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Gray’s comedian Russell Brand says "Vote Labour!"

GRAYS-born comedian Russell Brand, who has previously urged people not to vote, has thrown his weight behind Labour.

Aside from endorsing Green candidate Caroline Lucas in Brighton, he said people outside Scotland had "got to vote Labour".

Scottish voters, he said, "don’t need an English person telling you what to do".

Brand’s comments follow an interview with Labour leader Ed Miliband – which David Cameron described as "a joke".

But Brand hit back that there was nothing funny about what the Tories have "been doing to this country"

Brand had appeared with Labour candidate Polly Billington alongside Grays fire officers in London earlier this year.

Brand gave his endorsement on his YouTube Channel The Trews following an interview with Mr Miliband, among other politicians, in his east London home.

Community activism

He accepted he had been "Mr Don’t Vote", but stressed: "What I heard Ed Miliband say is if we speak, he’ll listen, so on that basis I think we have got no choice but to take decisive action to end the danger of the Conservative Party.

"David Cameron might think I’m a joke, but I don’t think there’s anything funny about what the Conservative Party has been doing to this country – and we have to stop them.

"If you’re in Brighton, I think it would be a travesty if we lost the voice of Caroline Lucas in Westminster, but anywhere else you have got to vote Labour.

"We have got to get the Conservative Party out of government in this country so that we can begin community activism, so we can be heard continually."

Mr Cameron has said he "did not have time to hang out" with Mr Brand, a comedian and actor, who has become a high-profile, alternative voice on the political scene.

The celebrity has campaigned against inequality, benefit cuts and corporate tax avoidance, and has spoken up on behalf of the rights of housing tenants.

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