LONDON: Stripclub owner Peter Stringfellow has suggested he could stand against Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in the general election due to be held in 2015.
The 72-year-old has twice been singled out by the Liberal Democrat leader as someone who does not deserve state-funded pensioner benefits, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported.
Sheffield-born Stringfellow said that at his age he had “done everything a guy would probably like to do ... and I might take a serious view of moving into politics.”
Asked by LBC radio’s James Whale about the chances he might stand in Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam constituency, he said: “I think ‘why not?’. It has opened my mind to the possibility and the idea of going back to my home city and taking him on would be my first choice.
“Everybody knows my clubs are full of beautiful girls taking their clothes off. I don’t want to be Hugh Hefner ... so a bit later on in life I like the idea of going into politics and I think I could contribute the reality.”
The millionaire nightclub owner has been angered by the deputy prime minister using him to highlight his fight to take the winter fuel payment from wealthy pensioners, a move opposed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
“You cannot ask people to take big cuts in their ... benefits, and say it’s ok for Peter Stringfellow and Alan Sugar to be given a whole bunch of free benefits when they don’t need it, paid for by other taxpayers,” he has said.
Stringfellow is a Tory supporter but acknowledged he would probably have to stand as an independent because of his business interests.
And he added that he would live in the South Yorkshire city, saying: “My God, do you know how cheap those bloody big houses are up there.”
Stringfellow grew up in Sheffield and London. He held multiple jobs after leaving grammar school, including working as a cinema projectionist, steel worker, serving as a member of the Merchant Navy, and working as a salesman.
He began running dance nights at his local church, and subsequently opened his own club called the Black Cat Club.
He opened a second club, called King Mojo Club in the early 60s, and the venue went on to host such acts as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, and Ike and Tina Turner.
He began opening more clubs after relocating to London in the 70s, and then began launching additional nightspots in the United States, primarily in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. Since the early 90s, following bankruptcy, he has shifted the focus of all of his clubs to strip clubs.