Leaflets have been printed and posted around Croydon Central by Labour supporters urging people to vote for their party in the general election on June 8 in what is one of the country’s most marginal seats – using Stormzy as their role model.
Stormzy, a UK grime artist, is from Croydon and has strong links with his old community. Just a few months ago, he put a billboard up close to his former school Harris Academy in South Norwood with the message: “All my young black kings rise up man, this is our year.”
He has also made his support for the Labour party very clear.
In an interview last year, Stormzy showed his support for Jeremy Corbyn by saying: “My man, Jeremy! Young Jeremy, my guy. I dig what he says. I saw some sick picture of him from back in the day when he was campaigning about anti-apartheid and I thought ‘yeah, I like your energy’.
“I feel like he gets what the ethnic minorities are going through and the homeless and the working class.”
Labour MP – Sarah Jones, lost the Croydon Central seat in the 2015 general election to Tories MP, Gavin Barwell by a mere 165 votes.
Croydon Central has been deemed as the fourth tightest in the country after Gower, Derby North and the City of Chester.
Stormzy said of Corbyn and his policy on social housing: “Now that I’m at a certain financial situation, I’m able to buy a house. But if I never became this, how the f*** was I going to buy a house? It’s mad out here.”
This attitude has spurred local Labour activists to use his voice to support the political party in the upcoming election.
The leaflets posted in the area claim the Tories hold only 165 more votes in the area with the caption: “Even your dad’s got more Facebook friends – Stormzy says vote Labour”.
This campaign by Labour activists has gone viral on social media despite the party confirming they are not involved in the creation nor the distribution of this flyer.
— Ellis Hayes (@ellishayes) 30 May 2017
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