Yesterday we published this letter of support for Labour, signed by 40 prominent cultural figures.

Here is an elaboration on the #Arts4Labour website, with personal statements from many of the signatories. We include a few of those here, below the list of signatories.

Letter in the Guardian

Ronan Bennett    writer, producer
Noam Chomsky   philosopher
Chipo Chung   actor
Clean Bandit  band
Steve Coogan comedian, actor
Rob Delaney  actor
David Edgar   playwright
Brian Eno   musician, producer
Andrew Feinstein   writer
Stephen Frears   film director
David Graeber   anthropologist, author
Steve Gribbin   comedian
Kane ‘Kano’ Robinson  rapper
Asif  Kapadia  film director
Aki Kaurismaki   film director
Peter Kennard   artist
AL Kennedy    author
Naomi Klein   author
Mike Leigh   film director
Ken Loach  film director
Lowkey   rapper
Sabrina Mahfouz   playwright
Esther Manito   comedian
Michael Mansfield   barrister
Francesca Martinez   comedian
Massive Attack   band
Bill McKibben   co-founder 350.org
Robin Rimbaud ‘SCANNER’  musician
Michael Rosen poet, broadcaster
Martin Rowson   cartoonist
Mark Rylance actor
Alexei Sayle  writer, comedian
Gillian Slovo  writer
Robyn Slovo   film producer
Ahdaf Soueif   author
Joelle Taylor  poet
Kate Tempest  poet, musician
Jess Thom  artistic director, Touretteshero
Mark Thomas  writer, comedian
Yanis Varoufakis  economist
Ashley Walters   actor
Roger Waters   musician
Benjamin Zephaniah   poet, musician

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Comments (1)

  • Norma Cohen says:

    This reverberating validation of Labour Party policy – not just towards the arts but permeating every fibre of our creative lives – has just been boosted by a hard-hitting statement delivered by the four award-winning artist members of a collective who jointly won the Turner prize this week. A powerful call for collaborative and communal action In the face of aggressive, right-wing Tory policies that are decimating the arts along with every other life-affirming structure.

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