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30th Sep 2022

Martin Lewis responds to calls for him to run for Prime Minister

Jack Peat

Unfortunately, he’s given it short shrift 

Financial guru Martin Lewis has responded to calls for him to run for Prime Minister.

The money-saving expert was revealed to be the celebrity most Brits would like to take the job in a recent poll.

It comes as a petition calling for an immediate general election reached 100,000 signatures, meaning it must be considered for debate in parliament.

This was confirmed in an update on the campaign’s page, which simply reads: “Parliament will consider this for a debate.”

At the time of writing, the petition has amassed over 150,000 signatures.

The petition reads: “The chaos engulfing the UK government is unprecedented.

“Over 40 ministers resigned leaving departments without leadership during cost of living, energy and climate crises.

“War rages in Ukraine; the Northern Ireland Protocol has further damaged our relationship with Europe; recession looms; the UK itself may cease to exist as Scotland seeks independence.

“This is the greatest set of challenges we have seen in our lifetimes. Let the people decide who leads us through this turmoil.”

Earlier this week, Lewis topped a list of celebs most Brits want to see become PM.

He was closely followed by national treasure David Attenborough, Stephen Fry and Alison Hammond in a poll of 2,000 adults which found 44 per cent would happily vote for a celebrity to become PM.

And they believe the leader of the country should not only be trustworthy and honest, but also down to earth with a sense of humour.

While a third think they should be compassionate – as well as unbiased (23 per cent) and hardworking (36 per cent).

Unfortunately, Lewis has given the calls short shrift.

Responding to the poll, which was commissioned by Channel 4 ahead of the launch of ‘Make Me Prime Minister’, he said:

“While a very kind thought. As I’ve said before, my mental health isn’t robust enough for partisan politics.

“In fact, I’d rather have my nipples wired to electrodes (and not in a good way).”

Richard Osman responded, saying it will be left to him (5th), Alison Hammond (4th) and Dame Judi (6th) to do the job.

Lewis replied saying: ” If i’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times. NO! You cannot wire my nipples to electrodes. No matter how much Dame Judy asks!”

Top 30 celebrities Brits would like to see as Prime Minister

1. Martin Lewis

2. David Attenborough

3. Stephen Fry

4. Alison Hammond

5. Richard Osman

6. Dame Judi Dench

7. Marcus Rashford

8. Ricky Gervais

9. Helen Mirren

10. Eddie Izzard

11. Jo Brand

12. Emma Watson

13. Miriam Margolyes

14. Gareth Southgate

15. Lenny Henry

16. Paul O’Grady

17. Gary Neville

18. Mick Lynch

19. Steven Bartlett

20. Hugh Grant

21. Mel & Sue

22. Emily Blunt

23. Daisy May Cooper

24. Russell Brand

25. Adele

26. Jameela Jamill

27. Bimini Bon Boulash

28. Maya Jama

29. Stormzy

30. Munya Chawawa

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