Doncaster man who dressed as fish finger in bid to beat Lib Dem leader lands TV role
A Doncaster man who dressed as a fish finger to stand against Lib Dem leader Tim Farron is set to star on TV tonight.
Paul Anthony Ellis, who changed his named to Mr Fish Finger by deed poll will appear on The Last Leg Election Special on Channel 4 tonight.
Paul, who changed his name to Mr Fish Finger by deed poll collected 309 votes in last night's contest in the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in Cumbria.
He finished fourth and last in the vote, with Mr Farron collecting 23,686 votes to claim a majority of 777.
The satire and comedy show, presented by Adam Hills, Josh Widdecombe and Alex Brooker will see Mr Fish Finger joined by the likes of Jamie Oliver, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Richard Osman, Jessica Hynes and Brendan Cox.
Crowdfunders raised the £500 deposit so Mr Fish Finger, whose address is listed as being in the Don Valley constituency, could stand against Mr Farron.
It came after a 'poll', launched by the now closed-down Twitter account @SkipClaus, which claimed people had more confidence in a fish finger leading the country than Mr Farron.
If he had won, Mr Fish Finger had vowed to conduct any related business dressed as the breaded snack.
In his "manifishto" He wrote: "Even though I have only been in Pollocktics for a short while, I am fully codmitted to making Brexit work for the Codstituents of Westmorland and Lonsdale."
Other pledges included free fishing rods for everyone, no tax on chip shops and restaurants, more fish fingers on hospital menus and free fish for NHS staff.
He added: "If we had enough codidates to stand in every codstituency, we would not make manifishto promises that we can’t keep. "We would, however, make a firm codmitment to hake Britain great again by making all MPs pre-qualify before standing for election. "All codidates should pass a swimming test, and – once elected – must wear kipper ties and cod pieces for offishal duties."
The show will be screened on Channel 4 from 9pm.