Yesteday I blogged about the celebities that have come out in favour of which party. Today I will give you a few that have dabbled in running for office or have simply used their status to play a role. According to The Mirror many celebrities, including Twilight star Robert Pattinson, have tried their hand at politics below is their top ten list of celebrities dabbling in politics:
1) Blur drummer Dave Rowntree is a long-standing member of the Labour Party and was selected to fight for the seat of Cities of London and Westminster. Fans of the group need not to worry as Rowntree denied his intentions to sacrifice the band for politics, claiming he’s a “musician first.”
2) Joanna Lumley is renowned for her champagne-sipping, chain-smoking character Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous, but despite already having two talents displayed by many MPs, the TV star dismissed the idea of standing for parliament. Despite winning a campaign in the Houses Of Parliament to let Gurkha veterans settle in the UK, the 62-year old says she is “too old to learn the rules.”
3) TV presenter Esther Rantzen is going to stand as an independent candidate at the general election against Labour MP Margaret Moran, who claimed over £20k in expenses for dry rot in her second home. That’s life in Luton South…
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4) Oscar winning actress Glenda Jackson went from getting her kit off in films like Women In Love, to become an MP for 1992. At one point, she was Minister Of Transport in London. However, being outspoken against both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, she’s now on the backbenches as MP for Hampstead and Highgate, or Hampstead and Kilburn as it’s now known.
5) Comedian and transvestite Eddie Izzard recently ran a massive 43 marathons in 52 days and announced his intentions to run for parliament in Westminster or Brussels, within next 15 years. We always thought he ran rather slowly.
6) Geri Halliwell claimed an affinity with former Tory Prime Minster ‘Iron Lady’ Margaret Thatcher, saying the Milk Snatcher was the “first Spice Girl, the pioneer of our ideology.” Ginger also starred in Labour’s first election broadcast in their 2001 campaign but failed to don her infamous Union Jack dress.
7) Bodybuilder-turned-moviestar-turned politico Arnold Schwarzenegger ditched his film career and successfully ran as Governor of California. However, it will be hasta la vista, baby, when his term ceases in January 2011.
8) U2 frontman and politician botherer Bono just can’t get help getting on the politcal world stage. Regularly hobnobbing with the likes of George W Bush and Nelson Mandela, he even popped up at the Conservative party conference last year by video link. The Irish rocker complimented the Tories commitment to international development and helping his campaigns against AIDs, malaria, third world debt etc etc etc
9) Pop Idol winner Will Young used his 2:2 in politics from the University Of Exeter when he featured as a panelist on BBC’s heavyweight political programme Question Time. He wasn’t very good. We think you’d better leave right now, Will.
10) Boy band Busted became became unlikley poster boys for David Cameron when they pledged allegiance to the Conservative party. Kind of. Guitarist Matt, 21, said: “I don’t really like the politics but I’ve always grown up with their views – the Tories’ way of doing things. I just prefer their way of doing things.” Even when he speaks, you can tell he’s lyrically gifted.