Brian May: I could support UKIP candidates at the election


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23 March 2015 by Matthew Holehouse

The Queen guitarist has launched a campaign calling for MPs to be free-minded and not to be swayed by party whips

Queen guitarist Brian May said he; “… wouldn’t be averse to backing a Ukip guy whom we regard as a pillar of decency.”

Brian May - Badger Poster launch
Photo: Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph

Photo: Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph

Brian May, the guitarist from Queen, may endorse Ukip candidates in the General Election.

Mr May will today [Tue 24 March] launch a campaign [Common Decency] to support free-minded MPs and candidates in a bid to revive Parliamentary democracy and undermine the power of party whips. He will fund some campaigns from his private fortune.

The catalyst was his campaign against the badger cull, in which he found MPs privately supported him but were unable to vote against the government. Mr May said he would endorse Caroline Lucas, the Green MP; Liberal Democrat Andrew George; and Tories Henry Smith and Tracey Crouch. He said he does not like Nigel Farage’s “distasteful” views, but said he would be open to supporting Ukip candidates if they uphold his ambition of acting “decently, transparently and accountably” once they are elected. “I wouldn’t be averse to backing a Ukip guy whom we regard as a pillar of decency.”

Mr May said he is concerned by social inequality, and would happily pay Labour’s mansion tax on his large Surrey home. “I’d be happy to pay more tax to a system if it makes it more fair,” he said.