Pop duo Jedward have revealed that they are to stand as joint UKIP candidates in the parliamentary seat of Boston and Skegness, home to the town with the highest Brexit vote in Britain.
Zany John and Edward Grimes, known professionally as Jedward, put an end to speculation over which constituency they would contest in the general election on 8 June, opting for the Lincolnshire seat over other mooted alternatives such as Heywood and Middleton or Hartlepool.
The chart topping act will stand against the incumbent Tory MP Matt Warman, who campaigned in favour of remaining in the European Union before last year’s referendum.
In a well prepared statement announcing their decision, Jedward referenced in particular the fishing industry in the area, which featured in many debates in the run-up to last year’s referendum.
Jedward are identical twins and first appeared on TV in the sixth series of The X Factor. They generated a phenomenon of ironic popularity described as “the Jedward paradox” which UKIP believe they can now leverage in the forthcoming election.
“People will vote for them ironically,” said a spokesperson for the party.
Jedward have released three albums: Planet Jedward, Victory, and Young Love. The first two went double platinum in Ireland. They have also represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest.