Martin Freeman and David Tennant star in new Labour election broadcast

30th March, 2015 2:08 pm

Martin Freeman election broadcast

Labour will have a new election broadcast airing tonight. It features Martin Freeman, star of The Office, The Hobbit and Sherlock, talking directly to camera about “the choice” in the election, and a voiceover from Doctor Who and Broadchurch actor David Tennant.

Freeman says:

“I think, in the end, it’s simple: it boils down to a choice between a Labour Government or a Conservative one. But it isn’t just the choice between two different plan, two different ways of getting the deficit down.

“It’s a choice between two completely different sets of values. A choice about what kind of country we want to live in.”

He finishes:

“Really, for me, there’s only one choice. And I choose Labour.”

Below is the advert as it will air on television tomorrow night (BBC One 6.55pm, BBC Two 5.55pm, ITV 6.25pm):

A slightly different version will air on Scottish television tonight on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party. You can watch it here.

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  • Michael Bater

    Need Patrick Stewart just to finish the Labour geek fest!

    • treborc1

      Yes and then the Enterprise to beam the lot up.

    • Theoderic Braun

      Make it so!

  • bikerboy

    Oh, the rich luvvies are popping up. Bono next I guess.

    • Andrew

      Just get Labour resting-MP Shaun Woodward to fund the whole Labour campaign. The cost would be significantly less than the daily fluctuations in his personal wealth.

      • Andrew

        Jeez you guys really don’t like it coming back at you

    • Dave Postles

      Where is Michael Caine when the Tories need him?

      • treborc1

        Living in tax exile.

      • Andrew

        Still waiting for a response ref Benn; or maybe hitting you with facts is something you struggle to find a response for? I do know that the relationship between Labour and the facts is a tenuous one.
        Balls, flatline, triple dip… how we are laughing today (don’t dodge the Benn point)

        • Dave Postles

          You will wait in vain because you were completely wrong about ‘Lord Benn’. That was my point.

          • Andrew

            Sad you can’t reply. You have done yourself a disservice. Weak. Fact free labour again. How dull

          • Dave Postles

            Wrong again. I’m not Labour; I’m undecided.

  • David Pickering

    Does anyone have even the faintest idea why we should be listening to multi-millionaire actors?

    • Dave Postles

      All the right-wing Tory-supporting multi-millionaire actors haven’t yet managed to understand how to use their zimmer frames or have already flitted.

      • David Pickering

        Imagine politicians being so unpopular, they need to get other people to tell us to vote for them.

        • Dave Postles

          No, it’s just part of the cult of celebrity which pervades our society, so politicians jump on that bandwagon. I suppose that it really advanced under Blair. Celebrity endorsements are prized assets these days. Politics is just an extension of advertising products.

          • RegisteredHere

            In fairness, the Tories used that Take That guy, and if they had more credibility with the celebs they would no doubt exploit them to the max.

          • Dave Postles

            They used Michael Caine in 2010, who appeared alongside Cameron, proposing a compulsory national youth service scheme, which Cameron endorsed with fullsome praise, but quickly dropped.

          • treborc1

            I’m waiting to see Katie Price being used by one of the parties, this is what the NHS can do for you, the bounce.

          • Theoderic Braun

            Perhaps the Conservatives might consider using Lucy Pindar in a PPB. She’s a red-hot “Tory bird” apparently who might win a few votes for her party of choice from FHM readers.

          • RegisteredHere

            I think that’s Cameron’s biggest problem: it’s getting harder and harder to believe anything he says.

        • RegisteredHere

          Can we get other people to vote for them in Parliament?

        • Theoderic Braun

          Not only unpopular but unknown. Political naivety amongst the general public is shocking: a majority of people neither know the offices of government, who fills them, or even the names of individual politicians and which parties they belong to let alone what their policies are and/or how they affect others.

          Which is why the Coalition has got get away with murder.

          Literally.

          Didn’t Professor Stephen Hawking appear in a Party Political Broadcast for Labour some years ago? Now, that’s more like it. Even though David Tennant fans probably mistook him for Davros, Father of the Daleks.

    • ColinAdkins

      I think this is the second time in a row I have agreed with you. I criticise all parties who use celebs in this way.

      • Rick

        They could have found someone with a clean slate with the HMRC !

        • RegisteredHere

          Unlikely.

      • David Pickering

        I think it shows who far trust in politicians has fallen, that we are offered advice from people who get paid to read words from a piece of paper.

    • RegisteredHere

      Because we’re a shallow, feckless, semi-literate electorate, and it’s all we deserve?

