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Eurovision's Carroll was candidate

Published 14/04/2015

Pop star Ronnie Carroll when he was chosen to represent Britain in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest
Pop star Ronnie Carroll when he was chosen to represent Britain in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest

Former Eurovision contestant Ronnie Carroll has died days after successfully getting on the General Election ballot paper for Hampstead and Kilburn.

The independent candidate will stay on the ballot paper and the election will go ahead as normal without him.

The seat is the most marginal in England, won by Labour's Glenda Jackson by just 42 votes in 2010.

Mr Carroll, who was 80, was on the statement of nominations as "The Eurovisionary Carroll". Sophy Dury and Bill Dury were listed as nominees for his candidacy.

He contested the 1962 and 1963 Eurovision Song Contest, making him the only Briton to compete two years running.

Mr Carroll had contested elections before, winning 29 votes in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election - despite campaigning for a record score of 0.

Nominations closed on April 9. Tulip Siddiq is bidding to hold the seat for Labour, Simon Marcus is running for the Conservatives, Maajid Nawaz for the Liberal Democrats, Magnus Nielson for Ukip, Rebecca Johnson for the Greens, and Robin Charles Ellison for the U Party.

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