Eastleigh voters will have one less choice on their ballot papers on polling day after the Electoral Commission decided that The Beer,Baccy and Crumpet is simply too rude for the General Election.
Ray Hall, the leader of the fringe party has received a letter from the commission informing him that the word ‘Crumpet’ is “likely to be considered as describing women as a sexual object” which “would cause offence if it were to appear on the ballot paper.”
Eastleigh News has received an official statement from Ray
The letter addressed to Ray has no mention of an appeal process, signalling the finality of the decision.
“This is not cricket. Although disappointed I am strengthened in my resolve. However it renders all of our literature and promotional material obsolete.”
“We have not received a single complaint in two years. Generally, people find the name mildly amusing.”
“The system is biased and unfair. Our democratic system is basically flawed because the larger parties have far great financial backing than smaller parties.”
The ruling comes weeks before the General Election in May.
The Beer, Baccy and Crumpet party stood in the 2013 Eastleigh By-Election when it finished seventh out of fourteen parties with 235 of the 41,616 votes.
At the time the party received no complaints about it’s name despite some national media coverage and finished ahead of well-established satirical outfit The Monster Raving Loony party as well as the nationalist English Democrats.
Ray Hall had been hoping to attract more potential Beer, Baccy and Crumpet candidates to contest the General Election but the political movement will now cease to officially exist on March 7, exactly two months before polling day.