This is how celebrities are voting this general election

Craig David?!

The polls are open, the ballots are being collected and Brits are out in full force deciding the political future of the UK – and there’s a number of celebrities voting too. Quite a few of them have been pretty open with their political leanings on social media and at rallies, with many rallying behind Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party and a few for Prime Minister Theresa May. There are a couple who will surprise you, so we’ve put together a little list of who’s backing who this year.

Also remember: there’s still time to vote today! Even if you’ve lost your polling card, you can still rock up to your station and exercise your democratic right. If you’re still undecided or unsure of how the whole process works, here’s a little guide to the general election to help you out. Back to the celebrities…

Celebrities voting Labour 2017

Jme

Jme’s been spotted cozying up to Jeremy Corbyn on brunch dates and Corbyn even let the rapper take over his Snapchat for a cheeky endorsement. He and a number of other grime artists including Stormzy, Novelist and more have also come together in a movement called #Grime4Corbyn to encourage their fans to vote.

Stormzy

Another member of the #Grime4Corbyn movement, Stormzy revealed his Labour leanings in an interview with The Guardian where he said, ‘My man, Jeremy! Young Jeremy, my guy. I dig what he says. I saw some sick picture of him from back in the day when he was campaigning about anti-apartheid and I thought: yeah, I like your energy…That’s why I like Jeremy: I feel like he gets what the ethnic minorities are going through and the homeless and the working class.’

Lily Allen

Jump onto Lily Allen’s Twitter feed and you’ll see tweet after tweet endorsing the Labour party and Jeremy Corbyn. Her brother, Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen, is a little quieter on social media so we’re unsure how Reek’s going to be voting.

Clean Bandit

There’s no place Clean Bandit would rather be than a Labour rally, which is exactly where they were the other day. With lead singer Grace Chatto sporting her own Corbyn tee, take a wild guess at who she’s hoping will be PM.

Russell Brand

This British comedian has never made a secret of his fierce passion for politics and he’s a staunch Labour supporter. While he isn’t Jeremy Corbyn’s biggest fan, he did pen an article for The Huffington Post called ‘Jeremy Corbyn won’t be perfect, but he has the qualities I want in a strong and stable leader’. Sorry, May.

If I can (convincingly) beat @anthony_joshua – surely today is The Day for underdog victory. #VoteLabour

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Alexa Chung

The sartorial darling – who’s just released an Alexa Chung fashion line – took to Instagram to rally behind Labour, captioning her post with their motto ‘For the many, not the few’.

M.I.A.

M.I.A., who has never been known to mince words when it comes to expressing her own opinions, hasn’t explicitly said that she’ll be voting Labour but has endorsed Corbyn before in an unusual way.

Riz Ahmed

The Four Lions star has been retweeting a slew of pro-Labour posts, as well as encouraging young people to get out to the voting booths.

Banksy

The elusive graffiti artist is a staunch Labour supporter, but they recently caught a lot of flack for it. In a well-intentioned (yet misguided) campaign, they said they’d be sending a Banksy print to anybody who took a photo of their ballot proving they had voted Labour – however recalled the statement when the British Electoral Council pointed out that it would invalidate their votes.

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Ricky Gervais

The sharp-tongued comedian put out a pretty definitive endorsement for Labour, cracking down on Prime Minister Theresa May.

Ian McKellen

While Gandalf hasn’t come out for Corbyn per se, he has been a big supporter of Labour MP Wes Streeting. He told the Ilford Recorder, ‘Like me, like you, [Wes Streeting] believes in inequality and young people and has got a passion for education and opportunities for young people too.’

J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter author isn’t the biggest fan of Corbyn, but she’s always been open about her Labour associations.  She’s been retweeting a few anti-tory/anti-May posts, so it’s not a stretch to imagine she’ll vote for the Labour party regardless of its leader.

Stephen Hawking

When Stephen Hawking makes an argument, you listen. One of the smartest men in the world has some fighting words for the Conservatives, saying, ‘I’m voting Labour because another five years of Conservative government would be a disaster for the NHS, the police and other public services.’

Kate Nash

The singer-songwriter will be voting by proxy today and she’s thrown in her hat for Labour. She wrote, ‘Time 4 a change. Gwarrrn England, Good luck!’

Danny DeVito

Sure he may be American, but Danny DeVito has been using his platform to reach his British fans. The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor has a lot of love for Jeremy Corbyn, which he’s made clear again and again.

Lena Dunham

In a long and emotional Instagram post, the Girls star and showrunner opened up about her own experiences with American politics and how she believes that the UK and USA are deeply connected. While she can’t vote, she has been rallying for him and said, ‘I desperately urge my friends/fans/frenemies to get out and vote for the Labour Party. With Jeremy Corbyn you have a chance at a fair and just leader who will temper the fascism and darkness of our current American moment.’

We here in America have watched in horror as our siblings in the U.K. have been attacked these past weeks and our president has been unable to offer so much as a word of condolence, only using this to push forward his racist and xenophobic agenda. We no longer have the option to pretend that what happens in Britain or America is separate. We do not live in fiefdoms. We must all work together to quell the tide of hate and complacency. Which is why, despite my US Passport, I desperately urge my U.K. friends/fans/frenemies to get out and vote for the Labour Party. With Jeremy Corbyn you have a chance at a fair and just leader who will temper the fascism and darkness of our current American moment. Thank you for considering, for getting your butts out there and for knowing- even when you feel abandoned by electoral politics- that your vote is all we have. This Thursday, June 8!

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Mark Ruffalo

The American Avengers actor has always been known for his political opinions, particularly regarding environmental issues, and he’s thrown his hat in for Jeremy Corbyn.

Celebrities voting Liberal Democrats 2017

Richard Dawkins

The renowned scientist cast his vote for the Liberal Democrats, who stand the best chance of beating the Conservatives in his constituency. In a particularly biting statement, he tweeted about Theresa May, ‘Well, she’s not as incompetent as Donald Trump. But when you’ve said that…’

John Cleese

The Monty Python actor has come out in support of both the Lib Dems and Labour, however he also revealed that he wouldn’t be voting in this election. (Don’t follow in his footsteps though, get out and vote!)

Celebrities voting Green 2017

Vivienne Westwood

The fashion designer has been quite outspoken about her support for the Green Party, saying, ‘The only way out of this (environmental crisis) is a green economy, and the Greens are the only opposition we’ve got. Green is the only non-wasted vote.’

Celebrities voting Conservative 2017

Lord Sugar

Surprise, surprise, Lord Sugar is fully backing the Conservative party and has been vocal on social media about it. He said, ‘For the good of the UK I sincerely advise NOT to vote for Corbyn #TRUSTME’.

Jim Davidson

The British comedian has been tweeting wry digs at the Labour Party and political memes, as well as retweeting Conservative endorsements and think pieces.

Craig David

So, we’re not 100% sure if Craig David’s going to be voting Tory this time around but he has previously backed the party. In the 2010 general election, he reportedly volunteered his song ‘Fill Me In’ to the party as a conservative anthem (they turned him down though). He’s been pretty quiet this time round though…

Gary Barlow

Another celebrity who’s been playing the 2017 election close to his chest, the Take That singer has in previous years been a firm Conservative Party supporter. He was a big David Cameron supporter, joining him on the election trail to help curry votes.

 

 

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