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Grime artists back Corbyn for PM once again

GRIME artists have again thrown their weight behind Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn following the success of the seemingly unlikely alliance in 2017.

On Monday, artists including Stormzy, Ghettes, Kano, Lowkey, Akala and Professor Green signed an open letter in support of Labour’s general election campaign.

On the same day, tweets by Stormzy urging fans to register to vote were followed by a 236 per cent spike in electoral registration.

The performance breakdown on the website showed that 150,000 of the applications were from people aged under of 25, while 114,000 were from 25 to 34-year-olds.

The London artist tweeted that he would vote for Mr Corbyn after 26 years of “never trusting politicians.”

He described the Labour leader as “the man in a position of power who is committed to giving power back to the people.”

Stormzy described Boris Johnson as a “sinister man", highlighting a number of the Prime Minister’s past racist and Islamophobic slurs.

“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,’ compares women in burkas to letterboxes and referred to black people as ‘piccaninnies’ with ‘watermelon smiles’,” he tweeted.

In an open letter published by the Guardian, British musicians, rappers and grime artists said Labour would “reinvest in the housing, youth clubs, community groups and cultural centres being destroyed by the current government.”

The relaunched Grime4Corbyn movement follows on from a campaign in 2017 to persuade young people to vote that was credited with increasing support for Labour.


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