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Stormzy signs open letter supporting Jeremy Corbyn ahead of U.K. election

The MC is one of a number of grime artists to back the Labour party.

November 25, 2019
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Stormzy has backed the Labour party and leader Jeremy Corbyn in the run-up to Britain's general election next month. The rapper is one of a number of grime MCs to sign a letter to The Guardian urging young people to register to vote in the election and outlining their intention to vote Labour.

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The letter calls on readers to “end austerity, rebuild our communities, and take back the means to change our lives for the better.” Other prominent grime artists to sign the letter include Kano, Akala, Charlie Sloth, Professor Green, Saskilla, and Sharkey Major.

“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,” the letter says.

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“We are under no illusions about Labour’s own imperial history, and we don’t think the British establishment is fundamentally going to change. But we are sick of our taxes being spent on fighting more wars and building more jails.

“Jeremy 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.”

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Stormzy expanded on his personal support for Jeremy Corbyn in a statement posted on Instagram Monday evening. "There are several reasons as to why I’m voting for him — 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 the power back to the people and helping those who need a helping hand from the government the most." He concluded his letter be reiterating his call to register to vote.

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It is very very very important that every single person who reads this goes and registers to vote. The deadline is 23:59 tomorrow, the link is in my bio. Do not just scroll past, don’t sit there and think “my one 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. Your “one little vote” means everything, there were millions of people who thought there “one little vote” didn’t mean shit and now Trump is the president of America and we are leaving the EU. So your vote really does count. I will be registering to vote and I will be voting for Jeremy Corbyn. There are several reasons as to why I’m voting for him - 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 the power back to the people and helping those who need a helping hand from the government the most. I think Boris Johnson is a sinister man with a long record of lying and policies that have absolutely no regard for the people that our government should be committed to helping and empowering. 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 blacks people as “picaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”. I think it’s extremely dangerous to have a man with those views as the sole leader of our country. These are all MY views, I don’t care for your love or hate for them. I just think it’s important that we all register and go out and vote. And I think it’s important that we use our vote to make sure that the person who runs our country for the next 4 years is someone committed to doing what is right. GO OUT AND DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND TRY YOUR BEST TO LEARN AND UNDERSTAND WHO IT IS YOU’RE VOTING FOR. THE LINK TO REGISTER TO VOTE IS IN MY BIO. 💪🏿

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The deadline for voter registration is midnight on November 26 with the election due to take place on December 12.

Stormzy backed Corbyn's Labour party in the most recent U.K. election back in 2017. He has maintained an anti-Conservative stance ever since, stating “Fuck Boris” in recent single "Vossi Bop" and labelling Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg "an actual piece of shit" over comments the politician made about the Grenfell disaster.

Heavy Is The Head, Stormzy's second album, is schedule for release on December 13, one day after the U.K. election.

This post was updated on Monday, November 25, 2019 to include Stormzy's personal letter of support.

Stormzy signs open letter supporting Jeremy Corbyn ahead of U.K. election