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I've seen these done for the US, so I thought it would be fun to perhaps try this, but only as an idea for now which i may come back to. Looking for top British names from the world of TV, movies, music, sport and news/political journalists/commentators who are real-life supporters of the particular party. Here's to start with some of the best examples, will fill in more later. Figures can be living or dead, can't be too obscure. Any suggestions?

Labour

Patrick Stewart

Stephen Fry

Sir Alex Ferguson

David Tennant

JK Rowling

Liam Gallagher

Eddie Izzard

Elton John

Piers Morgan

Conservative

Michael Caine

Joan Collins

Andrew Lloyd Webber

William Roche

Carol Vorderman

Sir Trevor McDonald

Simon Cowell

Nick Robinson

Lib Dem

John Cleese

Daniel Radcliffe

Colin Firth

Richard Dawkins

Germaine Greer

Brian May

Kate Winslet

Rory Bremner

Vivienne Westwood

Boy George

Green

Joanna Lumley

David Icke

Tim Roth

Annie Lennox

SNP

Sean Connery

Irvine Welsh

Sandi Thom

Plaid

George Monbiot

UKIP

Jeremy Clarkson

Rodney Atkinson

BNP

David Irving

UK Libertarian Party

FA Hayek

Independent

Jeremy Paxman

Bob Geldof

John Lennon

Billy Bragg

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Some more suggestions: Sir Alex Ferguson, Ross Kemp, David Tennant, Jo Brand, JK Rowling and Elizabeth Dawn for Labour, Billy Bragg for either Labour, the Lib Dems or the Greens, William Roche, Carol Vorderman, Sir Trevor McDonald and Anthony Worrell-Thompson for the Tories, Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Firth and Richard Dawkins for the Lib Dems and Kate Ford for the Greens. Maybe Jeremy Clarkson for UKIP and David Irving for the BNP (although neither have openly expressed their support for either party, their views are arguably close to those parties.)

Some of those are stretching it a bit, but all of those have at least half-expressed their political views.

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He is already in the Anarchy in the UK scenario!

I would also add Simon Cowell, Nigella Lawson and Nick Robinson for the Tories and Jeremy Paxman as an Independant (I know that he was a communist in local election, but he considers himself now a swing voter).

Billy Bragg is very difficult to put down either as a left-wing Lib Dem or Labour.

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Opening night is still a matter of months away, but Britain's leading political parties are auditioning performers and artists in order to put on the best show for the general election.

A flurry of drinks functions and supper parties in London this month has marked the opening round of the contest to sign up the brightest British talent.

While the Lib Dems may have bagged Coldplay's Chris Martin, Colin Firth, Kate Winslet, Andrew Motion, Razorlight, the Kooks and Brian Eno, and while Labour wins the youth vote with both JK Rowling and David Tennant, the former Doctor Who star, the Tories have been slower off the mark, with potential claims so far to the television personalities Kirstie Allsopp, Carol Vorderman and Trevor McDonald.

The party that leads the polls claims that it is playing a deliberately measured game, targeting sections of the creative community at separate events. At the beginning of this month, the Tories hosted an arts event at the auction house Bonhams and their next soiree is timed to coincide with London Fashion Week. They also put on an event for advertising industry mover and shakers.

It is a high-risk strategy. Stars invited to a campaigning party often attend in the hope of spotting other celebrities.

New Labour was damaged by the satirical fallout of its celebrity parties in 1997, when Noel Gallagher from Oasis and Lenny Henry lined up to be counted in Downing Street, but the government is anxious not to be left standing in the wings.

"It is particularly important for the Labour party because the Conservatives have such funds," said author and Labour supporter Kathy Lette. "They may have the coffers, but we have the charisma and the comedians."

This year, competition for the support of the right people is thought to be more intense for three reasons. First, the MPs' expenses scandal has made popular stars reluctant to associate themselves with parliamentary politics. Second, arts policy is now recognised by politicians as key to both PR and to the country's creative economy. And third, many formerly Labour-leaning "luvvies" have become alienated from the New Labour project, often because of the war in Iraq.

"People are suffering from chronic scept-icaemia," said Lette. "But if Emily Davison went to the trouble to chain herself to the railings, voting is the least we can do."

