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Monday, 6 March 2006

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In a stunning electoral upset, the small burrough of Nowherecester, Rutland has, for the first time in British history, elected a non-existant person to represent them in Parliament.

Nowherecester, long known as the capital of British political apathy, has elected Monty Python to Parliament. Monty Python, the comedy troupe founded almost forty years ago by John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, American Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Graham Chapman (deceased), produced some fo the zaniest and funniest comedy in the history of the world over three years on the television programme Monty Python's Flying Circus on the BBC and three feature films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), The Life of Brian (1979), and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.

The write-in "candidate" defeated another fictional "person," boy wizard Harry Potter, and incumbent Conservative MP, Rupert F Jones.

None of the Pythons were available for comment.

"We were, like, 'people don't care anyways, so lets put out a fun write-in campaign'," says Edward "Two-Sheds" MacKenzie, who claims he organized the Monty Python campaign. MacKenzie added added that "We never expected 'im to win."

"You [expletive deleated], you stole our idea," said John A "Fred" Williams, who helped to organize the Harry Potter campaign. He claims that he and his friends started the "elect-a-fictional-character" idea in Nowherecester.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling was unable to be reached.

Many in Nowherecester feel that Harry Potter would make a bad MP anyways, being only 16 (in the novels) and busy fighting his archnemesis, Lord Voldemort. Some Python fans hope to see the real Pythons in parliament.

"Wouldn't it be wicked if John Cleese was appointed the real Minister for Silly Walks?" said Nowherecesterian Archie Frank. "Or if the Pantomine Horse made a speech in the House of Commons?"

Many have decried the election as false and illegal, in part because they say that it mocked the democratic process.

"If we don't protect real, decent government from these practical jokers, then what is to become of our nation when everyone is apathetic and refuses to lift a finger for their rights?" asked incumbent MP Rupert Jones.

A special Parliamentary commitee will convene tomorrow to determine the legality of the election and how Nowherecester should be represented in the House of Commons.

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