Former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh has given a barnstorming speech encouraging UK voters to support Labour in the 8 June general election. The passionate speech described how the “mass movement” of “people who give a toss” could save Britain from the decline witnessed under the Conservative government.
A far cry from the cobbled streets of Corrie
Hesmondhalgh played trans woman Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street for 16 years. But her speech at Labour’s campaign launch in Manchester this week was a far cry from the cobbles of Corrie.
Speaking of how “excited” she felt at Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour Party, she said:
In my adult life, I have never felt as excited and exhilarated by party politics.
For me, it felt like a moment. A moment when the Labour Party, and its core values and principles, would finally be in line with my own deeply held socialist beliefs. About equality, justice and peace…
On the campaign trail, I said that I felt like I was part of a new and exciting mass movement of people who gave a toss about stuff. Well, this is our moment…
From tomorrow, we have 30 days. 30 days to turn this around. 30 days to be on the right side of history. 30 days to take our message into the homes and the hearts and the minds of people who have been long disenfranchised and disengaged with politics thinking that we’re all the same. We emphatically are not!
We have 30 days to create the opportunity for a fairer, better, more equal society. And 30 days to save our NHS.
Now is the time to put everything else aside. To stand up for what you believe in, in your hearts and souls. To get out onto the streets; get this message across loud and clear.
Let’s turn this mass movement into a government, a country, a society that truly gives a toss about stuff.
— I was a JSA claimant (@imajsaclaimant) May 9, 2017
A far cry from Conservative HQ
The event struck a whole different chord from Theresa May on The One Show couch, vowing to bring back fox hunting. Especially as Labour was about to announce that it would scrap university tuition fees if voted into government.
For the first time in a long while, UK voters have a real choice on 8 June. A country for the few, or a country for the many. Let’s all try to ensure they make the right choice.
– Register to vote in the 8 June general election.
– Discuss the key policy issues with family members, colleagues and neighbours. And organise! Join (and participate in the activities of) a union, an activist group, and/or a political party.
– Read more from The Canary on the 2017 general election.
– Read and support news outlets who hold the powerful to account. Here are some we recommend. Please add more that you like in the comments:
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