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Brian May Is Thinking About Standing For Parliament

The Queen guitarist believes British politics is "failing the electorate".

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Queen rocker Brian May is considering standing as an independent MP in the general election.

The musician, 67, is well known for his animal rights campaigns and opposition to the badger cull. His agent, Phil Symes, told BuzzFeed News that May might run for parliament as part of his Common Decency project. Symes said:

Brian is currently on tour with Queen and unable to comment personally. He has been asked on many occasions to stand as an MP and has considered it fully.

On most occasions to date he has decided his endeavours in relation to parliament are best served through currently standing MPs. However as the political climate changes, Brian's frustration at a system that he sees as failing the electorate may be the deciding factor.

The Common Decency campaign has been set up to support the electorate in their decision-making process and once returned from tour Brian will be campaigning with Common Decency.

When he announced the campaign in January, May said he was inspired by the "current powerlessness of the vast majority of British people and the desperate state of parliament".

May owns a wildlife sanctuary in the village of Bere Regis in Dorset – prompting speculation that he might stand for Mid Dorset and Poole, where Liberal Democrat MP Annette Brooke is standing down.

Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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