7 April 2000

Winnie the pigs mayor of London bid thwarted

OFFICIALDOM has thwarted Winnie the pigs dream of following in the footsteps of Dick Whittington and becoming mayor of London.

Winnie, star of the pig producers round-the-clock vigil at Parliament Square, had been reported to be standing for the top job in London politics.

The celebrity sow arrived in a converted horsebox drawn by a Reliant Robin, nicknamed the "plastic pig", to submit her nomination on Monday (Apr 3).

She presented her nomination papers to officials at the returning officers office before the noon deadline and unveiled a 10-oink plan to the awaiting media.

She wanted a crackdown on misleading labelling and a drive to ensure that local authorities source all pork and bacon from British farms.

But officials were suspicious of a cheque for Winnies £10,000 registration fee because her bank, Piggybank PLC, isnt recognised. &#42