John Cleese, Python, Former Torquay Hotel Owner, and Serial Groom; switched from Labour to the SDP after their formation on 1981. Shortly after they joined the Liberal Party to form the aptly named SDP Liberal Alliance. Gaining 25.4 percent of the national vote but only 23 seats in parliament amongst a landslide victory for the Conservative government under Margaret Thatcher.
Come the following general election of 1987 a new approach to PPBs came about with the inclusion of the alumnus of the Dead Parrot sketch to help keep the prospects of the Alliance overtaking labour as the main Opposition party alive.
In two broadcasts for the party both coming in at a leisurely ten minutes in length. Mr Cleese would tackle two main thrusts of argument. Extremism in Politics and Proportional Representation (more on that next week).
In this video we once again see how much has changed but also how much has stayed the same in our politics.
With thanks to the Preston Lib Dems.