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Count Binface and Elmo Shake Up the Ballot: Satirical Candidates Return for 2024 General Election

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In the upcoming general election, satirical figures Count Binface and Elmo will once again challenge leaders such as Sunak and Starmer. These parody candidates have previously contested against Boris Johnson in 2019 and Theresa May in 2017, continuing a long-standing tradition of humorous electoral contenders.

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In UK elections, it's a common practice for novelty candidates to compete against party leaders.

In a field heavily focused on appearances, the image of a beleaguered prime minister contemplating their next steps alongside characters like Lord Buckethead and Elmo can be exasperating for any political expert. Yet, it also serves to humanize politicians, reminding us that they, too, are individuals.

Each election cycle brings back many recognizable individuals, and the year 2024 is no exception.

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Rishi Sunak, regardless of the outcome, will appear alongside Count Binface during the announcement of the Richmond and Northallerton election results, which is expected to occur early on July 5th.

At the same time, the leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, will appear with Elmo in the Holborn and St Pancras area.

These two parody candidates, Elmo and Binface, contested elections against Boris Johnson in 2019 and Theresa May in 2017, respectively.

The history of novelty candidates goes back even longer.

Lord Buckethead has competed multiple times before. Indeed, there are videos available online showing him challenging Margaret Thatcher in the 1987 election.

Characters such as Binface and Buckethead are designed to satirize the electoral process and the other contestants they challenge.

Some characters, such as Elmo, use their platform to highlight social issues, such as advocating for fathers' rights.

In a notable instance, Derek Jackson from the Landless Peasant's Party contested against Gordon Brown in the 2010 elections.

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Journalist Auberon Waugh contested against ex-Liberal Party chief Jeremy Thorpe as a candidate for the Dog Lovers' Party after the scandal involving Thorpe that resulted in the death of a dog.

The election deposit system serves as a deterrent against casual candidacies in political races.

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Each individual running in a general election is required to deposit £500 to officially register as a candidate. This deposit is refunded only if the candidate secures at least 5% of the total votes cast.

Since 1985, the cost has remained constant, resulting in inflation diminishing the economic strain associated with campaigning for a seat in the Commons.

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In addition to the individual satirical candidates, there are also several mock political parties.

The most notable instance is the Monster Raving Loony Party, renowned for its oversized hats, flamboyant attire, and distinctive monikers for candidates.

The party is fielding Sir Archibald Stanton to challenge Mr. Sunak in the Richmond and Northallerton area, while Nick the Incredible Flying Brick will contest against Sir Keir in Holborn and St Pancras.

The formation of the party was initiated by Screaming Lord Sutch in the year 1982

The UK Election Leaders Special Event, titled "The Battle for Number 10," is scheduled for a live broadcast from Grimsby on Wednesday, June 12.

The individuals running for election in the Holborn and St Pancras constituency are:

• Monster Raving Loony Party, represented by Nick the Incredible Flying Brick;

• Members of the Liberal Democrat party, represented by

• Unaffiliated, Andrew Feinstein;

• Autonomous, Wais Islam;

• Freelance, Senthil Kumar;

• Right-leaning, Mehreen Malik;

• Member of the UK Independence Party, John Poynton;

• United Kingdom Reform, David Roberts;

• Socialist Equality, authored by Tom Scripps;

• Unaffiliated, Bobby Smith;

• David Stansell Green;

• The Labour Party, led by Sir Keir Starmer.

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Those contesting the elections in Richmond and Northallerton include:

• Self-reliant, Jason Barnett;

• Count Binface Party, led by Count Binface;

• Democratic Party member, Daniel Callaghan;

• Self-reliant, Angie Campion;

• Britain's Workers Party, represented by Louise Dickens;

• Foster, Kevin Green;

• The Yorkshire Party, represented by Rio Goldhammer;

• Self-reliant, Niko Omilana;

• Self-reliant, Brian Richmond;

• Monster Raving Loony Party, Sir Archibald Stanton;

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• Right-leaning, Rishi Sunak;

• Reform UK, represented by Lee Taylor;

• Workforce, Tom Wilson.

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