Stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard urged residents to make the most of their right to vote during a visit to Bedford on Friday.
The town was the fifty-fifth constituency on his whistle-stop, pre-election tour in support of Labour.
He said in the city where he was born, in Yemen, there is currently a civil war waging and 'they would like more democracy'.
Izzard went on to say, 'Men and women died to vote. It's a thing that people fight for so if people get interested in politics then great, if I can get them to vote, fantastic'.
Izzard, who intends to stand as an MP or mayor of London, said he supports Labour because it stands for fairness.
This article originally appeared in the Bedfordshire on Sunday, 26 April 2015.