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Happy Mondays' Bez eyes job as MP

Kate Ferguson

Happy Mondays star Bez has reportedly announced plans to stand for Parliament at next year's General Election.

The wacky dancer said he hoped to become MP in his home town of Salford, and plans to run on a platform of redistributing wealth, tackling cancer and dementia – and an end to all war.

The 49-year-old, best known for shaking the maracas with the 1980s band, told the Manchester Evening News he plans to "stir things up" in his bid to succeed former Labour Cabinet minister Hazel Blears.

He told the paper: "If you want to do something about things you've got to get into the corridors of power and take them on."

The 2005 Celebrity Big Brother winner accused the political establishment of operating a policy of "divide and rule" and vowed to create a "new world order".

Bez, whose real name is Mark Berry, said: "If you're voting for me, you're voting as a protest about what's happening in the world at the moment."

He is expected to stand as an independent candidate when he contests the safe Labour seat.

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