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Thursday, 31 May, 2001, 07:03 GMT 08:03 UK

Jordan presses the flesh

Topless model Jordan is one politician who does not find it difficult to whip up a crowd.

The 23-year-old, standing for election under her real name of Katie Price, was on the hustings in Greater Manchester on Wednesday.

Jordan, whose boyfriend is Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, is standing for the Stretford and Urmston seat, which includes Old Trafford.

Campaigning under the slogan "For a Bigger and Betta Future", she arrived in the constituency and was greeted by a small crowd.

" My policies are to make things fun. The election is boring. I'm here to spice things up "

Eschewing the battle buses used by the major parties, the model arrived in a Vauxhall Astra convertible. There was no sign of Yorke, a Trinidad and Tobago international who cost United 12m.

She posed for photographs before turning to the serious matter of politics.

"My policies are to make things fun. The election is boring. I'm here to spice things up," she told the crowd.

Populist manifesto

She said voters could read her full election manifesto in a national daily tabloid which has been giving her the front page treatment for weeks.

But she said her populist manifesto included giving tax cuts to anyone having an affair with a foreign footballer as well as a free season ticket to a club of their choice.

Jordan, who famously had her breasts surgically enlarged twice, promised free plastic surgery for all and also offered to provide cheap package holidays on the National Health Service.

During the day she met staff at a postal sorting office in Stretford, and visited the Garrick's Head pub in Urmston which has become her campaign headquarters.

She also entered a betting shop to place a 5 bet on herself winning the seat at odds of 150-1.

Jordan, who is standing as an independent, is up against Labour's Beverley Hughes, a former probation officer and lecturer, Conservative Jonathan Mackie, a former economic development officer, and Liberal Democrat John Bridges.

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