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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May, 2005, 18:13 GMT 19:13 UK
Singing candidate polls one vote
Catherine Taylor-Dawson
Ms Taylor-Dawson polled a total of 284 votes in four constituencies
A singer who stood in the general election for an anti-politician party may have returned the UK's all-time lowest vote.

Catherine Taylor-Dawson, who stood for Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket in Cardiff's four constituencies, won just a single vote in Cardiff North.

She received 2,000 in funding to stand from a London squatter called Rainbow George.

Guinness World Records is checking whether the total is a record low.

Ms Taylor-Dawson, 25, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, managed to poll 37 votes in Cardiff Central, 79 votes in Cardiff South and Penarth, and 167 in Cardiff West, but polled just one in Cardiff North.

I think people are fed up of politicians.
Catherine Taylor-Dawson

She did not vote for herself and lost all four of the 500 deposits she put down to stand as a candidate.

As results were read out at Cardiff International Arena, the singer-songwriter played her guitar and performed songs rather than making speeches.

"A good song is better than a million words," she said.

"I've enjoyed it - it's been great. I'm just glad someone voted for me."

Rainbow George, 65, whose real name is George Weiss, has decided to spend 100,000 of the 710,000 sale price of the one-bed flat he had lived in for 20 years on his campaign to rid politics of politicians.

He stood in 13 constituencies as part of his bid to change politics.

Ms Taylor-Dawson said: "I met this crazy old man when I was doing some vocals for his fantastic election song.

"It goes 'We don't need you, we don't want you' and it's all about giving notice to politicians that they are unnecessary.

"I read his manifesto and I really agreed. I think people are fed up of politicians."

Rainbow George said: "Catherine didn't want you to vote for her but for nobody,' he said.

"If the people who normally have the sense not to vote turned out to vote for the Vote For Yourself party, things would change."

A spokeswoman for Guinness Book of Records said it could not be immediately confirmed whether Ms Taylor-Dawson's single vote was the lowest ever, but added that it was being checked.



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