Last month Belper Town Councillor and Deputy Leader of Amber Valley Borough Council, Ben Bellamy, was named “Beard of Labour Conference” by the Beard Liberation Front, a group which focuses on celebrating beards. Notably, Ben beat previous winner, Jeremy Corbyn, to this hirsute honour.
Now Ben has been nominated in the Beard Liberation Front’s “Beard of Autumn” competition.
The Beard Liberation Front run 4 seasonal contests for best beard, which lead up to Beard of the Year in December, which Ben has been nominated for before.
In their press release, The Beard Liberation Front claimed that actor George Clooney was “heading a diverse list of contenders for the coveted Beard of Autumn Award.” However, the polls showed that Ben Bellamy had 100% of the vote at that point, and every other nominee had 0% of the vote. George Clooney has had a few votes since then but Ben Bellamy is still leading the poll with 63.64% of the vote.
Beard of Autumn Nominees 2019
Ben Bellamy, Beard of Labour Party Conference 2019
Benjamin Zephaniah, poet & performer
Ben Cowles Web Editor, Morning Star
Nuno, Wolves manager
Kadeem Simmonds Morning Star International Editor
Steve Sweeney, Morning Star Sports Editor
Ben Stokes, England cricketer
Michael Rosen, author, broadcaster, Arsenal supporter
George Clooney, actor
James Anthony (UNISON) Beard of the TUC 2019
The Beard Liberation Front blog offers no photographs to guide the voting, but there’s no reason for Belper not to vote for Belper’s nominee. The poll will close on 17th October with the winner announced on 18th October. You can vote HERE
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, “interest in the Beard of Autumn is always high because of its proximity to the coveted Beard of the Year Award. We are expecting the result to be a close shave.”