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Des Lynam Backs Ukip, Rewrites 'Send In The Clowns' Song For Party

10/05/2013 12:33 BST | Updated 10/05/2013 12:36 BST
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Des Lynam At The Bbc Sports Personality Awards In Liverpool. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Fresh from their victories in last week's local elections, Ukip has received the celebrity backing of former Match of the Day presenter Des Lynam.

Lynam said on Friday: "I was delighted to cast my vote for Nigel Farage's team in Sussex, where I live."

The BBC TV legend has also, rather bizarrely, decided to rewrite the song 'Send in the Clowns'. The party will use the new version at its South East conference on 8 June.

Senior Tories including Ken Clarke famously dismissed Ukip as "clowns" in the run-up to the elections. Following the eurosceptic's stunning capture of 25% of the vote, Farage quipped it was time to "send in the clowns".

The Ukip leader complained that his party had been "abused" by the other political parties who had been left "shocked and stunned" by the rise of the insurgent party.

Des Lynam's 'Send in the Clowns' for Ukip:

We used to be rich

Now we are not

But here at last there’s a chance

To stop the all rot

Send in the Clowns.

Isn’t it bliss?

Don’t you approve?

They just kept tearing around

But they wouldn’t move

We need the clowns

Send in the clowns.

They’d never stopped

Opening our doors

Now you are learning

The vote that we wanted was yours

We’ll make our entrance again

With unusual flair

Sure of our lines

Well be right there.

We’ve had the farce

Their fault I fear

We know that you want what we want

No need to fear

They call us the clowns.

So send in the clowns

And give us a cheer.

What a surprise

Who could have thought

You’d come to feel about things

We felt you ought

Only now will they see

You’ve drifted our way

No surprise now

It’s no cliché

Isn’t it strange

Now they have fear

They’ve lost their timing this late

In their careers

And where are the clowns

Quick, send in the clowns.

Don’t bother we're here.