ARCHIVED General Election 2019: Chorley candidate changes his name by deed poll to include the word 'Brexit'
A general election candidate has changed his surname to include the word 'Brexit'.
Mark Smith has changed his name via deed poll to Mark Brexit-Smith.
Brexit-Smith, who is standing as an Independent, will appear on ballot papers in the Chorley constituency, where he is challenging incumbent Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the newly elected Speaker of the House of Commons.
He was previously the Brexit Party's candidate for Chorley, but the party decided not to oppose Sir Lindsay following his election as the new Commons Speaker in line with parliamentary convention.
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The only other candidate standing in the Chorley constituency is James Melling of the Green Party ---- THIS NEEDS CHECKING WITH THE OFFICIAL LISTING RELEASED AT 5PM.
The Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems have not fielded candidates in Chorley.
This in line with convention that states the incumbent Commons Speaker should be allowed to retain their position in Parliament due to their non-political role.