Notorious Megaphone man to stand as Lib Dem candidate in general election
One of the most annoying, yet memorable, components of any political broadcast in Westminster in recent years has been the booming voice of a protestor talking through a megaphone.
These rants from an anti-Brexit campaigner have become almost legendary, disrupting interviews, dominating debates and requiring TV producers to move their camera positions endlessly.
Up until now the voice has been an anonymous wall of barely distinguishable, although audible, words. However, in a strange twist of events, as seems wholly feasible in these extraordinary political times, it seems that not only has the voice behind the megaphone emerged as a person, but furthermore as a man who intends to run for parliament as a Liberal Democrat in the general election.
Steve Bray, is the name of the ardent pro-European and there can be little doubt what he believes in, after his dedication to protesting outside parliament daily since September 2017.
Although some have accused Jo Swinson of using this as a cheap publicity stunt, there are few who would argue with his conviction or dedication.
Mr Bray will be fighting to win the Cyan Valley seat in south Wales, a seat held by Labour for over 30 years. Political Labour veteran Ann Clywd has retired from Westminster, which leaves the way clear for a new representative in parliament. However, in 2017 the Lib Dems finished fifth behind UKIP, with only 585 votes while Ms Clwd won with a majority of 13,000.
Bray has an uphill battle on his hands.
There is a glimmer of hope however, because although Wales as a whole voted in favour of Brexit, as recently as August of this year the Lib Dems managed to fend off the major parties and win the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.
50 year-old Bray is actually a rare coins dealer, whose has become something of a London tourist attraction and while his chances of entering parliament seem slim, he will certainly have a loud voice in his campaign.
And as Jo Swinson remarked, "He cannot be accused of not being committed to his cause.”