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Al Murray prepares to stand against Ukip's Nigel Farage

Al Murray will hand in his nomination papers today at Thanet District Council's offices in Margate, Kent Credit: PA

Comedian Al Murray will submit his nomination papers today as he bids to stand against Ukip leader Nigel Farage in South Thanet.

The 46-year-old "Pub Landlord" plans to stand for his newly-formed Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP).

When he launched an action plan back in January, Murray included a pledge that the UK will leave Europe by 2025 "and the edge of the Solar System by 2050".


Unlikely cousins: the PM and the 'Pub Landlord' Al Murray

'Pub Landlord' comic Al Murray's lesser known cousin is in fact David Cameron.

Records showing the Prime Minister is a distant cousin of Murray have turned up after millions of files detailing Britain's history in India were put online.

Prime Minister David Cameron and pub landlord comic Al Murray.

Around 2.5 million files from the India Office, dating from 1698 to 1947 and including wills and wedding certificates, have been made available.

They include files about John Talbot Shakespear, a senior civil servant in the East India Company, and David Cameron's great-great-great-great-grandfather.

He was also the uncle of Vanity Fair author William Makepeace Thackeray, who is Murray's great-great-great-grandfather - making the pair distant cousins.

The records include baptism forms for some of his children, an inventory of his possessions and his will of his fortune at around £57 million in today's money. The files also include baptism records of writers Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell, who were both born in what was then British India.

Speaking to The Times, Murray was initially sceptical

“By this reckoning, we’re all related to David Cameron,” he said.

“Five times removed puts us on the same planet, surely?”

“What I’d like to see from cousin Dave is less vanity and more fair, and to take instant action to save the British pub.

He added: "I would rather make my name than inherit it.”