• John Bickley tipped for second place in  Wythenshaw and Sale by-election
  • He was nominated by ‘womaniser and bon  vivant’ James Hadfield-Hyde
  • Mr Hadfield-Hyde hosted adult show Lord  Lust’s Lovelies in the 1990s
  • He also appeared in pornographic film Up  At The Crack Of Dawn

The UKIP candidate who could push the Tories  into third place in a by-election this week is being backed by a bizarre figure  who calls himself ‘Lord Lust’ and once appeared in a pornographic  film.

John Bickley – who polls predict could come  second to Labour in Thursday’s Wythenshawe and Sale East vote – has been  nominated by the eccentric James Hadfield-Hyde, who starred in the adult movie  Up At The Crack Of Dawn.

Mr Bickley was further embarrassed last night  as it emerged that despite his anti-EU beliefs, he accepted nearly £100,000 from  Brussels to prop up one of his firms.

Poll hope: Some have predicted that UKIP candidate John Bickley will come second in an upcoming by-election

John Bickley

Eccentric: Bickley's backer, James Hadfield-Hyde

Eccentric: Bickley’s backer, James Hadfield-Hyde
Connection: UKIP hopeful John Bickley, left, whom some  say could come second in an upcoming by-election, was nominated to stand by  James Hadfield-Hyde, right, who once played a TV character named Lord  Lust

The disclosures suggest that UKIP leader  Nigel Farage is still struggling to fulfil his promise to weed out the ‘Walter  Mitty’ characters among his ranks – such as councillor David Silvester, who  blamed this winter’s flooding on the Government’s decision to legalise gay  marriage.

Mr Hadfield-Hyde, who has been described as  ‘a cad, womaniser and bon vivant’, purchased the title of Lord of the Manor of  Alderley in the 1990s.

 He went on to host a late-night adult  programme called Lord Lust’s Lovelies, in which he was surrounded by barely  clothed models, before appearing in Up At The Crack Of Dawn.

Erotic links: Mr Bickley was involved in distributing the film version of Mandingo, pictured here in book form

Erotic links: Mr Bickley was involved in distributing  the film version of Mandingo, pictured here in book form

Publicity material for the film said: ‘The  country estate of Lord Lust is jam-packed with nude lovelies indulging in  gentrified hanky panky, from Susan the poacher  to Vicky the portrait  painter.’

Mr Bickley was himself managing director of a  company, CIC Video, that distributed erotic titles such as Mandingo: A Story Of  Forbidden Passion In The Deep South. He accepted EU money for another of his  companies.

In 2006, he took £95,000 from a special EU  ‘seed fund’ for his software company Genemation, of which he was CEO.

At the time he said: ‘The backing and support  from the Liverpool seed fund was crucial and we are looking forward to working  closely with the fund as we develop.’ The company went into liquidation in 2009,  owing more than £450,000.

UKIP’s central policy is that Britain should  withdraw from the EU.

Shortly after Mr Bickley was named as the  party’s candidate he said: ‘Parliament has outsourced the running of this  country to the EU. Labour and the Conservatives have subjugated – by stealth –  control of this country to the EU and its quangos.’

The by-election, which follows the death of  Labour MP Paul Goggins, is the first major electoral test of 2014 for  UKIP.

The party is hoping a strong showing –  followed by a good result in May’s European elections – will act as a  springboard for next year’s General Election.

Strategy: Mr Bickley on the campaign trail in Wythenshawe, Manchester, with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, right

Strategy: Mr Bickley on the campaign trail in  Wythenshawe, Manchester, with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, right

A poll last week showed Labour heading for  first place in the by-election with 61 points, with UKIP second on 15 points –  up 12 points since the 2010 Election. It means the party is set to leapfrog the  Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

A UKIP spokesman said: ‘James presented a  programme called Lord Lust’s Lovelies which was a Granada/Sky production on  mainstream TV. No clothes were removed.’

Mr Bickley denies his stance on the EU grant  is hypocritical because he was not a member of UKIP at the time he accepted the  money.

From The Daily Mail . Report by Glen Owen. 08.02.14.

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