Fourteen candidates to stand in North Shropshire

Some people believe that 13 is an unlucky number. Let’s hope that is the case for the thirteen candidates standing against Helen Morgan in the North Shropshire by-election on 16 December.

The four main contenders are the Lib Dems, Conservatives, Labour and the Green Party. They are joined by a candidate based in Monaco, UKIP, Rejoin EU, Reclaim Party, Heritage Party, Freedom Alliance, Reform UK, an independent and of course the Monster Raving Loony Party. Just five of the candidates live in the constituency: Lib Dems, Labour, Green Party, UKIP and Reform UK. The Conservative candidate lives sixty miles away in Birmingham.

The full list of candidates in surname order with their registered address:

  • Andrea Christabel Allen: UK Independence Party (UKIP), Whitchurch, Shropshire
  • Boris Been-Bunged: Rejoin EU, Wimbledon
  • Martin Edward Daubney: The Reclaim Party, Camberwell and Peckham
  • Russell Fraser Dean: The Party Party, Monaco
  • James Alexander Elliot: Heritage Party, Preston
  • Howling Laud Hope: The Official Monster Raving Loony Party, Fleet, Hampshire
  • Earl Elvis Phillippe Jesse: Freedom Alliance, Newbury
  • Yolande Ann Kenward: Independent, Maidstone and Weald
  • Duncan Alistair Kerr: Green Party, Oswestry
  • Lilian Helen Margaret Morgan: Liberal Democrats, North Shropshire
  • Neil Shastri-Hurst: The Conservative Party, Birmingham
  • Suzie Akers Smith: Independent, Congleton, Cheshire
  • Kirsty Rebecca Walmsley: Reform UK, North Shropshire
  • Ben Wood: Labour Party, North Shropshire.

* Andy Boddington is a Lib Dem councillor in Shropshire. He blogs at He is Thursday editor of Lib Dem Voice.

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  • It also seems to be a competition to see which candidate can have the longest name/names for a by election.

  • Nigel Hunter 19th Nov '21 - 8:32pm

    A candidate based in Monaco? That allowed? If so that could open the floodgates to outsiders,ominous.

  • Nonconformistradical 19th Nov '21 - 11:38pm

    @Nigel Hunter
    On the Electoral Commission website you can find the necessary qualifications to stand in a Geneal election or Parliamentary by-election – they are:
    Aged at least 18
    British Citizen, Republic of Ireland citizen or eligible Commonwealth citizen.

    There is no requrement for a candidate to be a registered elector in the UK.

  • It would helpful to have an analysis as to which candidates would help a Lib Dem victory by pulling votes away from the Tory, and which undermine Lib Dem chances. As an aside, I like Aidan’s comment!

  • Andy Boddington 20th Nov '21 - 8:04am

    I don’t think we would make an analysis like that public rather than share it through the campaign Facebook page.

  • It is fairly obvious that the following are right wing candidates of one form or another:
    Reclaim Party
    Heritage Party
    Freedom alliance
    Reform UK
    Not sure any of them will mount much of a campaign, but if they get 1100 votes between them, then that’s probably 900 votes less for the Tories.

  • Aidan:
    The longest candidate name in reality and fiction is the Monty Python character: “ Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F’tang-F’tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel”.
    A candidate in the 1981 Crosby by-election used that name, sadly the returning officer only read out “Tarquin Biscuit Barrel”, despite many staying up into the small hours to hear him announce the full name on live TV.
    Of course Shirley Williams won a great victory there.

  • Back in May we had a local by-election in Kingston which was notable for the fact that the Monster Raving Loony Party stood thirteen candidates in the one ward. Our Chief Exec managed to read all their names in full carefully and seriously.

  • Andy Boddington 20th Nov '21 - 5:51pm

    That’s a baker’s dozen of Loonies. Is there a collective noun for a gathering of Monster Raving Loonies?

  • Nigel Jones 20th Nov '21 - 7:00pm

    Met Ed Davey in North Shropshire today. Good to see he is carefully sharing his activities between Parliament and among the people. Keir Starmer was in my neck of the woods this week, Newcastle under Lyme. We need to follow Boris’ example and recognise that campaigning amongst the people is vital if we are to gain votes and we cannot wait for a General Election to do that, we must do it now.

  • Andy Boddington 20th Nov ’21 – 5:51pm:
    Is there a collective noun for a collective of Monster Raving Loonies?

    Their own report of their annual conference consistently uses “Loony’s”. The grocer’s apostrophe is presumably a deliberate grammatical howler.

    ‘Loony Party Conference 23rd-25th Sep 2021’:

    Loony’s started to arrive on Thursday night and we all had a ‘meet and greet’ in town. […]

    Saturday started at 12 noon with our usual town pub crawl, which got very quickly named ‘Loony’s Lurking in Louth’,…. […]

    It was a great success, thank you to our Lincs Loony’s,…

  • Liking the comments all and thanks for the history on ‘Tarquin’. Whatever happens here it will be an interesting election. I’m hoping to get down on Election day myself.

  • Is it time to increase the £500 deposit? I’m all for a bit of fun and having a wide choice of candidates but after 36 years of inflation that sum equates to £1326. Perhaps the deposit losing threshold could be reduced to 2.5% to compensate. Just a thought.
    Believe the Electoral Commission proposed scrapping it altogether a few years back.

  • Brad Barrows 21st Nov '21 - 12:57pm

    @John Clough
    My view is that there should be a deposit of £100 to stand for election but any potential candidate should also require to be nominated by 100 electors rather than the current 10.

  • @John Clough – It depends on the purpose of the election deposit.
    Remember it was raised from £150 (with a refund threshold of 12.5%) – set in 1918 to £500 (with a refund threshold of 5%) in 1985. Today, that 1918 £150 is worth nearly £9,000.

    Personally, I’m happy to have a £500 deposit with a higher refund threshold than a higher deposit with a lower refund threshold.

    As a teenager, Screaming Lord Sutch and others increased our awareness of the elections.

  • Mr Alan Hope 24th Nov '21 - 1:45pm

    The Collective name for a gathering of Loony’s is an ‘Asylum of Loony’s’.
    Howling ‘Laud’ Hope — Loony Party Leader.

  • David Langshaw 25th Nov '21 - 10:59am

    Increasing the number of signatures required would also give political parties a practical reason to keep in touch with their members and supporters in non-election times. A list of (say) 500 known supporters on the electoral roll shows a much more serious level of support in a constituency than a fat bank balance ever will.

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