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General election 2019: Stormzy backs Labour Jeremy Corbyn

Stormzy has come forward to publicly back Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party ahead of the 2019 general election.

Joining the likes of Kano, Professor Green and more, Stormzy joined the ‘Grime4Corbyn’ movement and signed an open letter which urged voters to back the Labour Party and “end austerity, rebuild our communities and take back the means to change our lives for the better.”

In the letter, which was issued to the Guardian, the Grime4Corbyn added: “Ending austerity will, for the first time in many of our lifetimes, use the taxes we all already pay into, to reinvest in the housing, youth clubs, community groups and cultural centres being destroyed by the current government,” in a note drafted by Akala and Lowkey.

They added that Corbyn “has been one of the few people who has fought against injustice all his political life, from apartheid South Africa to the bombing of Libya.”

Stormzy, who attached his name to the open letter, has since taken to social media to further emphasise his political stance. “Don’t sit there and think ‘my little vote ain’t gonna do anything’ – your vote is CRUCIAL. Your ‘one little vote’ can quite literally tip the scale for what will be the most important election of our generation,” the musician said on social media.

“There are several reasons as to why I’m voting for [Corbyn] – I would be here all day if I began to list them… but in my 26 years of life I have never trusted politicians or relied on them to be the bearers of hope and righteous people that we’ve needed them to be. And for me, he is the first man in a position of power who is committed to giving power back to the people and helping those who need a helping hand from the government the most.”

Stormzy then added that current Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “a sinister man with a long record of lying and policies that have absolutely no regard for the people.”

He added: “I also believe it is criminally dangerous to give the most powerful role in the country to a man who has said that the sight of a ‘bunch of black kids’ makes him ‘turn a hair’, compared women in burqas to letterboxes and referred to black people as ‘picanninnes’ with ‘watermelon smiles’.”

See the statement, below.