Lette was among several prominent women to attend a Labour fundraising dinner before Christmas. Also present were Jo Brand, Tracey Ullman, Dawn French and Arabella Weir. "We were like a human Wonderbra," said Lette. "Uplifting, supportive and helping to make the party look bigger and better."

BritArt stars, as well as comedians, are central to a New Labour supporters' campaign, launched this weekend. Sculptor Antony Gormley and artists Jeremy Deller, Mark Wallinger, Richard Wentworth and Bob and Roberta Smith are among leading names to create posters for the "Make Your Mark" drive. The anarchic series of posters, which will go up on a website, are to be auctioned for the Labour party next month.

Each effort to forge links with famous faces is being led by a team of well-connected strategists. While David Cameron has Peter Czernin, a wealthy 37-year-old film producer, and Gordon Brown can call on his wife's public relations contacts, Liberal Democrat celebrities are being marshalled by Jane Bonham Carter, a cousin of the actress Helena Bonham Carter, who helped organise a crowded event at the House of Commons a fortnight ago. Among the guests were Brian May, of Queen, artist Grayson Perry, actress Sally Phillips, comedians David Baddiel, Ronni Ancona and Rory Bremner and, surprisingly, the cult documentary-maker Molly Dineen, a former director of a party political broadcast for Tony Blair.

The Tories will have to move quickly to secure some potent names. But they are not the only parliamentary party to have alienated its old guard.

"In the days of Margaret Thatcher, I was very happy to appear on a platform with her," said film director Michael Winner. "But these days you have got the choice between two nincompoops. And then there is Nick Clegg, who is a nice fellow, but there is no point in him, really."

Winner also doubts that celebrity endorsements have much impact. Although the support of Tennant, who appeared in a Labour party political broadcast in 2005, remains a coup for the government, the veteran film director is not convinced even The Doctor has enough persuasive power "to sell a party to voters".

"We just don't have stars of that level," said Winner. "I am not sure even someone like David Tennant is widely enough known. If you went out on the street, quite a lot of people would not be sure who he is. I have been voting for 55 years and this time I think I will probably wait until the last minute and then vote simply to keep one or other of them out."

Political websites are full of bold claims, with some celebrities claimed by several parties. There was excitement, for instance, when Eddie Izzard announced he was really "a radical Liberal", but there is no clear evidence that the Labour supporter has swapped sides.

"I would be a liberal," he said, "but the image of a liberal is sort of – because left and right have been in power for a long time in Britain, the image of a liberal is one of, 'Oh… I'm not sure, and you're…? Oh, really? And you…? Oh, really? I'm on the fence here…'."

Previously, the Lib Dems have proudly claimed Germaine Greer, Richard Dawkins, Sandi Toksvig and John Cleese, and some have hopes of "bagging" Michael Palin.

Stephen Fry is a jealously guarded Labour prize, coveted by the Lib Dems. Fry, an active supporter of the Labour party for many years, appeared in a party political broadcast with Hugh Laurie and Michelle Collins in November 1993, but he did not vote in 2005 because of Labour's stance on the Iraq war. He has praised the social policy of the current government, but been critical of the "third way". There may still be all to play for.

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I've updated the list some more, along with some of the suggestions above. David Icke has been featured before, but I feel he is universally well known enough to appear here. When it comes to the smaller parties, it's clutching at straws for celebrities, so lesser-known ones can apply. Bragg, Lennon and Geldof, I'm not sure where to put for now, or whether they will stay there. Geldof has leanings to the Tories, but claims to have no interest in party politics. Any suggestions for where John Lennon would go?

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Rowan Atkinson's brother is formally associated with the UKIP.

For the UK Libertarian Party, I would add FA Hayek (if you can add deceased people).

I would also add George Monbiot for Plaid Cymru (he is also a public Green and Lib Dem supporter)

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So, this could give a general idea for their riding.

