Tuesday 12 November 2019

Celebrities react to Theresa May's general election announcement

By Joe Nerssessian

Lily Allen urged voters to back anyone but the Tories.

Stephen Fry has apologised for his role in Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election as celebrities reacted to the announcement.

The comedian and actor took the blame for the June 8 vote after recently returning to Britain.

Fellow comic Dawn French took aim at the Prime Minister’s U-turn, calling her an “untruth teller”, after she had previously ruled out a snap election.

Meanwhile, comedian Al Murray, who stood in the 2015 general election against then-Ukip leader Nigel Farage in South Thanet, simply tweeted “no comment” in response to questions over any plans to run this time.

And singer Lily Allen, a long-time critic of May, joked the public should vote for grime MC Stormzy and urged people to register to vote.

She wrote on Twitter: “YOUNGERS, the Conservatibes (sic) don’t care about you. Your future is in YOUR hands, but you HAVE to register to vote,” adding: “just don’t vote conservative.”

Television presenter and ex-professional footballer Gary Lineker aired his doubts over Jeremy Corbyn’s chances of triumph, saying the Labour leader only has a “remote chance of winning. And that’s by playing an anti-Brexit hand. But he won’t.”

Musician AJ Tracey backed Corbyn while The Thick Of It writer Armando Iannucci called on young people to take part in the election.

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