Performance art as part of election campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:06 14 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:33 16 May 2014

Rachel Ling is dressing up as Edwardian Suffragist Amy Neale.

Rachel Ling is dressing up as Edwardian Suffragist Amy Neale.

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A WESTON woman running for a seat in the European Parliament has come up with an unusual way of campaigning - in the form of performance art.

Rachel Ling is dressing up as Edwardian Suffragist Amy Neale.Rachel Ling is dressing up as Edwardian Suffragist Amy Neale.

Rachel Ling, who has previously run for seats in North Somerset Council by-elections, is running in the South East for the elections to be held on May 22.

She is running for the YOURVoice Party, which she said would hold community conversations so those elected can vote in the way those they represent want them to.

As part of her campaign, she has created a character called Amy Neale, who she will present in interactive public performances and online.

Rachel said: “I feel so strongly about fixing politics that I decided I will dedicate a year of my life to it.

“As part of it, I created Amy, a 20-year-old Edwardian suffragist. The suffragists were peaceful, unlike the suffragette movement.

“I will talk in-character about my ideas as an outsider of society whereas Rachel can’t talk like that as I’m in society.

“It’s a good conversation starter. It’s about interacting, so she has her own Twitter account and I will be performing at festivals and other public spaces.”

Rachel says Amy is one way of learning why people do or do not vote and creating a dialogue with people.

She said: “There is an information dead spot in this country.

“We need people to know what is coming up in the pipeline in politics from all the different angles.

“It seems culture and society have evolved over the years. And by society, I mean the infrastructure and laws, and culture being trends and the way people think and feel.

“They have moved on. But politics is out of date now.”

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