Eddie Izzard stamped on Nigel Farage’s use of Monty Python quotes during a recent party broadcast, suggesting Ukip voters won’t understand the humour. The Labour-supporting comedian responded to the Ukip leader’s opening gambit during Thursday’s broadcast with the words "And now for something completely different."
Izzard, speaking during a campaign visit to Halesowen and Rowley Regis on Friday, said: "If Nigel Farage is setting himself up as a funnyman I don't think that's really going to work. I don't think by pretending to be Monty Python he's going to actually get anywhere because people who actually like Monty Python are people who are not going to vote for the UK Independence Party."
He added: Running and hiding from Europe is not going to change anything. You've got to be engaged in Europe to change it. It's not going anywhere. If we pull out of Europe, Europe's not going to disappear off into the ether."
Izzard also gave strong if partisan opinion on the leader’s debate, claiming "David Cameron sort of faded away towards the end.”
He continued: "Do we really want a Prime Minister who is actually scared of debating the facts and going head to head with Ed Miliband? I believe the Labour Party fights for fairness and I feel fairness is really what you want in life. And I think if the Tory Party really wanted fairness, they would join the Labour Party."
Izzard, lending his support to Labour candidate Stephanie Peacock's efforts to overturn the 2,023-majority secured by Tory James Morris in 2010, posed for pictures with local voters and a pet Chihuahua during a town centre walkabout.