The Beer, Baccy and Scratchings Party leader Ray Hall has had the name approved by the Electoral Commission with just under a month to go until polling day. Ray told Eastleigh News “I’ve got my mojo back” after receiving the decision on Wednesday morning.
His original party name, The Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party, was censored by the Electoral Commission in March, as they claimed: “Crumpet is likely to be considered as describing women as a sexual object in a demeaning way and would cause offense.”
The Commission has confirmed that they received no complaints over the name.
The decision follows a difficult month for Ray, as he has submitted a variety of different party names, each receiving a rebuttal. The Beer, Baccy and Crumpets Party bore too close a resemblance to the old “offensive” name and The Beer, Baccy and Je Suis Charlie Party was ruled against for including words in a foreign language.
“I was aware of the innuendo at the time I started the party, but it has never been my intention to cause offence. Over 40,000 people saw the name on the electoral ballot in 2013 in the Eastleigh by-election and there were no complaints. I think it’s political correctness gone mad.”
“The Commission’s initial decision has done a lot of damage, it’s so close to the election. Six weeks ago we were looking at 60 candidates for the party, now it’s just me.”
The Commission set a deadline of Thursday 2nd April for a final name submission for Ray, however they approved a name he submitted on the 7th.
“I appreciate that they have prioritised my name applications, they have stretched their rules for me and I am grateful for that. I’m now determined to do the best I can with what I’ve got.”
The deadline to submit a party for the General Election is tomorrow.