Loony leader Lord Toby Jug is set to throw his hat into the ring to stand as Cambridgeshire’s first police and crime commissioner.
But Lord Toby, leader of the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire branch of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, has said he will be needing his hat back again because the topper used to belong to party founder Screaming Lord Sutch.
Lord Toby, a musician from St Ives, said: “I have checked it out with Huntingdonshire District Council and it will go ahead.
I think I would do a very good job and I will go for it because it is open to everybody and people have the right to vote for an official Loony candidate.”
He said the £5,000 deposit was being paid by bookmakers William Hill.
Lord Toby, who has contested numerous elections as a Loony, said: “I used to drink with all the top villains in the East End of London so I know more about crime than the other candidates.
“The first thing I would do is to wake up all the sleeping policemen and put them back on the beat.”
Lord Toby is also set to contest seats on St Ives Town Council and Huntingdonshire District Council, where he will take on council leader Cllr Jason Ablewhite.
Former Huntingdonshire District Councillor Paul Dakers also plans to stand as commissioner in November, a job which carries responsibility for appointing the chief constable and determining local police priorities.
Ruth Rodgers, chairman of Cambridgeshire Police Authority has declared her intention to stand as Labour candidate and former Cambridgeshire County Council leader Shona Johnstone is a contender for the Conservative nomination.