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Can Jeremy Corbyn retain Beard of the Year title?

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release 9th November

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Can Jeremy Corbyn retain Beard of the Year title?

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to retain the Beard of the Year title he won in 2017 could be one of his stiffest challenges of the year as competition for the coveted Award is bristling

In 2017 there were 23,600 votes cast in the on-line poll and there was worldwide interest which in the final week saw Prince Harry and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn splitting hairs.

The Result

Jeremy Corbyn 13,365 (57%)

Prince Harry 9,480 (40%)

Moeen Ali 210 (1%)

Jeremy Corbyn has won the separate poll for Parliamentary Beard of the Year seven times but prior to 2017 he only achieved victory in the Beard of the Year vote once, back in 2001. He was ineligible for the 2017 Parliamentary Beard Poll (he will be on the ballot again in 2018) and its thought that a considerable part of his support for the separate Award then transferred to Beard of the Year.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, this is one of Jeremy Corbyn’s toughest tests. Can he shave the opposition to retain his title and in doing so become the first ever person to win two years in a row?

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Recent Beard of the Year winners

2017 Jeremy Corbyn MP

2016 Tim O’Rourke (Howling Hops brewer)

2015 Bryan Spooner (Weird Beard brewer)

2014 Conchita Wurst (singer)

2013 Gareth Malone (Chorister)

2012 Robin Lustig (Broadcaster)

2011 Jay Rayner (critic)

2010 Ai Wei Wei (artist)

The Beard of the Year Award is about people who have consistently had beards over the year and who have promoted a broadly positive image of the hirsute in public life.

Beard of the Year 2018 Longlist

Vote closes 22nd November

Peter Coles, scientist

Xand van Tulleken, TV doctor

James O’Brien, Broadcaster

Danny Cowley, Lincoln City Manager

Nuno, Wolves Manager

Jeremy Corbyn, politician

Prince Harry, Royal personage

Moeen Ali, cricketer

Mike Leigh, Film Director

Tosh McDonald, Beard of Labour Conference

Gareth Southgate, football manager

Harry Kane, footballer

Lenny Henry, actor

Philip Ardagh, author

Al Wall, brewer, Cloudwater

Idris Elba, actor

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

Carwyn Jones, Welsh First Minister

Ben Foakes, Cricketer

Shanjei, Sri Lankan Tourist Consultant

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