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Lobbying for the throne

In the early 1990s, Idris lobbied to convince the British government to recognize him as the legitimate heir to the King of Libya. Forty-one MPs signed an Early Day Motion describing him as a "great nephew of the late King Idris of Libya and heir presumptive of the Libyan throne." The motion was later repudiated by many of its signatories, including its sponsor Henry Bellingham, who said "If I have been duped so have a lot of other people, including the government."

On July 5, 1995, the Sunday Times described Idris as a “phoney Arab prince” who “spent at least £100,000 on parliamentary lobbying and public relations exercises to create a false image that he was rightful heir to the Libyan throne."<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

This claim was taken to court in July 1995.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Senussi admitted to hiring a firm to raise his profile “amongst decision-makers in the United Kingdom.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Asked to provide testimony in the case, Debretts’ repudiated his claim to the leadership of the house, calling Idris the “second son of the sixth son of the younger brother of King Idris's father.”<ref>Template:Cite news</ref> David Williamson, co-editor of Debrett’s, said that Idris’s branch on the family tree was so weak that “if you shook it, [Idris] al-Senussi ‘would fall out.'"<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

The court concluded that: “Mr. al-Senussi wishes people to believe he is the heir presumptive to the Libyan throne. Since Libya has been a republic since 1969 and the clear evidence in this case says that crown prince Muhammad, son of the last Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Libya, has a stronger case, it is therefore a case of hope exceeding expectation."<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>