Dorset

Queen guitarist Brian May considers standing as MP

Brian May on his land at Bere Regis
Image caption The guitarist and wildlife campaigner owns a wildlife sanctuary in Dorset

Queen guitarist Brian May could stand as an independent MP at the general election, his spokesman has said.

May, 67, is considering standing over "frustration at a system that he sees as failing the electorate".

Agent Phil Symes said May, currently touring Europe with Queen, could run under his Common Decency project.

The guitarist owns a wildlife sanctuary at Bere Regis in Dorset, although Mr Symes said May had "no firm plans" to stand in a particular constituency.

The village of Bere Regis is in the Mid Dorset and North Poole constituency, which is currently served by the Liberal Democrat Annette Brooke who is standing down in May.

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Image caption The guitarist has campaigned against the badger cull

The Common Decency project cites its key aim as being "to re-establish common decency in our lives, work and Parliament".

Outlining the ethos of Common Decency "in a nutshell", May said last month its aim was to "get rid of the current government" and the MPs who were in Parliament for reasons other than "representing our interests".

Instead, he wants to see a House of Commons about "individuals voting according to their conscience".

May achieved global fame in the 1970s with Queen and has gone on to become an active campaigner, particularly in the sphere of animal rights.

He founded the animal charity Save Me and has spoken out against the badger cull.

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