Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Clarkson hint at Miliband poll bid

Jeremy Clarkson tweeted that he might run as an independent candidate for Doncaster North, which is Ed Miliband's electorate

Jeremy Clarkson has hinted that he could run for Parliament - standing in Labour leader Ed Miliband's seat.

The outspoken presenter of BBC's Top Gear suggested on his Twitter feed that he could run as an independent at the next general election.

"I'm thinking I might stand in the next election as an independent for Doncaster North, which is where I'm from. Thoughts?" he wrote.

It was unclear how seriously he is considering the idea - or whether it was a spot of mischief-making.

He has in the past had to apologise to Mr Miliband's political mentor and predecessor as Labour, Gordon Brown, after calling him a "one-eyed Scottish idiot".

His intervention comes after a difficult summer for Mr Miliband who had to endure a series of stinging criticisms of his leadership from within his own ranks.

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