UK election's oddest moments: Lord Buckethead, chesty high-fives

  • 10/06/2017
Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry
Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry on election night. Photo credit: Twitter

A surprise hung parliament, misfiring high-fives and candidates in costume - Britain's general election night had it all.

Here are a selection of the quirky moments that captured the attention of the British public.


Despite a better-than-expected performance for his party at the polls, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn did have one embarrassing moment on election night. A failed attempt at a high-five resulted in Mr Corbyn slapping colleague Emily Thornberry in the chest, an image that was widely shared on social media.


British politics is no stranger to eccentric characters and Thursday's election was no exception.

A man known only as Lord Buckethead, dressed in a homemade Ned Kelly-style costume capped with a large bucket helmet, ran against Prime Minister Theresa May in her Maidenhead constituency with fellow costume wearers Howling 'Laud' Hope and Bobby 'Elmo' Smith.

Buckethead appeared on stage with Ms May as results were announced and he celebrated his 294-vote tally.

Ms May was not the only leader to share the stage with unconventional rival. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron edged Conservative and Labour opponents as well as one Mr Fishfinger for the northwest English seat of Westmorland and Lonsdale.


Ms May's most retweeted message of the campaign was a post from May 20 in which the Prime Minister warned: "If I lose just six seats I will lose this election and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate with Europe". It was retweeted 19,000 times.

Her gamble to call the snap election was mocked by many users, including former England soccer player Gary Lineker who posted: "I think Theresa May has won own goal of the season." The post was retweeted more than 27,000 times.


Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party emerged as unlikely kingmakers from Thursday's election after British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives entered talks with them about forming a government after failing to win a majority.

The announcement created a surge of interest in the DUP, the most searched topic on Google UK on Friday morning. The increased traffic led to the DUP website crashing.


After reading out the list of votes for each candidate, the returning officer in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, then announced Labour's Alan Meale the winner. She promptly corrected herself, announcing that Conservative Ben Bradley had in fact triumphed amid barracking shouts from the crowd.