Ricky Tomlinson, Leftist election candidate?

This video from Britain says about itself:

Wright Stuff – Ricky Tomlinson on Prison (09.04.08)

A surprise call on the topic of being released from prison and how to make a life, from the Royle Family star airing his views, as he spent two years in prison [for trade union activism] from 1973.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Tomlinson ponders standing in Liverpool election

Friday 05 February 2010

Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson is considering standing in the general election, it has been reported.

He is on the verge of taking the plunge in protest at a prospective Labour candidate, Londoner Luciana Berger, being “parachuted” into the Liverpool Wavertree constituency where current MP Jane Kennedy is standing down.

If he decides to stand, Mr Tomlinson would stand for the Socialist Labour Party, of which he is a member, led by former National Union of Mineworkers president Arthur Scargill.

Mr Tomlinson told the Liverpool Daily Post the final decision would be made on his candidacy at a party meeting next week.

He criticised Ms Berger for a lack of local knowledge after she admitted not knowing who Bill Shankly was or who performed Ferry Cross The Mersey.

Mr Tomlinson said: “This woman that they have parachuted in from London could not even answer some easy questions about Liverpool.

“At one time, Liverpool had a contingent of working-class MPs like Eric Heffer. People say you could be letting the Tories in, but there is no difference between the Conservatives and new Labour.”

See also here.

A report commissioned by the Labour government shows how its pro-business agenda during its 13 years in office has led to a dramatic increase in inequality: here.

British Conservatives move away from climate change as election nears: here.