A WIGAN-born MP faces a battle for his seat after an outspoken heavyweight boxing champ announced a shock bid to enter politics.
David Morris, who is originally from Leigh and ran a hair salon on Railway Road before being elected to Westminster, is being challenged for his Morecambe and Lunesdale seat by undefeated fighter Tyson Fury.
The boxer announced his ambition to run for office in his hometown in a string of Twitter comments earlier this week, and the two unlikely rivals will now go head-to-head at a meeting on Friday.
However Mr Morris, who won a second term in parliament in May, has already responded to the challenge by releasing a picture of himself with Ukrainian boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko, the brother of Wladimir who was supposed to fight Fury but pulled out injured this month.
Former Lowton High School pupil Mr Morris said: “If Tyson ever decides to hang up his boxing gloves he could copy Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kiev.
“I’m wishing Tyson all the best but he will have to wait another five years for this bout!”
People walking around West End of Morecambe like the living dead, they need help, I want to help! Vote Tyson Fury for clean streets.Tyson Fury
Fury, 27, began lobbying for votes online on Monday with a string of comments about Morecambe, attacking the current state of the town and saying he was the person to transform its fortunes.
He said: “Wouldn’t mind being the MP for Morecambe, vocal & controversial something this town needs to pump some life back in to her!
“Would Tyson Fury get your vote for MP for Morecambe? I’ll have Morecambe booming in no time!
“People walking around West End of Morecambe like the living dead, they need help, I want to help! Vote Tyson Fury for clean streets.”
He then continued to set out his stall for a political career on his live video app on Tuesday, praising the landscapes around the town and saying it had fallen into decline over the past 50 years.
“I’m here to try to make the town I live in a better place for people to live and come and visit,” he said.
“Morecambe was a booming place back in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Today it’s mainly for old age pensioners, heroin addicts, crackheads and thugs, and I want to clean the streets up.”