It’s a U.K. tradition for all candidates to appear on stage as results are announced. As a result, oddball characters tend to challenge high-profile opponents since they are assured a television appearance.
Bobby “Elmo” Smith was an opponent of Johnson’s in the constituency of Uxbridge & Ruislip South, and he wasn’t even the strangest character.
Lord Buckethead of the Monster Raving Loony Party also faced off against Johnson, as did Count Binface, running as an independent.
“I thank my fellow candidates in all their glory,” Johnson said. “Lord Buckhead, Elmo and others, forgive me if I don’t identify them all.”
Johnson took the constituency with over 25,000 votes or about 53%, with Labour’s Ali Milani capturing 37.6% of the vote.
Of the more oddball characters, Lord Buckethead won 125 votes, Count Binface secured 69 votes (nice) and Elmo got a mere 8 votes.