Lord Toby Jug, leader of The Eccentric Party of Great Britain, let loose in March

Lord Toby Jug arriving on a recruitment campaign; he wants to find local eccentrics to join his part

Lord Toby Jug arriving on a recruitment campaign; he wants to find local eccentrics to join his party and to stand in local elections. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Letting Lord Toby Jug, leader of The Eccentric Party of Great Britain, loose around March, proves to be an interesting afternoon.

Lord Toby Jug with Fenland councillor Dave Connor. Picture: Steve Williams.

Lord Toby Jug with Fenland councillor Dave Connor. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Following the colourful character on his quest to find Fenland’s most eccentric people, he and Lord Bungle, membership secretary, chairman and Alternative Shadow Minister of Beards, spread their unusual message.

With his hat on and a gold megaphone in hand, Lord Jug has no trouble attracting attention – and potential voters – to hear his quirky policies.

Though it’s only been going since January 2015, The Eccentric Party of Great Britain counts more than 5,000 members and they hope to be in Government this time next year – if there’s a snap election.

Lord Toby Jug taking a selfie with John Elworthy, editor of the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard. Pi

Lord Toby Jug taking a selfie with John Elworthy, editor of the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

“We want to turn Fenland into Funland – a giant theme park,” he says. “We dance to the beat of a different drum...


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“Vote eccentric for a saner country” he blasts out of the microphone at bewildered passers-by.

During their visit to March, the self-proclaimed ‘living legend’ and his secretary hold a ‘summit meeting’ on the grass mound outside the library before scouring the back street charity shops for Toby Jugs, of course.

Lord Toby Jug with postman Tony Cliss. Picture: Steve Williams.

Lord Toby Jug with postman Tony Cliss. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

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“This is where we’ll capture the floating voters’,” Lord Jug jokes as he’s stood next to the River Nene.

Phil White, chairman of March Town United Football Club, even encourages the pair to pose next to his car for a photo whilst waiting in traffic.

Karin Ludlam, who Lord Jug meets near The Ship Inn, says “you’ve got my vote” while James Barlow adds “everyone’s having a bit of fun”.

Lord Toby Jug and Lord Bungle holding a 'summit meeting' in March. Picture: Steve Williams.

Lord Toby Jug and Lord Bungle holding a 'summit meeting' in March. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Postman Tony Cliss is equally impressed, saying “I suppose after Brexit, everything’s possible,” adding, “these are some of the best political ideas I’ve heard for a long time”.

However, Fenland District Councillor Dave Connor fails to see the funny side, dismissing the pair as jokers - though he still poses for a picture.

For more information or to sign up to the Eccentric Party of Great Britain, visit www.eccentricparty.com

Q&A:

What is your real name? Brian Borthwick, but I changed it by deed poll in 1991 to Lord Toby Jug.

What brings you to the Fens?

We’re looking to form a branch of the eccentric party in this area. We believe there are a lot of eccentrics in the closet and we want them to come out of the closet and join the most sensible party in the country. We’re the only party that actually admits to being mad – all the other parties don’t. We are the only honest party.

Tell us about your party’s policies.

We’re going to turn the whole area into Funland, rather than Fenland. It will become a Disneyland style theme park bringing total employment, and all MP’s and politicians who live here can be used as waiters. So we can throw bread rolls at them.

What are your pet hates? Other political parties, Costa Coffee, middle aged blokes in pubs wearing replica football shirts with their belly hanging out cheering their team on embarrassingly, non-recyclable election leaflets and reality TV – it’s full of false people, they’re nothing but attention seekers.

What do you do when you’re not being Lord Toby Jug? I’m a musician, teach bass guitar, lecture at universities and, of course, run the party.

What’s the most sensible thing you’ve done in your life? I’ve never done anything sensible in my life. I don’t conform to anything that people could see as normality. I dance to the beat of a different drum.

What motto do you live your life by? A laugh a day keeps the asylum away.

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