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Leading cultural figures announce support for Jeremy Corbyn

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Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters and Steve Coogan added their names to a letter backing Mr Corbyn to be next prime minister.

Leading cultural figures including American linguist Noam Chomsky, actor Steve Coogan and poet Kate Tempest have signed a letter backing Jeremy Corbyn for prime minister.

Film directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, and the band Massive Attack were also among more than 40 signatories calling for a Labour victory in the General Election.

The letter, which appeared on the Guardian’s website, says Mr Corbyn’s leadership “offers a transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and the planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few”.

Linguist Noam Chomsky
Linguist Noam Chomsky has announced his support for Jeremy Corbyn (PA)

“We are shamed by extreme levels of inequality, neglect and environmental impoverishment resulting from decades of neoliberalism, in Britain and across the world.

“We are inspired by growing movements, from Chile to Lebanon and beyond, calling for dignity, accountability and economic justice.

“People are demanding a future that promises their children decent education, health, jobs and homes, and humane and sustainable solutions to the climate crisis.”

Roger Waters
Former Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters has announced his support for Jeremy Corbyn (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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“Between hope and despair, the choice before British voters on 12 December could not be more stark or more urgent,” it adds.

Other signatories include the author Naomi Klein, Top Boy star Ashley Walters and musician Brian Eno.

Klein said: “The next government will hold power during fateful years on our planet’s climate clock.

“There is only one leader who possesses both a path to victory and a bold plan on the scale of the crisis. That leader is Jeremy Corbyn.”

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