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Eddie Izzard: Nigel Farage's Monty Python quips are a dead parrot

Labour-supporting comedian Eddie Izzard has attacked Nigel Farage's "crazy" aim of leaving the EU - and told the self-styled "naughty boy" of British politics that his Monty Python-inspired quips will not register with Ukip's voters.

Responding to the Ukip leader's latest Python-related quote - kicking off a party broadcast with the words "And now for something completely different" - Izzard claimed an exit from the EU would endanger British jobs.

Self-styled "executive transvestite" Izzard, a Labour Party member since 1995, also used a campaign visit to Halesowen and Rowley Regis to give his views on the seven-way leaders' TV debate.

Claiming that David Cameron is scared of taking part in other debates, the actor said: "I thought Ed Miliband did great.

"I think David Cameron sort of faded away towards the end of the debate. Do we really want a Prime Minister who is actually scared of debating the facts and going head to head with Ed Miliband?

"I believe the Labour Party fights for fairness and I feel fairness is really what you want in life. And I think if the Tory Party really wanted fairness, they would join the Labour Party."

Izzard, lending his support to Labour candidate Stephanie Peacock's efforts to overturn the 2,023-majority secured by Tory James Morris in 2010, posed for pictures with local voters and a pet chihuahua during a town centre walkabout.

Giving his views of Mr Farage, the comedian said: "If Nigel Farage is setting himself up as a funnyman I don't think that's really going to work.

"I don't think by pretending to be Monty Python he's going to actually get anywhere because people who actually like Monty Python are people who are not going to vote for the UK Independence Party.

"Running and hiding from Europe is not going to change anything.

"You've got to be engaged in Europe to change it. It's not going anywhere. If we pull out of Europe, Europe's not going to disappear off into the ether."

Mr Farage previously alluded at the beginning of March to Monty Python's 1979 film Life Of Brian, telling radio listeners: "I'm not the Messiah, I'm a very naughty boy."

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