Clegg v Stringfellow At Next Election? LISTEN
Friday 25th January 2013
Peter Stringfellow has told LBC 97.3 that he is considering standing against Nick Clegg at the next election.
The 72-year-old nightclub owner was furious after the Deputy Prime Minister twice singled him out as someone who did not deserve winter fuel payments.
Yesterday on his weekly phone-in show on LBC 97.3, Mr Clegg said: "You cannot ask people to take big cuts in their benefits, and say it's okay for Peter Stringfellow and Alan Sugar to be given a whole bunch of free benefits when they don't need it, paid for by other taxpayers."
But speaking to James Whale, he revealed he is thinking about standing in Mr Clegg's Sheffield Hallam consistituency.
Asked by James Whale whether he might compete with Mr Clegg, he said: "I think 'why not?'. It has opened my mind to the possibility and the idea of going back to my home city and taking him on would be my first choice.
"Everybody knows my clubs are full of beautiful girls taking their clothes off. I don't want to be Hugh Hefner... so a bit later on in life I like the idea of going into politics and I think I could contribute the reality.
"I have done everything a guy would probably like to do and I might take a serious view of moving into politics."
If he does stand, he insisted he would live in the Steel City, adding: "My God, do you know how cheap those bloody big houses are up there."