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Vote for Bojo of Blackburn: Tory candidate becomes internet sensation after campaign video

A Conservative party candidate has amassed a legion of fans thanks to his seemingly unintentionally funny campaign videos.

Tiger Patel, the Tory candidate for the Audley and Queen's Park ward, dubs himself the 'BoJo of Blackburn'. 

Mr Patel, whose real name is Altaf, released his latest video on WhatsApp this week before it was shared widely online and to a rapturous reception on social media. 

The clip shows taxi driver Mr Patel walking nonchalantly through a children's playground daubed in 'fruity' graffiti, in time to music, as he looks directly into the camera. 

He has become something of a celebrity in the area with similar videos highlighting issues including fly-tipping, potholes and the state of local facilities including parks. 

He describes himself as 'a well known and charismatic community campaigner' and said he joined the Conservative Party, 'because he believes they can deliver far more for residents than what Labour have done.'

Mr Patel, whose real name is Altaf, released his latest video on WhatsApp this week before it was shared widely online and to a rapturous reception on social media

At one point he stands atop a slide and raises his arms while looking at the camera - unaware that he is standing behind graffiti which shows a doodle of male genitalia.

Julian Arnold, chairman of the Blackburn Conservative Association, said: 'At the end of the day, when Tiger did the video, he didn't notice the fruity graffiti, but that says it all for us.

'That's what's happening: these community facilities are being vandalised, are being wrecked, and the graffiti says it all - little kids play on there.'

The video was posted on Twitter on Wednesday and quickly picked up more than 600,000 views. 

He said people contact him about issues like the park instead of going to their councillor because 'they don't pick up the phone'.

'I made a video two times in Longton Street,' he told PA. 'It's worse and worse every time - the council says it has no funding, no money.

'Just about £5,000 to change about everything, but they say no money.

'And how can I believe it? They have no £5,000? Because we pay council tax £140 every month. Every year rise and rise and rise.'

Mr Patel, who has run previously as an independent, said he was moved to run as a Conservative this time after seeing Boris Johnson make speeches on TV - and he says he has even been compared with the Prime Minister.

Mr Patel unknowingly posed in front of a slide that was daubed in x-rated graffiti 

'I'm inspired by Boris Johnson,' he said.

'He's popular, and I'm also popular in Blackburn. Somebody said I was the BoJo of Blackburn.' 

Maryam Batan, the Labour councillor and candidate for the ward, added: 'I have many residents that contact me on a daily basis through email, phone and social media with their issues.

'I raise and follow these up directly with relevant internal and external departments getting an outcome and have had no complaints.

'As for not answering call, I did pick up yours and I do for anyone that contacts me. If I am unavailable I send a message and return the call.

'I would love to see evidence of one email sent by Mr Patel to raise and solve an issue.'

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