Here's how your most iconic childhood heroes are campaigning to keep out the Tories

Moya Lothian-McLeanLouis Staples@moya_lm
Thursday 12 December 2019 16:30
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It's election day and everybody’s gagging for a crumb of news that isn’t even slightly related to the political wrangling that has dominated every waking thought for the last six weeks.

Spoiler: this is not it!

Instead, please enjoy a not at all exhaustive list of about 13 childhood heroes who really, really don’t want the Tories to clinch a majority.

Think less Dua Lipa and more... the dad from My Parents are Aliens.

These are iconic individuals from all types of fame who have have looked at the current state of Britain and said “Hmm… maybe time for a change?”

Tony Gardner

(CITV)

Who?

A legend among us. Tony Gardner is an actor (and doctor! And former GP!) with a long comedic career including stints in Lead Balloon and Fresh Meat. Most importantly, he played Brian in iconic ITV kids’ series, My Parents Are Aliens.

Supporting?

Unconfirmed – but anti-Tory and he supports tactical voting. Gardner’s been pretty unequivocal on Twitter. Favoured hashtags include: #SaveTheNHS #VoteTactically #ToriesOut. He’s also been boosting the complaints of anti-Tory voters whose postal ballots haven’t yet turned up.

Pete Doherty

Who?
Remember? Pete Doherty! Libertines and Babyshambles musician. Chelsea Pensioner jacket wearer. Offender of sartorial taste. Kate Moss’s ex.

Supporting?
Unconfirmed but absolutely not the Tories. At a Manchester gig on 11 December, while thousands sang “Oh Jeremy Corbyn,” Doherty gave a little speech imploring his fans not to vote Tory.

Tracy Beaker (Dani Harmer)

BBC

Who?
Former child star turned DJ and Tory botherer, Dani Harmer. She played Tracy Beaker in the CBBC adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s massively popular books and as such, has been typecast for all time.

Backing?
Unconfirmed but Labour, judging from her Twitter likes. She’s definitely not a Tory fan though. Harmer said as much, while making an appearance at a sticky-floored nightclub in Cambridge. Video shows her shouting “Bog off Tories!”, an adaptation of Tracy Beaker’s classic catchphrase. Stirring stuff. I’m not crying, it’s just my allergies.

Ralf Little

Who?
Actor. Played the son and heir in beloved BBC One sitcom The Royle Family and also Jonny in slightly less beloved yet weirdly immortal series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Supporting?
Any non-Tory left-wing Remain candidate going. Little is a vociferous supporter of tactical voting and regularly retweets anti-Tory messages. He was even briefly banned from Twitter for impersonating the Tories “fact check uk” account.

Jamelia

Who?
How do we even answer this question? Jamelia is quite simply queen of early 2000s bops, queen of daytime TV and queen of Birmingham.

Supporting?
Jamelia has been a vocal Labour supporter this election. She's been shouting her support from the rooftops, posting frequently on Twitter.

Hugh Grant

(Getty)

Who?
We’re not even going to dignify this one with a response. If you don’t know, have a word with yourself.

Supporting?
Grant has been canvassing in Labour-Tory marginals and Lib Dem-Tory marginals, always for the candidate with the best chance of beating the Conservatives.

James Nesbitt

Who?
A Northern Irish actor best known for his role in TV drama Cold Feet.

Backing?
Nesbitt recorded a
video on Twitter to announce that he was endorsing the Labour candidate in Arundel and South Downs.

Charlotte Church

(Getty)

Who?
She became known worldwide for having “the voice of an angel” as a child, and these days she’s seen on stage and even on
Question Time. She’s one crazy chick.

Backing?
Church is a devout socialist who has supported a higher tax rate for high earners. She’s a big supporter of Plaid Cymru.

Gary Neville

Who?
Football isn’t everyone’s thing, but Gary Neville and his brother Phil are kind of a big deal. Or so we're told…

Backing?
Labour. Neville has been an outspoken critic of Boris Johnson’s, and even accused the PM’s rhetoric on immigration of “fuelling” racism in football.

Billie Piper

Who?
If the words “
Why you gotta play that song so loud? Because we want to! Because we want to!” don’t mean anything to you, then you’re far too young for us to be friends. But you might also know Biper for her roles in Doctor Who or on the West End.

Backing?
Unconfirmed,
but Piper made clear she was backing anyone but the Tories in a recent Twitter post.

Nigella Lawson

Who?
Nigella Lawson is everyone’s favourite (and the most glamorous) TV chef. She’s also an undisputed gay icon.

Backing?
We’re not sure who Nigella is backing, but we’re sure who she’s not backing, and that’s the Tories.

Noel Fielding

(Channel 4)

Who?
Resident vampire lookalike Noel Fielding first emerged as the star of Mighty Boosh
. But you might also recognise him from The Great British Bake Off.

Backing?
Fielding described the choice between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson as like
"choosing between urine and s*** sandwich", but said he'll most likely vote Labour.

So it's Tracy Beaker on one side, and Tommy Robinson on the other.

Who wins? You decide.

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