Charlotte Church slams Tory policy
Published 07/05/2015 | 00:06
Charlotte Church has launched a stinging attack on the Conservative Party on the eve of the General Election - branding them "utterly intolerable".
The Welsh singer, 29, revealed she has never before voted in a general election because she thought it was "condoning a broken system" and propping up an "illusion of democracy".
But she has decided to cast her ballot for Labour today in a bid to keep the Conservatives out of her local constituency - and David Cameron out of Number 10.
In a blog post she wrote: "This country needs change. We need to sort out our house. The people are being ripped off and exploited by multinational companies, by the media, by our own elected officials, and all of this has got to stop.
"Whether Ed Miliband and the Labour Party are the right people to sort it all out is a moot point.
"David Cameron has presided over the most capricious, shambolic government that there has been in my lifetime. They are scandalous, and they cannot be the right people for the job.
"So much of the electioneering that those on the right have done has been based upon fear. Fear of immigration, fear of economic instability, fear of welfare claimants and the unemployed.
"The politics of fear is the politics of control. If we allow ourselves to be scared of the bogeyman we will find ourselves isolated internationally, without a welfare system, and with an even more pronounced poverty gap than we already have."
The mother-of-two revealed she would like to vote for a smaller 'fringe' party such as the Greens or Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru.
But she feels she has no choice but to vote Labour because the first past the post system has made the election a two horse race between them and the Tories.
She wrote last night: "Tomorrow we will decide on who will govern us for the next five years, and it will be the first general election that I actively participate in.
"In previous elections I felt that by voting I was condoning a broken system, the illusion of democracy, and I didn't want any part of the whole sordid affair. What's the bloody point? They're all the same aren't they?
"And then the Tories got in."
She added: "I should be clear that I am not a Labour Party member, and I find it easier to get behind the full-blooded policies of the more progressive fringe parties (among which Ukip are certainly not counted).
"However, the first past the post system leaves me with little choice.
"In the constituency I live the Tories have held a marginal seat since 2010. The potential damage that another five years of Tory rule would do to our public services, the structure of our economy, our relationships with other countries around the world, and most importantly to the general wellbeing of the British people, is utterly intolerable.
"I would like to vote Plaid or Green. But no matter how much I've been told not to vote tactically, these other parties simply have no chance of winning this seat."
The former child star said she feared the Conservative Party will broker a deal with Ukip and the Democratic Unionist Party to stay in power.
And she ended post with a plea to her fans to "please for the good of us all, engage" in today's election.