Screaming Lord Sutch (real name David Edward Sutch) contested more than forty elections and by-elections - most as leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party which he founded in 1983 and led until his death in 1999. Although he got more votes in some other contests, his greatest achievement was in the Bootle by-election in May 1990. Screaming Lord Sutch came sixth with 418 votes - the SDP candidate managed just 155 votes. As a direct consequence, the SDP dissolved shortly afterwards. This was the only occasion that Sutch got more votes than the candidate of a mainstream party. And that's what prompted me to go along to his home in Notting Hill to interview him.
The interview was for a feature on the World Service programme, People and Politics. It's posted here: