The actor and comedian Eddie Izzard has announced his candidacy for Labour’s national executive committee, the party’s governing body.
“The comedian hopes to be elected to one of three additional seats that were created for the NEC at the Labour conference in September,” The Daily Telegraph reports.
It will be Izzard’s second attempt to gain a seat on the body, which oversees the party’s policy-making process. He failed to gain one of six seats up for election last year, when he came eighth on the ballot.
Announcing his decision in The Guardian, Izzard said: “I am my own person, I am not standing for any faction. I am proud to be Labour and will always fight for a world that works for everyone.
“I want all our members to feel welcome in the Labour party. Our meetings and events should be open to all members, particularly those who felt excluded from politics in the past.”
He said he would campaign for people in the LGBT community, disabled and minority backgrounds, and those who have suffered from mental health issues.