— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 14, 2015
What’ll this do the the UKIP leader’s bid to become an MP?
Al Murray, the public school educated Oxford graduate, who has risen to fame as the Pub Landlord, launched his bid to take on Nigel Farage in Thanet South this afternoon.
Given his popularity and the fact that he’s chosen Thanet South it does look as though he’s trying to stop Farage. Given that that is currently a pretty tight three way marginal the presence of Murray on the ballot could have a huge impact if only to take away a few hundred votes.
Already this is the most polled constituency in the country with two Survation surveys as well as the Ashcroft ones.
Over the past year there’ve been polls showing LAB, CON and UKIP in the lead which gives an idea of the battle.
William Hill make it 8/13 UKIP; 13/8 CON, ; 6/1 LAB; 80/1 FUKP; 150/1 GRN; 150/1 LD.
Murray 9/4 to retain his deposit 1/3 to lose it.