Campaign cost put Kelvin MacKenzie off by-election

Kelvin MacKenzie uses his Sun column today to explain some of reasons that he cut short his plan to stand against David Davis in the upcoming Haltemprice and Howden by-election.

Besides his gaffe about Hull being an “absolute shocker” and some unflattering poll results, the former Sun editor says the major sticking point was the cost of the campaign.

“The clincher for me was the money. Clearly The Sun couldn’t put up the cash – so I was going to have to rustle up a maximum of £100,000 to conduct my campaign as candidate for the Red Mist Party,” MacKenzie writes.

“Right now, with a divorce behind me and a couple of poor investments – I’m sure the C5 will catch on one day – a hundred grand looks more attractive in my wallet than being spent on the good folk of East Riding.”

Instead, MacKenzie urges voters to back fruit-and-veg stallholder Eamon Fitzpatrick in the election.

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