Labour comedian Eddie Izzard wants to become an MP and stand at the next election.
The transgender standup comic told the party’s former deputy leader he hoped to swap the stage for a seat in the Commons.
“I want to be a Member of Parliament. I was trying to get in at the last election. I absolutely, definitely want to get in at a by-election or at the next general election,” Izzard, 58, said on Tom Watson’s ‘Persons of Interest’ podcast.
“We need to be heading towards a more positive future, so I will fight for that.
“I have a lot of energy; I feel I can communicate.
“You have got to be able to analyse systems, communicate, you have got to have a world vision.
“My world vision is positive, it’s for everyone.
“I feel I can communicate because I have been communicating through comedy and drama and politics, being an activist, for over 10 years, and I feel I can put ideas forward – you need to put them forward in a grabbable way for people.”
He added: “I am sure when/if I get elected as an MP I have to take it easy, don’t run at things, because if you go slowly towards it – this is good advice for anyone – just feel your way in and see how things go.
“But I want to go into that and I am not playing around.
“Some people might think it’s just a thing I am saying but I am very serious about it.”
Izzard, who led calls for Jeremy Corbyn to crackdown on anti-Semitism in Labour’s ranks during the then leader’s four-and-a-half-year premiership, said his “worldview is that everyone should have a fair chance in life”.
He went on: “Everyone deserves to have a fair chance in life, not a free life, but a fair chance whatever background they come from, have a fair chance – and that’s all 7.7 billion of us.
“That’s what I am fighting for, and because I have been through such an unusual trajectory to get to here, I feel that I can think in this very macro way.
“Everyone in life – we know we are all the same.”
Izzard also raised fears over rising unemployment as manual jobs were replaced with robots, coupled with coronavirus battering the economy.
“We are heading towards automation where people are going to be losing jobs; quite apart from Covid, there’s going to be even more unemployment through automation,” he warned.
“If we are not heading forwards to a more positive future, I just don’t think we are going to make it as human beings.
“I don’t think there’s anyone coming to help us, it’s up to us, and it’s up to the goodwill of us.
“I think there’s more goodwill than ill will in the world and I want to bring my analysis, my energy, my positive feeling towards people.”
Backing Izzard’s bid to become a Labour candidate, Mr Watson, 53, told the Mirror: “Eddie Izzard is one of the kindest and most intelligent people I have ever met.
“He has the mind and the passion that can change the world and would make an excellent MP.
“He would be a credit to any constituency and I wish him well all the best with his ambitions to be a Member of Parliament.”