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Brian Eno, Steve Coogan, Roger Waters and more back Jeremy Corbyn’s “transformative plan”

More than 40 cultural figures have endorsed Jeremy Corbyn’s election manifesto, hailing it as a “transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few.”

In an open letter published in the Guardian on Wednesday, Top Boy lead Ashley Walters, actor Mark Rylance, and ‘Amy’ director Asif Kapadia are among those saying they are “shamed by extreme levels of inequality, neglect and environmental impoverishment resulting from decades of neo-liberalism” and warn of the threat posed by the “global rise of far-right nationalism.”

In addition, many signatories have released personal statements criticising the Conservatives and endorsing Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s 2019 manifesto ahead of the election on December 12. Writer AL Kennedy said: “We are used to our public services and public discourse being infected by cruelty and willful ignorance. But this can change. We still live in a democracy – we still have time to change it.”

“Boris Johnson lies!” said film director Stephen Frears whose work includes My Beautiful Laundrette, High Fidelity and more. “Of course Boris Johnson will sell parts of the NHS to the Americans and of course the price of medicine will go up. We were lied to in 2016 and we’re being lied to again.”

Comedian and writer Alexei Sayle urged: “This is the fight of our lives. The Labour manifesto recognises the crossroads we are at. Make sure you are on the side of hope.”

“The next government will hold power during fateful years on our planet’s climate clock’ said writer Naomi Klein. “There is only one leader who possesses both a path to victory and a bold plan on the scale of the crisis. That leader is Jeremy Corbyn.”

SIGNATORIES

Ronan Bennett – writer, producer
Noam Chomsky – philosopher
Chipo Chung – actor
Clean Bandit – band
Steve Coogan – comedian, actor
Rob Delaney – actor
David Edgar – playwright
Brian Eno – musician, producer
Andrew Feinstein – writer
Stephen Frears – film director
David Graeber – anthropologist, author
Steve Gribbin – comedian
Kane ‘Kano’ Robinson – Rapper
Asif Kapadia – film director
Aki Kaurismaki – film director
Peter Kennard – artist
AL Kennedy – author
Naomi Klein – author
Mike Leigh – film director
Ken Loach – film director
Lowkey – rapper
Sabrina Mahfouz – playwright
Esther Manito – comedian
Michael Mansfield – barrister
Francesca Martinez – comedian
Massive Attack – band
Bill McKibben – co-founder 350.org
Robin Rimbaud ‘SCANNER’ – musician
Michael Rosen – poet
Martin Rowson – cartoonist
Mark Rylance – actor
Alexei Sayle – comedian
Gillian Slovo – writer
Robyn Slovo – film producer
Ahdaf Soueif – author
Joelle Taylor – poet
Kate Tempest – poet
Jess Thom – artistic director, Touretteshero
Mark Thomas – writer, comedian
Yanis Varoufakis – economist
Ashley Walters – actor
Roger Waters – musician
Benjamin Zephaniah – poet, musician

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