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I won't claim MP expenses, says David Van Day

The Argus: David Van Day David Van Day

David Van Day yesterday claimed "you don't have to be a brain surgeon to be an MP" as he launched his Parliamentary quest.

The pop singer and reality TV star is considering standing for election in Mid Bedfordshire in response to the expenses scandal.

Mr Van Day, 52, from Brighton, said: "MPs have had it too good for too long. They have taken too many liberties."

The former Dollar frontman said he was 85% certain he would stand against Nadine Dorries, the Conservative MP disowned by David Cameron after claiming the publication of the expenses had been torture.

He said he wanted to go to the constituency and gauge local opinion towards him standing under the banner of his own No Expenses Party.

Mr Van Day, who once ran a burger stall at Churchill Square shopping centre in Brighton, said: "There's no reason why I couldn't be elected.

"Being an MP is not rocket science you don't need to be a brain surgeon.

"Most of it is common sense, which most of the time you see a lack of.

"All I can do is offer them my services and not charge them for it.

"I would charge nothing at all in expenses and I wouldn't claim for a second home."

Mr Van Day has dabbled in politics in the past, standing unsuccessfully for a seat on Brighton and Hove City Council in the East Brighton ward.

He returned to fame last year during a high profile stint in I m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

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3:16pm Tue 26 May 09

Bobster says...

Go on DVD - go for it! Proof indeed that we could do no worse than the current criminal crop.
Go on DVD - go for it! Proof indeed that we could do no worse than the current criminal crop. Bobster
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3:16pm Tue 26 May 09

MarcoPolo says...

This is depressing. A sad day for politics when cretins think they can become MPs. "Being an MP is not rocket science you don't need to be a brain surgeon." A hopeless mixed metaphor but fails to recognise that you do need to have some political ideas, be organised, smart and dedicated. Day confuses being an MP with being a D-list celebrity.
This is depressing. A sad day for politics when cretins think they can become MPs. "Being an MP is not rocket science you don't need to be a brain surgeon." A hopeless mixed metaphor but fails to recognise that you do need to have some political ideas, be organised, smart and dedicated. Day confuses being an MP with being a D-list celebrity. MarcoPolo
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3:29pm Tue 26 May 09

Osama bin there says...

'I won't claim MPs expenses' says David van Day.

Too right you won't. You aren't an MP, and the british public has far too much sense to vote you in.

Now please go away with your windtunnel stretched face and leave us alone.
'I won't claim MPs expenses' says David van Day. Too right you won't. You aren't an MP, and the british public has far too much sense to vote you in. Now please go away with your windtunnel stretched face and leave us alone. Osama bin there
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3:32pm Tue 26 May 09

RickH says...

Is this the same 80s washed-up has-been who was reported in this every paper on 20th May ie 6 days ago as saying "After his defeat in the May 2007 Brighton and Hove City Council elections, Van Day said he had no intention of following in Ms Rantzen's steps."! Whilst we all change our minds from time-to-time, this is really rather like jumping on a band-wagon. Any idiot who votes for this failed Tory-boy deserves what comes their way!
Is this the same 80s washed-up has-been who was reported in this every paper on 20th May ie 6 days ago as saying "After his defeat in the May 2007 Brighton and Hove City Council elections, Van Day said he had no intention of following in Ms Rantzen's steps."! Whilst we all change our minds from time-to-time, this is really rather like jumping on a band-wagon. Any idiot who votes for this failed Tory-boy deserves what comes their way! RickH
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3:36pm Tue 26 May 09

Abrightonian says...

Thank god he isn't going to stand in Brighton and Hove.
Thank god he isn't going to stand in Brighton and Hove. Abrightonian
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3:43pm Tue 26 May 09

censored says...

He really is quite stupid, isn't he? His whole campaign seems to be "any idiot can be an MP, so vote for this idiot".

Brilliant
He really is quite stupid, isn't he? His whole campaign seems to be "any idiot can be an MP, so vote for this idiot". Brilliant censored
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3:48pm Tue 26 May 09

stan bailey says...

he is a media junkie. Has nothing intelligent to say
he is a media junkie. Has nothing intelligent to say stan bailey
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4:01pm Tue 26 May 09

Randy Lahey says...

you certainly don't need to be a brain surgeon.

However;
you DO have to have some degree of intelligence, and if the live on-air dumping fiasco is anything to go by, Mr Van Day suffers from a serious lack thereof.

It's quite funny - i'm sure the people of Bedfordshire will sleep safe in the knowledge that their constituency is being fought over by a thief and a man holding a record for longest ever attempt at a comeback to the media spotlight.
you certainly don't need to be a brain surgeon. However; you DO have to have some degree of intelligence, and if the live on-air dumping fiasco is anything to go by, Mr Van Day suffers from a serious lack thereof. It's quite funny - i'm sure the people of Bedfordshire will sleep safe in the knowledge that their constituency is being fought over by a thief and a man holding a record for longest ever attempt at a comeback to the media spotlight. Randy Lahey
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4:09pm Tue 26 May 09

Jim BB says...

