It’s general election week in the UK but world champion Judd Trump says he doesn’t want to see Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn anywhere near a snooker table if they seize the keys to Number 10.

The world number one waltzed into the third round of the Scottish Open in Glasgow on the eve of polling day, winning 4-0 and making a first frame break of 78 to see off Chinese opponent Yuan Sijun.

But when it comes to which politician the Bristol potter would back with a cue in their hand, he thinks both party leaders should remain well away from the table.

“I wouldn’t back either Boris or Jeremy in a game of snooker!” the 30-year-old laughed.

“That’s not for me - I don’t really have an opinion on either of them.

“I definitely don’t think either of them would do the game of snooker any good, and they’re best left out of snooker.”

Trump is enjoying a blockbuster 2019, being crowned king of the Crucible at the Betfred World Championships in May before going on to win both the World Open and Northern Ireland Open earlier this season.

And he’s now eyeing up a second Home Nations event glory of the term, looking likely to face the evergreen Alan McManus in the third round under the Emirates Arena lights.

But he will face stiff opposition from the divisive five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, who on Tuesday hit the headlines for comparing his own brand of snooker to ‘Prada’ rather than ‘TK Maxx’ after his 4-3 first round victory over Dominic Dale.

As they both head into the business end of the competition, however, Trumpbelieves the Rocket’s influence has only been a good thing for the sport.

“It’s always good to have different people - I think I’m a bit different and Ronnie’s a bit different, and Ding Junhui’s a different style as well,” he added.

“I think there’s a lot of variety in the game - you can think he’s disrespecting his opponent, but the other 50 or 60 per cent of people love what he does as it keeps you on the edge of your toes, so it’s always good to have him.

“You can never tell what he’s thinking out there but he gets the headlines and it’s good for snooker.

“He’s always been good to me - when I first moved down to Essex I was playing with him a lot, and he’s never distracted me and he always talks to me if he sees me.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him and hopefully he’s got some respect for me - we’ve had some amazing games and I think that just shows the respect we’ve got for each other.”

Watch the Scottish Open live on Eurosport, Eurosport Player and Quest with studio analysis from Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White