Newham's Lord Toby Jug 'standing for Ukip leadership'
PUBLISHED: 12:36 12 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:50 12 October 2016
The leader of the Eccentric Party has said he is standing for the top job in Ukip.
Lord Toby Jug, who was born in Forest Gate and raised in Newham, joined the anti-EU party on Friday – and already wants to replace Diane James as leader following the end of her 18-day reign.
“I think I’m the best qualified, since I was a schoolboy boxing champion at West Ham Boxing Club just in case there’s any more fisticuffs,” Lord Jug, a former pupil of Rokeby School in Barking Road, Canning Town, said.
He added: “I think the Eccentric Party of Great Britain stands more chance of being elected in at the next general election in 2020 than UKIP, especially if they chose Nigel Farage for leader again.”
Lord Jug said he was “stunned” to find his application to join Ukip had not been rejected.
“When they saw the name Lord Toby Jug they must have automatically thought I was obviously a very sensible chap,” he said.
“I have joined the party and now I am getting bombarded with their election leaflets every day.”
The political veteran – who once lived in John Barnes Walk, between Maryland and Forest Gate – has been contesting elections for decades, initially for the Monster Raving Loony Party.
He has previously met interim Ukip leader Nigel Farage by-elections across the country, and in July told the Recorder he is simply a “fruitcake”.
On October 20, Lord Jug will contest the by-election being held in David Cameron’s former Witney constituency.