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Comedian Eddie Izzard planning to run for Mayor of London

Eddie Izzard: The future Mayor of London? Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Eddie Izzard has said he is ready to take the flak for wanting to pursue a career in politics.

The comedian is seeking the Labour nomination for Mayor of London in 2019, and hopes to stand as MP if he does not get the endorsement. Speaking to the Radio Times, he said:

People say, 'Well, you're a bit woolly' and 'You're really not informed'; 'You're not this' and 'You're not that'.

But I realise those attacks are going to happen and you have to push through to get to a better place.

The 51-year-old, who previously campaigned for for Ken Livingstone to be mayor, criticised current Mayor Boris Johnson: "Boris is really all about Boris," he said.

Izzard added:

You know, the whole Boris bike thing is crazy.

It was Ken's idea, he saw cycles for hire in France and wanted to set it up, but no-one seems to mention that.

It's 'Ken cycles' not "Boris bikes'.

Talking about Baroness Thatcher, he said:

I hated the 80s and I hated the politics and I really didn't like her.

I'm all for get-up-and-go and she did have energy, but throwing people on the scrapheap of life is what she did, and she seemed to revel in it as well.

People have to have a heart. She was endlessly good friends with Pinochet, who we know was a murderer and a torturer.

And she said Nelson Mandela was part of a terrorist organisation and that if the ANC think they're going to be running the country, they are in cloud-cuckoo-land.

That sums up Margaret Thatcher for me.

Next year Izzard will return to South Africa to complete his latest running challenge, a 27 marathons in 27 days tribute to Nelson Mandela to mark the 27 years he spent in prison.

Eddie Izzard will run 27 marathons in 27 days to mark the number of years Nelson Mandela spent in prison Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

The star had to pull out last year after the fourth event because of health complications.

"I'm not stopping until at some point I do achieve 27 marathons in 27 days. I know I can do it," he said.

In 2009, Izzard completed 43 marathons in 51 days to raise money for Sport Relief.