Labour's Hobbit star risks wrath of the Corbynistas: Actor Martin Freeman suggests only way party can win power is moving to the centre ground
Celebrities who give their backing to political parties are seen as essential weapons in the fight to win over the young.
However, there's often trouble when these luvvies don't have a script written for them and speak their own words.
Martin Freeman is a case in point. For the multi-millionaire, who starred in The Hobbit blockbusters, has irritated Corbynistas.
Labour-supporting Freeman has suggested the party can win power only by positioning itself in the centre ground of politics — heresy to Comrade Corbyn and his Marxist outriders.
Actor Martin Freeman (pictured) has given his support to the Labour Party, but has angered Jeremy Corbyn supporters by saying it can only win an election by moving to the centre
What's more, Freeman, 46, has singled out for praise that Corbynista hate-figure Lord (Peter) Mandelson.?
Earlier this year, Mandy said he was working 'every day' to undermine Corbyn, explaining: 'The problem with Jeremy is . . . that he literally has no idea in the 21st century how to conduct himself as a leader of a party putting itself forward in a democratic election to become the government of our country.'
Freeman's comments came as he appears on the London stage in the play Labour Of Love, which is about a New Labour MP who faces losing his seat.?
Speaking about the drama, he says the production shows 'the potential passion of the centre', adding: 'There's a great line: for us to get into power, we'll need all our lot to vote for us, and then some Tories, too.?
This country is a 'small c' conservative country — when we've had a Labour government, it's because we've had to reach across that border to the so-called enemy.'
I suggest Freeman checks the stage door for Corbyn's Momentum pals waiting to have a chat.?
Exercise in Hypocrisy ?
Scottish Health Minister Maureen Watt has been found to have claimed ￡4.68 in expenses for a 0.9-mile taxi journey. Watt — who has spoken of the importance of school children having two hours of good physical exercise every week — made the trip to deliver a speech. The subject? The benefits of physical activity, of course.?
?Veteran Eurosceptic John Redwood has highlighted some fascinating figures about the EU's scandalously anti-British Common Agricultural Policy.?
The former Tory minister says that according to figures taken from a study last year by the NAFC Marine Centre, an educational and scientific institute based in Shetland: 'EU boats land ten times more fish from our waters than we land from theirs.'?
Also, '14 times more cod and haddock, 173 times more herring, 16 times more mackerel'. No wonder Britain's fishermen voted for Leave.
There's no escaping Rennard?
Former Lib Dem activist Bridget Harris has compared Harvey Weinstein's sexual bullying to the alleged behaviour of the party's one-time chief executive Lord Rennard (left).
The peer was suspended after four women (including Ms Harris) accused him of touching them inappropriately, leading him to apologise for possibly encroaching their 'personal space'. She says: 'Same playbook, different location.'
So what of Rennard, who is an old chum of Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable? Recently, he was part of a delegation sent to Barcelona to observe Catalonia's independence vote, and it's reported his memoirs will be published in January.
Lord Bridget Rennard (pictured) was suspended after four women accused him of touching them inappropriately?
?Asked to choose a Picasso to adorn his office wall, Arts Minister John Glen opted for 'Guernica'. Bizarre choice, as it depicts a scene in which 1,500 people were killed when the Luftwaffe bombed the Basque town during Germany's support of Franco.
?Understatement of the week: Presented with evidence on BBC2's Newsnight that most viewers were clueless about Labour's policy, Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: 'We have to do much more work communicating our message.'?
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