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Sea Life Aquarist Jordan Woodhead casts the first vote in Sea Life's mock election, watched by candidates David 'Clumsey' Cameron and Nicole 'Skipper' Sturgeon.
Sea Life Aquarist Jordan Woodhead casts the first vote in Sea Life's mock election, watched by candidates David 'Clumsey' Cameron and Nicole 'Skipper' Sturgeon.

There is no confusion in Scarborough over whether to vote red, blue, yellow, green or any other political hue - all choices are black and white.

At least they are at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, where staff are making light of the General Election with an alternative ballot box and six candidates who are all distinctly monochrome.

They are six of the resident Humboldt penguins who have even launched their own Penguin Manifesto promising cheaper fish for all and affordable nest boxes.

David ‘Clumsy’ Cameron, Ed ‘Muttley’ Miliband, Nick ‘Calimero’ Clegg, Nicole ‘Skipper’ Sturgeon, Nigel ‘Nestor’ Farage and Natalie ‘Boo Boo’ Bennet have had their ID tags switched to appropriate party colours, and visitors can vote for their favourites using a specially made ballot box.

“It’s all just a bit of fun,” said general manager Richard Dilly, “although given the lack of any clear favourites for the next Government, maybe a penguin for PM is not such a crazy notion.”

Visitors to the centre are invited to cast votes for the penguin they would like to see made Prime Minister on Penguin Island.

The winning candidate will be announced next week and receive a personalised nest box with the number ‘10’ fitted.