Lord Toby Jug: founder UK Eccentric Party
In 2012 one of his ideas came to fruition when a blue plaque, a memorial to Lord Sutch, was unveiled at the Ace Café on the old North Circular Road, Wembley.
The son of a docker, he was born in Forest Gate, east London, on December 18 1965, and after leaving school became an apprentice painter and decorator, also performing as a musician and stand-up comedian around London.
He met Lord Sutch in East Ham Working Men’s Club in the late 1980s and soon joined him in his quest to fight more elections than any man in history and lose his deposit every time. “Losing is the new winning, don’t you know?” Jug explained.
He stood in two general elections against Tony Banks, in Newham North West in 1992 and West Ham in 1997, when he won 300 votes. “It was a good night, he recalled. “I was invited back to Labour election HQ and met Tony Blair.” He stood against the then Conservative leader Michael Howard in Folkestone and Hythe in 2005, polling 175 votes, and against Jonathan Djanogly in Huntingdon in 2010, polling 548 votes.
He fared better in local elections. In 2009 he won 566 votes (6.23 per cent) in the Cambridgeshire County Council elections, well ahead of two Labour candidates in the ward of St Ives, a result he described as a “a Loony landslide”.
In the next county council elections, in 2013, he called for the “neutering” of the town’s hairdressers, charity shops and takeaways “so they stop breeding and messing up the High Street”. When he dropped all his election posters in the Ouse he explained that it was an appeal to floating voters. He polled 197 votes.
There was some disagreement over the reasons for his departure from the Loonies. Jug complained that under its leader “Howling Laud” Hope, the party was no longer funny, while Hope claimed that Jug had been expelled over his criticisms of Wetherspoon – which the party had been trying to attract as a sponsor – for planning to open a pub in St Ives, and for his attacks on Nigel Farage, with whom Hope seems to have enjoyed a pint-toting friendship.
Jug subsequently gave an interview in which he described a long struggle with alcoholism which had left him homeless and near death, from which he had recovered with the aid of the Gainsborough Foundation, an alcoholism treatment service in the Huntingdon area.
After contesting Uxbridge in 2015, Jug announced that he was joining the Labour Party and intended to vote in the leadership contest, but added: “They’re all as barmy as each other so it’s very hard to choose.”
Lord Toby Jug had two sons, who survive him.