in the May 2 poll, sparked by Labour MP David Miliband's decision to quit British politics.
They are Karen Allen for the Conservatives; Hugh Annand for the Liberal Democrats; Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brookes for the British National Party; Phil Brown for The Independent Socialist Party; Thomas Faithful Darwood as an Independent; Richard Peter Elvin for the UK Independence Party; Howling Laud Hope for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party; Ahmed Khan as an Independent; and Emma Lewell-Buck for Labour.
The Lee Nelson character was created by comedian Simon Brodkin and has his own BBC3 series.
He had announced his plan to run for Lee Nelson's Well Good Party and read out a speech on the steps of the Town Hall in South Shields on Friday morning.
Earlier this month Brodkin, who qualified as a doctor, escaped prosecution following his arrest in March for sneaking on to the pitch and training with the Manchester City team prior to a Premier League match.
He had dressed as one of his characters, Jason Bent, for the stunt at Goodison Park and was given a six-month conditional caution at North Liverpool Community Justice Centre.
Before pulling out, the "chav" character said: "I want to be your next MP, I want to serve the constituents, better the lives of the people of Great Britain but mainly, like every other MP, to get 65-grand a year, a second home and anything I can get away with on expenses."