Okay, I want a cut of his salary as I actually suggested he stand opposite the dreadful Nadine Dorries when he was quoted as supporting Esther Rantzen!

As I used to live in Mid-Beds under the 'reign' of the appalling Dorries, I genuinely wish DVD all the very best and can guarantee no one will ever be as bad as her, no matter how many homes they claim!
Okay, I want a cut of his salary as I actually suggested he stand opposite the dreadful Nadine Dorries when he was quoted as supporting Esther Rantzen! As I used to live in Mid-Beds under the 'reign' of the appalling Dorries, I genuinely wish DVD all the very best and can guarantee no one will ever be as bad as her, no matter how many homes they claim! Jim BB
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4:20pm Tue 26 May 09

chusan says...

I think he needs a brain surgeon to try and sort him out!!
I think he needs a brain surgeon to try and sort him out!! chusan
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4:21pm Tue 26 May 09

jonathon says...

This must be a joke.
This must be a joke. jonathon
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4:24pm Tue 26 May 09

Andre Spooner says...

My horse would be a better MP!
My horse would be a better MP! Andre Spooner
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5:02pm Tue 26 May 09

Conor says...

Arrggh! How long before Katie Price and Peter Wozzisname make similar announcements?
Arrggh! How long before Katie Price and Peter Wozzisname make similar announcements? Conor
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5:18pm Tue 26 May 09

Bobster says...

Oh really - don't you watch any tv? I am not seriously suggesting he'd make a good mp but if you really think most mps "have some political ideas, be organised, smart and dedicated" then you are in a dream world. Hopeless, theiving freeloaders without the intelligence to do anything other than jump on the idiot gravy train.

At the start of the expenses scandal they all came out saying 'it's a tiny minority of us'. Well, sorry, but the list now stands at 57 and it's still rising. If nearly 10% of YOUR employees were on the fiddle I don't think you'd brush it under the carpet as a minority.

This eye opener has been a long time coming. The only tragedy is - who the hell is there left to vote for?
Oh really - don't you watch any tv? I am not seriously suggesting he'd make a good mp but if you really think most mps "have some political ideas, be organised, smart and dedicated" then you are in a dream world. Hopeless, theiving freeloaders without the intelligence to do anything other than jump on the idiot gravy train. At the start of the expenses scandal they all came out saying 'it's a tiny minority of us'. Well, sorry, but the list now stands at 57 and it's still rising. If nearly 10% of YOUR employees were on the fiddle I don't think you'd brush it under the carpet as a minority. This eye opener has been a long time coming. The only tragedy is - who the hell is there left to vote for? Bobster
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5:20pm Tue 26 May 09

Bobster says...

Bobster wrote:
Oh really - don't you watch any tv? I am not seriously suggesting he'd make a good mp but if you really think most mps "have some political ideas, be organised, smart and dedicated" then you are in a dream world. Hopeless, theiving freeloaders without the intelligence to do anything other than jump on the idiot gravy train. At the start of the expenses scandal they all came out saying 'it's a tiny minority of us'. Well, sorry, but the list now stands at 57 and it's still rising. If nearly 10% of YOUR employees were on the fiddle I don't think you'd brush it under the carpet as a minority. This eye opener has been a long time coming. The only tragedy is - who the hell is there left to vote for?
I'll just correct my own typo befor Bibble does. Thieving.
[quote][p][bold]Bobster[/bold] wrote: Oh really - don't you watch any tv? I am not seriously suggesting he'd make a good mp but if you really think most mps "have some political ideas, be organised, smart and dedicated" then you are in a dream world. Hopeless, theiving freeloaders without the intelligence to do anything other than jump on the idiot gravy train. At the start of the expenses scandal they all came out saying 'it's a tiny minority of us'. Well, sorry, but the list now stands at 57 and it's still rising. If nearly 10% of YOUR employees were on the fiddle I don't think you'd brush it under the carpet as a minority. This eye opener has been a long time coming. The only tragedy is - who the hell is there left to vote for?[/p][/quote]I'll just correct my own typo befor Bibble does. Thieving. Bobster
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6:23pm Tue 26 May 09

Hugh Rinall says...

We've had the incompetents and criminals, surely we're not going to have bimbo celebs and junkies thrust upon us!
We've had the incompetents and criminals, surely we're not going to have bimbo celebs and junkies thrust upon us! Hugh Rinall
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6:42pm Tue 26 May 09

Guerrero says...

Maybe he could be Mayor of London.
He reminds me of Boris Johnson.
Maybe he could be Mayor of London. He reminds me of Boris Johnson. Guerrero
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7:31pm Tue 26 May 09

custard custard says...

"There's no reason why I couldn't be elected "

What an idiot !!

or to quote the great Buzz Lightyear

You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity
"There's no reason why I couldn't be elected " What an idiot !! or to quote the great Buzz Lightyear You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity custard custard
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7:50pm Tue 26 May 09

bugmenot says...

