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Al Murray ‘too heavy’ for skydive

Al Murray outside Dreamland amusement park in MargateAl Murray formed the Free United Kingdom Party to contest the South Thanet seat

Comedian Al Murray, who is standing for parliament in his guise as The Pub Landlord, has been forced to cancel a parachute jump because he is too heavy.

The 46-year-old was expected to land at Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent before addressing constituents in Sandwich.

Murray is contesting the South Thanet seat in Kent in the general election for the Free United Kingdom Party.

“It seems that I am too heavy to jump. Yet another tragic victim of this country’s obesity epidemic,” he said.

He will be standing against UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the general election.

‘Political heavyweight’

In a statement, Murray, whose character is based around a love for all things British, said: “My life is being held back by health and safety gone mad.

“Gone are the days that a British citizen could throw themselves out of a plane regardless of the risk.”

“I hope, however, that this settles once and for all the issue of whether I am a political heavyweight.”

He complained about being weighed on metric scales, adding that they proved conclusively the “dead hand of Brussels” on the British way of life.

Al Murray on scalesMr Murray said he was ‘another tragic victim of the country’s obesity epidemic’

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