Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson is considering standing in the British general election, it was reported today.
The 70-year-old is on the verge of taking the plunge in protest at a prospective Labour candidate, Londoner Luciana Berger, 28, being “parachuted” into the Liverpool Wavertree constituency. Current MP Jane Kennedy is standing down.
If he makes the move, Tomlinson would stand for the Socialist Labour Party, of which he is a member, led by Arthur Scargill, former president of the National Union of Mineworkers.
Tomlinson told the Liverpool Daily Post the final decision would be made on his candidacy at a party meeting next week.
He criticised Miss Berger for a lack of local knowledge after she admitted not knowing who Bill Shankly was or who performed 'Ferry Cross The Mersey'.
If selected, he said his campaign slogan might be “Berger? My arse”, in reference to TV character Joe Royle’s notorious catchphrase.
Tomlinson told the paper: “This woman that they have parachuted in from London could not even answer some easy questions about Liverpool.
“It reminds me of when Labour parachuted Shaun Woodward into St Helens. At one time, Liverpool had a contingent of working class MPs like Eric Heffer.
“People say ... you could be letting the Tories in. But there is no difference between the Conservatives and new Labour. If I get nominated, it would be an awful cut in wages. But I just think the state of British politics is abhorrent.
“I have got a lot of time and respect for (Liverpool Labour leader) Joe Anderson. I just can’t understand why they have picked someone from London. It just does not make sense to me. I will be discussing this with the committee next week.”