John Edward Birtwhistle, 77, changed his name to Jesus Christ by deed poll in 1996, saying he had “healing powers” and that he was the son of God in a past life.
He has drawn up his own manifesto of policies including weekly bin collections, free bus passes for the over-60s, scrapping the TV licence and children being taught at home by their parents.
One day, out of the blue, a customer came in and went down on one knee and called me Jesus,” Christ says.
“Then it happened again within the same week. I was called Jesus by a lady and I said, ‘I’m not.’ I thought, ‘What’s happening here?’ I couldn’t understand it.
“Things started to happen, like healing. I thought, ‘I’ve never done that before in my life.’