Now plain Richard Drax you might think he is just a Bond villain with an exciting surname, but the Conservative candidate for Dorset South is really known as Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax.
Plunkett-Ernle-Erl-Drax, 51, is an Old Etonian like Mr Cameron and lives in a small Elizabethan pad set in just 7,000 acres.
The descendant of Admiral The Honourable Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax (1880-1967), says that he uses Richard Drax in real life but says:
“I come from a very privileged background but it shouldn’t make any difference. It is what is in your soul.”
I find it difficult to disagree that he comes from a privileged background and by all accounts Richard’s ancestor from whom he has earned such an extreme name was in fact the person upon which some of the more outlandish P.G. Wodehouse names are based.
So, if you want Bertie Wooster as your MP in Dorset this may be the man for the job!
I must confess I am a little disappointed that just ‘Drax’ will appear on the posters in Dorset South, they would be a true collectors item for the smallness of the font on the billboards, but I suspect the ballot papers will still need to be made a little larger to accomodate his official name.
The Daily Mirror has a bit more here.