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General Election 2019: Meet the Exeter Dame swapping Pantomime for Parliament

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Meet the Dame from Exeter who decided to swap Panto for Parliament this election.

Daniel Page's performance was cancelled for the ballot count to take place overnight in the Corn Exchange - so the thespian decided to run for the seat himself.

I just thought: "That's it! Done. I'm standing in the election and let's see what's going to happen".

– Daniel Page, Indepdent candidate for Exeter and Panto Dame

Daniel, also known as Dame Belladone, did a good job upstaging the other candidates at the count, with a few costume changes to keep the crowd entertained.

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The independent candidate said there are a fair few similarities between treading the boards and running for Parliament.

"This is the first time in history the voting public has had the opportunity to show pantomime dames the respect they deserve".

He added: "Westminster is full of the baddies and the goodies all booing and hissing all over each other".

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Get the full results for the West Country.

The Dame's efforts were not all in vain either. Labour MP Ben Bradshaw might have held the seat in Exeter, but Daniel won the hearts of 306 voters.

Dame Belladone even managed to beat the UKIP candidate who came in last with 259 votes.

Who says politics can't be fun?