COUNCIL candidates pioneered a new way of getting their party message across to voters – they rapped their manifestos live on radio.

Hip-hop hopefuls from the Conservatives, Lib Dems, and Labour appeared on a BBC show, Politix and Chill, show to perform their songs, with one of the candidates generously compared to Drake by a presenter.

Tory Joe Miller, Brighton and Hove city councillor for Rottingdean, kicked off the first – and some hope last – edition of “Fire In The Polling Booth” saying “man’s gonna help” the people of Brighton.

“Brighton, Brighton and Hove, actually, it’s the best place in Britain, factually,” spat Cllr Miller.

The 24-year-old, who hopes to retain his seat in the May elections, also took aim at national politics and Brexit.

He said: “About May’s deal, how do I feel, I’ll keep it real, it’s not ideal.

“I don’t want tax on feta though, so there ain’t anything better yo.”

Labour’s Johnbosco Nwogbo, a member of the Local Campaign Forum, went for a simpler style, beginning every line with “Vote Labour” as he rapped over instrumentals from hip-hop star Dave.

Mr Nwogbo is not standing for election but is on the campaign trail, said voting for the party would “stop austerity in its tracks” and “take bold action on climate change”.

Ashley Ridley, Lib Dem candidate for Hollingdean and Stanmer, was compared to hip-hop megastar Drake by co-presenter Suga Roy after his Brexit-fuelled rap finished off the show.

He repeated demands for an “exit from Brexit” and said politics in Brighton couldn’t be anymore crazy.

“Sixty eight per cent of this town voted to Remain,” rapped Mr Ridley.

“I was promised unicorns and flying pigs and a pot of gold.

“Instead we’ve got a massive bill even though this country was sold.”

The Lib Dem also commented on Brighton’s housing crisis, claiming his friends lived in Worthing and Hassocks because the situation in Brighton was “just awful”.

He later said he was considering trying his new rapping tactic on the doorstep to “make it more interesting” to voters.

Cllr Miller said he enjoyed doing the show.

He said: “It’s very creative, when you grow up you miss that creativity but this brings it back.”

Labour candidate Mr Nwogbo said it was hard to fit his party’s manifesto promises into short lines.

“It was extremely difficult. You think of manifestos as being in full sentences, so it’s hard to break it up.”