In an increasingly celebrity-obsessed society, political parties are desperate for big-name backers. Here we take a look at some famous faces who’ve pledged their support to Ukip.
Former Match Of The Day presenter Des Lynam publically endorsed Ukip in 2013. As a show of support for the party he penned his own lyrics to the 1970s song Send In The Clowns, giving them a pro-Ukip flavour. This was in response to comments made by Conservative politician Ken Clarke who described Nigel Farage’s party as “fruitcakes, loonies, waifs and strays”.
For anyone under the age of 30, Mike Read was a popular DJ on Radio 1 back in the 1980s. Nowadays he’s a keen Ukip supporter. Like Lynam, he too wrote a song, recording the Ukip Calypso in October 2014. Read adopted a faux-Jamaican accent for the song, which included the lyrics: “Leaders committed a cardinal sin, opened the borders let them all come in”.
For anyone under the age of 30, Joan Collins was a hugely glamorous TV star in the 80s, playing super-bitch Alexis Carrington in US soap opera Dynasty. Joan has a peculiar relationship with the anti-EU party. She became a patron of Ukip in 2004 but in an interview with the Spectator magazine that same year said “it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m going to vote that way.”
For anyone under the age of 30 (do you see a pattern developing here?) Rustie Lee was a celebrity chef in the 80s. She joined Nigel Farage’s party in 2004 and stood for Parliament as a Ukip candidate in 2005. She finished fifth in the Wyre Forest constituency.
Ex-England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has given Ukip his backing. He told the Yorkshire Post: “I am not a political animal. But I am concerned at the way governments of all colours have handed powers to Brussels without the British people having a say in the matter.”