Eddie Izzard Sheffield: Hollywood actor Russell Crowe comes out in support of parliamentary hopeful
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Russell Crowe has come out in support of Sheffield University graduate and Labour member, Eddie Izzard, in the race to be the next Labour MP for Sheffield Central. The New Zealand-born actor, who has starred in films like Gladiator, Les Misérables and American Gangster, shared Izzard’s campaign launch video on Twitter with a supportive message.
He said: “Fantastic. Go on Eddie. No brighter mind, no bigger heart. What an amazing opportunity for Sheffield.”
Izzard formally announced her campaign for the parliamentary seat yesterday, when she promised to “take the fight to the Tories and get Keir Starmer into Number 10". ITV presenter, Lorraine Kelly also shared support for Izzard, saying “Big congrats – a politician with integrity. You go girl” in a tweet of her own.
No formal selection process has been started yet by Labour to select who will be their candidate for the seat, but Eddie Izzard is one of three candidates to have put their hat into the ring. Abdi Suleiman, another former University of Sheffield student and former Student’s Union President, and city councillor, Abtisam Mohamed, have also put themselves forward to be the Labour candidate.
Current Sheffield Central MP, Paul Blomfield, announced in February he would step down as an MP at the next election. He has been the MP for the constituency since 2010 and won in 2019 with a 27,000 vote majority. Eddie Izzard announced her ambition to stand as an MP in Sheffield Central earlier in the year, after Blomfield’s announcement.