THE grandson of one of this country's greatest novelists is standing for the Brexit Party in Bridgwater and West Somerset in the next General Election.

Writer Alexander Waugh, who was educated at Taunton School and lives in Milverton, is among the candidates set to fight the poll announced by the party today.

Alexander Waugh, 56, is a writer and a literary critic, a senior visiting fellow at The University of Leicester, and Grammy-nominated music producer and director.

He said: "Irritated at the way in which both the EU and the British Parliament has chosen to play fast and loose with our democracy, I have taken the decision to stop whining about it to my friends and to stand up and be counted.

"If I am elected to Parliament I shall do everything in my power to help to restore honesty, integrity, trust and democracy to our now broken system of government and to ensure that Britain is put back in command of its own money, laws and borders.

"When these things are achieved, when we are once again a properly democratic nation, I shall return to the gorgeous green pastures of West Somerset to get on with the rest of my life."

His grandfather, Evelyn Waugh, who lived in Combe Florey, near Bishops Lydeard, wrote such classics as Brideshead Revisited, Decline and Fall and Vile Bodies.

Alexander's father was Auberon Waugh was also a prolific writer, contributing articles for Private Eye.