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Comedian and activist Russell Brand backs Labour

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2015 | 5:00 AM

LONDON (AP):

Comedian-turned-political activist Russell Brand has changed his mind and is no longer urging people not to vote in Thursday's general election.

Instead, Brand yesterday used his YouTube channel to urge his more than one million subscribers to back the Labour Party's Ed Miliband.

He said the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister David Cameron must be stopped.

The last-minute conversion may influence young voters who have read Brand's recent best-selling book Revolution and embraced his YouTube complaints about big business.

The long-haired comedian has campaigned for London tenants and complained about heartless capitalism. He interviewed Miliband last week for his YouTube channel.

He said on YouTube that Miliband would not change things overnight but would listen to peoples' complaints.