Candidate applying to run for Brexit Party urges Farage to represent penny-farthing riders

PUBLISHED: 15:19 23 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:33 23 April 2019

Penny-farthing bicycles are ridden across Waterloo Bridge in London. Photograph: Anthony Upton/PA.

Penny-farthing bicycles are ridden across Waterloo Bridge in London. Photograph: Anthony Upton/PA.

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A penny-farthing enthusiast wants to be given a job by Nigel Farage in his Brexit Party so it can speak for those that ride on two wheels.

Alan Price brought his red-wheeled bike with a black skull-shaped headlamp along to a press conference for the Brexit Party.

The 65-year-old, who lives in Battersea, is hoping to become a candidate in elections and is appealing to the leader to be the party's two-wheel spokesman representing cyclists, motorcyclists... and penny-farthings.

Penny-farthings, the precursor to the modern bicycle, were popular in the 1870s are now a rarity on roads nowadays.

Price, a former helicopter pilot, told the Press Association he wanted to represent the 35 million bikers, bicyclists and penny-farthing riders in the UK who he claims had been “harassed and excessively regulated” by the EU.

“We as a group are massively in support of Brexit,” he said, adding that bikers had been “incensed” by an EU tax on motorcycle tyres.

Price said he had not previously taken much interest in political parties, and being “slightly to the right of Genghis Khan” made finding a political home difficult, but he had “voted Tory in the past”.

However, the failure to deliver Brexit meant he was now planning to campaign for Farage's new party and stand “if I am approved”.

He said: “Democracy has failed to work because we voted out and we want out.

“I have a personal interest in excessive taxation and bicycle tyres but there are also plenty of other laws about kettles and everything else.

“I'm excited now that democracy may rule in the UK because it clearly has not been ruling in recent times.”

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