Are there no dodgy MPs in the Scottish highlands he could challenge? Or obscure towns in Yorkshire? Or on the Lost island?



Are there no dodgy MPs in the Scottish highlands he could challenge? Or obscure towns in Yorkshire? Or on the Lost island? bugmenot
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9:31pm Tue 26 May 09

puddingandpi says...

TW@T!
TW@T! puddingandpi
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11:47pm Tue 26 May 09

DoWeHavTo says...

There may be a cult of celebrity in this country but there are limits to which we will not stoop.

Better to elect Katie Price than DVD - she's got a better business brain.
There may be a cult of celebrity in this country but there are limits to which we will not stoop. Better to elect Katie Price than DVD - she's got a better business brain. DoWeHavTo
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11:58pm Tue 26 May 09

Guerrero says...

Celebrity cage fighting.
DVD v Boris Johnson.
I'd pay setanta to watch that.
Vanessa Feltz v Fern Britton.
Full contact.Winner gets a daytime tv slot.
Imagine the agression.
Loser gets to be Home Secretary.
Celebrity cage fighting. DVD v Boris Johnson. I'd pay setanta to watch that. Vanessa Feltz v Fern Britton. Full contact.Winner gets a daytime tv slot. Imagine the agression. Loser gets to be Home Secretary. Guerrero
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12:35am Wed 27 May 09

chris@chrisgray.net says...

he is only after the money. public office is a thing not to be taken in jest.

if the burger van fails try Parliament....

he is just jumping on the gravey waggon.
he is only after the money. public office is a thing not to be taken in jest. if the burger van fails try Parliament.... he is just jumping on the gravey waggon. chris@chrisgray.net
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1:54am Wed 27 May 09

deanaprior says...

One more DVD story I'll never buy the Argus again. Please print something interesting
One more DVD story I'll never buy the Argus again. Please print something interesting deanaprior
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7:55am Wed 27 May 09

Giles says...

The day Van Day takes his seat in parliament will be the same day the Albion play back at the Goldstone
The day Van Day takes his seat in parliament will be the same day the Albion play back at the Goldstone Giles
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10:20am Wed 27 May 09

Jim BB says...

DoWeHavTo wrote:
There may be a cult of celebrity in this country but there are limits to which we will not stoop.

Better to elect Katie Price than DVD - she's got a better business brain.
Didn't Katie stand in the last election for Manchester when she became Katie again and not Jordan?

From what I remember, she didn't quite understand what she was doing - unlike her meticulously PRed split from Peter.
[quote][p][bold]DoWeHavTo[/bold] wrote: There may be a cult of celebrity in this country but there are limits to which we will not stoop. Better to elect Katie Price than DVD - she's got a better business brain.[/p][/quote]Didn't Katie stand in the last election for Manchester when she became Katie again and not Jordan? From what I remember, she didn't quite understand what she was doing - unlike her meticulously PRed split from Peter. Jim BB
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10:28am Wed 27 May 09

Voice of the silent Majority says...

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
Oh he really is as stupid as he acts, i feel sorry for his family
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Oh he really is as stupid as he acts, i feel sorry for his family Voice of the silent Majority
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10:52am Wed 27 May 09

domcom says...

A real newspaper would ask what his policies are rather than just report he "once ran a burger stall".
A real newspaper would ask what his policies are rather than just report he "once ran a burger stall". domcom
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11:01am Wed 27 May 09

Tye says...

Bobster wrote:
Go on DVD - go for it! Proof indeed that we could do no worse than the current criminal crop.
A dozen at most "MAY" be criminal so all the 645 are branded crooks - I hope there aren't any drug dealers in your street otherwise you'll end up in Jail if the Cops use your argument.

PS Don't show any more pictures of this man - It makes my kids have nightmares (and this is after the plastic surgey)
[quote][p][bold]Bobster[/bold] wrote: Go on DVD - go for it! Proof indeed that we could do no worse than the current criminal crop. [/p][/quote]A dozen at most "MAY" be criminal so all the 645 are branded crooks - I hope there aren't any drug dealers in your street otherwise you'll end up in Jail if the Cops use your argument. PS Don't show any more pictures of this man - It makes my kids have nightmares (and this is after the plastic surgey) Tye
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11:41am Wed 27 May 09

hove says...

I'd like to hear his policies please.
I saw DVD in Hove on Sunday....wearing a Dollar t shirt! Hhah.
I'd like to hear his policies please. I saw DVD in Hove on Sunday....wearing a Dollar t shirt! Hhah. hove
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3:52pm Mon 1 Jun 09

Mr. Kipling says...

I would like to hear his policies. Having said that, I suppose he can`t do any worse than the current lot.
I would like to hear his policies. Having said that, I suppose he can`t do any worse than the current lot. Mr. Kipling
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