Electoral Commission ban ‘Crumpet’ party

Ray Hall

Ray Hall ©Ray Turner/Eastleigh News

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

“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.”

"This is not cricket.." Ray Hall

“This is not cricket..” Ray Hall ©Ray Turner/Eastleigh News

The letter addressed to Ray has no mention of an appeal process, signalling the finality of the decision.

Ray said:

“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.

  18 comments for “Electoral Commission ban ‘Crumpet’ party

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    March 3, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I can see what the Electoral Commission mean – yes some people could be offended but isn’t it supposed to be a satirical party?

    I have to say personally I can’t get outraged over the use of a word which has fallen so far out of general usage as to be almost archaic – there are far more offensive words used in Rap or Hip Hop.

    Crumpet is a word often used by Eastleigh’s most famous Milkman, Ernie AKA Benny Hill.

    In the song Ernie (Fastest Milkman in the West) which is set Eastleigh, a lady known as Sue offers Ernie “Hot rolls every morning and crumpet every night”

    So here in Eastleigh at least, the word is also used as a euphemism for s**.

    Are the Electoral Commission aware of this? Have they listened to the song?

    Incidentally in 2006 David Cameron named Ernie as one of his eight Desert Island Discs.

    This might help explain why he loves the town so much and why we get so many visits from Conservative cabinet ministers – but could it be that the PM also thinks that use of the word ‘crumpet’ as innuendo is amusing?

    Should the council rename Benny Hill Close and take down the plaque on the Swan Centre?

    If the Beer, Baccy and Crumpet party name is offensive then what about the Raving Monster Loony party?

    Isn’t Loony an offensive way of describing someone with mental health problems?

    The Raving L**nies are generally regarded as bringing colour to elections – on the other hand one of their policies was to rename Southampton Airport after Benny Hill….

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      It isn’t over until the Fat Lady sings.

      Ray Hall still has the option of registering under a different party name, which probably need only be slightly different to satisfy the Electoral Commission.

  2. Sue
    March 3, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I agree with Eastleigh Express above. A bit of a pity I think.

  3. Peter Edwards
    March 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    So much for Democracy.
    Still at least it is one less thing for the LibDems to worry about!

    • March 3, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      A Lib Dem canvasser phoned Ray Hall whilst I was with him today. I could only hear one side of the conversation, but it was most amusing….!

      I learned that the Lib Dem canvasser asked which party Ray would choose if the election was restricted to Lib Dems & Conservatives.

      It seems the Lib Dems are somewhat arrogantly (as always) discounting all the other candidates, including Labour and UKIP.

      It would be nice if the Lib Dems were taught a big lesson at this election, whether by Beer Baccy & [Censored] himself, UKIP or any of the other candidates…

      • Eastleigh Bloke
        March 4, 2015 at 8:50 am

        The LibDems aren’t “arrogantly (as always) discounting all the other candidates”.
        They’re genuinely afraid of losing votes to UKIP. Their tactic is to discount them in their literature (or not even mention them), then the voters will believe that they have no chance of winning.

  4. Maureen
    March 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Yes the council should rename Benny Hill Close. The man was offensive and sexist. As for the Electoral Comission they should be looking at whether the Lib Dems have the wrong name They are not really liberal and don’t seem all that interested in democracy.

    • March 3, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Would you prefer “Danny La Rue Avenue”?

      • Maureen
        March 3, 2015 at 11:37 pm


        • Eastleigh Bloke
          March 4, 2015 at 8:58 am

          Danny La Rue Passage?

          • mm
            Eastleigh Xpress
            March 4, 2015 at 10:06 am

            I thought Danny La Rue lived in Bitterne?

  5. March 3, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    This is a bakery nightmare! Tarts, bloomers, muffins and buns. A politically incorrect political party? What a load of tosh.

  6. Josie
    March 4, 2015 at 1:31 am

    You forgot baps! I’m a woman and I’m not offended by the word crumpet, I love them especially for breakfast! Life’s too short pc gone mad.

  7. Sue
    March 4, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    how about the Beer, Baccy and Sausage Fest Party? Just so that the butchers get a look in :0)

  8. Rosie
    March 5, 2015 at 1:12 am

    I can understand if women over a certain age find the word “crumpet” in an election party’s name offensive, but most younger women would just think of the edible crumpet anyway (and probably all women would be put off voting by the beer and baccy bit and the candidate himself!).
    The Lib Dems are definitely wrongly named.
    UKIP might get more votes if they changed their name, even if keeping the same policies, as “UK Independence” seems a name that’s a step too far for many people who might otherwise vote for a UKIP candidate based on their merits (eg Diane James came across much better than any of the other candidates at the hustings event I attended, and she would definitely have given David Cameron a run for his money, unlike the invisible Mike Thornton!).
    And if the Greens want to remain called “Green”, they’d better not be planning building houses on the countryside, but on brownfield sites, and by redevelopment, instead.

  9. March 19, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    George Osborne doesn’t want us to know how much money is slipping through his fingers. He’s the politician’s losing billions of pounds through tax dogging, simply because he’s not taking action to stop it.

    • Sue
      March 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      very true!

  10. March 20, 2015 at 12:00 am

    “Nigel Farage (UKIP) Admits to taking £2,000,000 in Expenses.”

    Mr Farage outrageous claims could not have come at a worst time for his party, struggling as it is after losing 25 per cent of its MPs, with two of them being arrested for fraud.

    A secret European Parliament report, the details of which were earlier leaked by largely suppressed by the media, uncovered what it described as “extensive, widespread and criminal abuse” by Euro-MPs of staff allowance’s worth almost £100 million a year.

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