Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

BBC rules keep Nelson out of vote

TV comic Lee Nelson had to withdraw his bid to become an MP in South Shields

TV comedian Lee Nelson withdrew from his bid to become an MP because it would have broken BBC rules on impartiality, his spokeswoman said today.

He had planned to stand in South Shields, the seat vacated by David Miliband when he quit British politics, as leader of the Lee Nelson's Well Good Party.

There was no explanation when Lee, the creation of comedian Simon Brodkin, did not appear on the official list of candidates on Friday.

A spokeswoman has now explained: "As his TV show, Lee Nelson's Well Funny People, is currently broadcast on BBC Three, this causes an unforeseen conflict with the BBC's commitment to impartiality.

"As a result Lee Nelson has withdrawn his candidacy immediately."

Lee Nelson said: "To all 83,000 South Shields legends, I'm totally gutted but I have had to withdraw from standing as your MP.

"Thank you South Shields for the 82,743 messages of support. I will be back to run again and serve this well great country.

"In the meantime I'm going to drown my sorrows with Newkie Brown and pictures of Geordie Shore girls. Spread the love UK."

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 another 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.

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