Comedian and activist Russell Brand has today officially endorsed Ed Miliband and the Labour party in an attempt to “get the Conservative party out of government in this country.”
Speaking on his daily YouTube show ‘The Trews’, Brand spoke out in favour of Labour following his interview last week with party leader Ed Miliband.
Brand previously stated that he hasn’t ever voted and “never will” during an interview in 2012 with the former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, leading to him being dubbed ‘Mr Don’t Vote’.
Just last week Brand also endorsed the Green Party, claiming that current Green candidate for Brighton Pavilion was just the right type of person to be in government. He said: “Are you a person who lives in Brighton Pavilion? If you are then you should definitely vote for this person, Caroline Lucas.”
The interview between Brand and the Labour leader, titled ‘Milibrand’ by Brand himself and much of the media, sparked controversy last week with Prime Minister David Cameron calling Brand “a joke”.
The official counter-statement from Brand in today’s ‘Trews’ said: “David Cameron might think I am a joke but I don’t think there is anything funny about how the Conservatives have been running the country.”
He continued: “If you’re a Scottish person, you don’t need an English person telling you what to do, you know what to do. If you live in Brighton, I think it would be a travesty if we lost the voice of Caroline Lucas in Westminster. But if you live anywhere else you’ve got to vote Labour, you’ve gotta get the Conservative party out of government in this country.”
He later went on to clarify his comments regarding not voting, explaining his view that people should be engaging with democracy on a daily basis, not just every five years.
He said: “Democracy is for everyday, not just an election.”