      • David Pickering

        I think your second paragraph is probably the finest thing ever to appear on LabourList. I concur with those thoughts.

      • Canarydan

        There are times when I feel that there is that little between the two big parties that it you replaced the Crunchie Bar with a Twirl, it might be enough to sway me.

        • RegisteredHere

          The first party to replace either with regulated cannabis would probably get a Boost in the polls 🙂

    • Canarydan

      I wouldn’t let them inform my decisions, but I don’t mind seeing it because it takes one of the right’s favoured attack lines away from them. Can’t be using the politics of envy approach against multi-millionaires can you?

  • bikerboy

    It really doesn’t take long, does it? Seems the Freeman household used bankruptcy to avoid tax. Fancy that!

    • MrSauce

      They probably reckoned that his family’s tax dodging is fairly minor compared to the Milibands’ and Cooper-Balls’.
      Remember: it is only your wealth that they want to redistribute, not theirs.

      • bikerboy

        This is what always annoyed me about Bono – there he was lobbying for third world debt write-off – regardless of one’s views on the matter he wasn’t paying for it because Ireland was next to tax free on music royalties. When they went pop the next cheapest place was NL.

        Clearly you need to be a tax avoider to be a socialist.

        • treborc1

          Hell of a lot of Tories are socialist then.

          • bikerboy

            Wish I could up vote that more than once ☺

        • Dave Postles

          Bono – a socialist – you’ve posted two days too soon.

  • Andrew

    Stand by for the tax exposee

    • bikerboy

      And the private schools

      • Steve Stubbs

        And the praise and usage of private medicine for those who can afford it.

  • Mukkinese

    No doubt the comments will be filled by the Tory faithful. Sent an early morning Email with bullet points and smears to try.

    Regardless, the message of the video is right, Labour give a damn about all the people, the Tories only care about the better off…

    • treborc1

      They do do they, pity then they do not say so.
      We are not the party of people on benefits. We don’t want to be seen,
      and we’re not, the party to represent those who are out of work.” That
      this was a small part of an interview , yes it does mean labour are not the party of every one.

  • wolfman

    How many pathetic trolls on one thread…..

    As a Labour supporter who has stood in the local elections…..May I say good broadcast…

    For anyone new browsing the comments on this thread…It’s either muppets sent from Conhome or “so called lefties” that are voting UKIP..

    Pay no attention !!!!

    • Marco

      I agree – it IS a good broadcast. I think simple is best in these things. This one is strong, natural sounding and un-flashy. I like it.

      • Ian

        You would have thought Freeman would have cleared his “morally bankrupt” tax status with the Labour Party before this was made, wouldn’t you? It does look rather hypocritical.

    • David Pickering

      Or people who are not members of any political party, laughing at the depths politicians will stoop to to get the Plebs to vote for them.

      • Dave Postles

        I’ll see you in court for defamation.

    • Adam Peak

      I’m going to call you out every time you say “Troll”. Let’s see how many times today!

  • Marco

    That Martin Freeman’s got a lovely voice. Wish Ed sounded like that…

  • Andrew

    Net worth £10 million plus. Tax paid, not as much as he might have done… Another good Socialist

  • Jane Manby

    Bankruptcy laws recognise individuals rather than couples, so the penniless partner of a wealthy person is free to go bust like anyone else
    one rule for them one for us.If you share a house with someone else and claim housing benefit and council tax benefit their income is taken into acoount, you need only be friends or loose family like cousins etc.

  • Robert Leslie

    I’m a bit late joining in on this one but…. So, Labour are ‘sugar and spice and all things nice’ while the Tories are ‘slugs and snails and puppy dogs’ tails’. Put it another way – the Tories are vehemently against ‘Motherhood and apple pie’ while the Labour Party is passionately supportive.
    I wonder about the strategy of making ‘values’ the issue rather than concrete policies. Is there a sub-text here? The Labour Party might not be able to deliver on its policy pledges but vote for us because our heart’s in the right place.
    Every other party in this GE will claim to stand for communities, families, the empowerment of our young people. It is only through the policies that they offer that the electorate will decide on who they trust with ‘Motherhood and apple pie’.

    • MonkeyBot5000

      You forgot to mention ‘hard-working families’, why do you hate Britain so much!?

  • Steve Stubbs

    You would have thought that labour would have checked on his tax status, use of private schooling and his statements in support of private medicine for the rich before using him for this video..

    Who is organising this disaster? And are we really going to put then in charge of a government department..??

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