In an increasingly celebrity-obsessed society, political parties are desperate for big-name backers. Here we take a look at some famous faces who’ve pledged their support to the Greens.
Queen guitarist Brian May signed an online petition calling for the Green Party to be included in proposed TV debates ahead of the 2015 General Election. He said Green MP Caroline Lucas is “exactly what you’d want an MP to be”. “She’s honest, truthful, always in pursuit of fairness, never motivated by self-interest,” he said. “She’s a wonderful MP and we need more like her.”
Left wing comic Mark Steel joked that Caroline Lucas had brought the business of politics into disrepute. He said: “Politicians are meant to do things like pledge to abolish things and then treble the thing they promised to abolish or take the country into war on premises that turn out to be completely untrue or claim expenses for various castle-related activites and stuff like that. Caroline, instead of that, she promised to campaign to defend the NHS and to campaign against Page 3 and campaign against fracking and she’s done all the things she’s promised to do, she even got arrested for it.”
Activist and comedian Mark Thomas has pledged his support to the Green Party. He said: “Climate change is the most important issue and they are the only party who have campaigned from the start and hopefully to the finish of this problem. And actually we have to address this, we don’t have much time and the Green Party are the only folk who can do it.”
Impressionist Alistair McGowan makes it a hat-trick of comedians for the Greens. McGowan is a passionate environmentalist who has campaigned against plans for a third runway at Hathrow airport. In a message to the electorate, he said: “Vote for what you believe in. There are no real differences between the main three parties. If you really want change, vote Green.”
Actually, make that four! Funnyman Marcus Brigstocke is an environmental campaigner and held a fundraiser to help Caroline Lucas in her bid to win the seat of Brighton Pavilion in 2010.
Coronation Street actress Kate Connerty, who plays conniving Tracy Barlow on the Manchester-based soap, is an active campaigner against the international fur trade and supports the animal protection group Peta. She’s also a supporter of the Green Party.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke played a benefit gig in aid of the Green Party in 2010 to raise money for environmental campaigner Tony Juniper’s ultimately unsuccessful bid to become an MP. He said: “Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone there (Parliament) who is actually doing more than paying lip service to climate change?”
Dragon’s Den investor, Kelly Hoppen, is in favour of more elected Green Party politicians. She said: “Our world is heating up and we need to have people addressing these issues in Parliament who know what they’re talking about.”
Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley donated £1,000 to politician Caroline Lucas’ successful campaign to become the first ever Green Party MP.