Labour

Patrick Stewart (Dewsbury)

Stephen Fry (Hampstead and Kilburn)

Sir Alex Ferguson (Stretford and Urmston)

David Tennant (Paisley and Renfrewshire North)

JK Rowling (Thornbury and Yate)

Liam Gallagher (Manchester Withington)

Eddie Izzard (Sheffield Central)

Elton John (Watford)

Piers Morgan (Guildford)

Conservative

Michael Caine (Mole Valley)

Joan Collins (Cities of London and Westminster)

Andrew Lloyd Webber (Kensington)

William Roche (Not sure)

Carol Vorderman (Vale of Clwyd)

Sir Trevor McDonald (Wimbledon)

Simon Cowell (Hertsmere)

Nick Robinson (Macclesfield)

Lib Dem

John Cleese (Weston-super-Mare)

Daniel Radcliffe (Southend West)

Colin Firth (East Hampshire)

Richard Dawkins (Oxford East)

Germaine Greer (Oxford West and Abingdon)

Brian May (Twickenham)

Kate Winslet (Bermondsey and Old Southwark)

Rory Bremner (Edinburgh South)

Vivienne Westwood (Harrow West)

Boy George (Islington North)

Green

Joanna Lumley (Islington South and Finsbury)

David Icke (Isle of Wright)

Tim Roth (Dulwich and West Norwood)

Annie Lennox (Aberdeen South)

SNP

Sean Connery (Edinburgh East)

Irvine Welsh (Edinburgh North and Leith)

Sandi Thom (Banff and Buchan)

Plaid

George Monbiot (Montgomeryshire)

UKIP

Jeremy Clarkson (Witney)

Rodney Atkinson (North West Durham)

BNP

David Irving (Brentwood and Ongar)

UK Libertarian Party

FA Hayek (Chelsea and Fulham)

Independent

Jeremy Paxman (Henley)

Bob Geldof (Battersea)

John Lennon (Liverpool Riverside)

Billy Bragg (Barking)

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I'll fill in the other candidates at a later date. Good work Matvail on the constituencies. Might remove Icke then. Think Billy Conolly might be Labour.

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So, this could give a general idea for their riding.

Labour

Patrick Stewart (Dewsbury)

Stephen Fry (Hampstead and Kilburn)

Sir Alex Ferguson (Stretford and Urmston)

David Tennant (Paisley and Renfrewshire North)

JK Rowling (Thornbury and Yate)

Liam Gallagher (Manchester Withington)

Eddie Izzard (Sheffield Central)

Elton John (Watford)

Piers Morgan (Guildford)

Conservative

Michael Caine (Mole Valley)

Joan Collins (Cities of London and Westminster)

Andrew Lloyd Webber (Kensington)

William Roche (Not sure)

Carol Vorderman (Vale of Clwyd)

Sir Trevor McDonald (Wimbledon)

Simon Cowell (Hertsmere)

Nick Robinson (Macclesfield)

Lib Dem

John Cleese (Weston-super-Mare)

Daniel Radcliffe (Southend West)

Colin Firth (East Hampshire)

Richard Dawkins (Oxford East)

Germaine Greer (Oxford West and Abingdon)

Brian May (Twickenham)

Kate Winslet (Bermondsey and Old Southwark)

Rory Bremner (Edinburgh South)

Vivienne Westwood (Harrow West)

Boy George (Islington North)

Green

Joanna Lumley (Islington South and Finsbury)

David Icke (Isle of Wright)

Tim Roth (Dulwich and West Norwood)

Annie Lennox (Aberdeen South)

SNP

Sean Connery (Edinburgh East)

Irvine Welsh (Edinburgh North and Leith)

Sandi Thom (Banff and Buchan)

Plaid

George Monbiot (Montgomeryshire)

UKIP

Jeremy Clarkson (Witney)

Rodney Atkinson (North West Durham)

BNP

David Irving (Brentwood and Ongar)

UK Libertarian Party

FA Hayek (Chelsea and Fulham)

Independent

Jeremy Paxman (Henley)

Bob Geldof (Battersea)

John Lennon (Liverpool Riverside)

Billy Bragg (Barking)

Good idea!

I recall Rory Bremner slagging off Nick Clegg on a panel show prior to the election. Something on the lines of "the lib dems and tories are making sure the debates won't be shown in 3-D because Cameron and Clegg are two dimensional"

Baldrick off Blackadder is a Labour supporter. Did you pick up Phill Collins (I can feel it coooming in the air tonight), Paul Daniels (irritating magican), and Busted (boyband) for the Conservatives aswell?

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So, this could give a general idea for their riding.

Labour

Patrick Stewart (Dewsbury)

Stephen Fry (Hampstead and Kilburn)

Sir Alex Ferguson (Stretford and Urmston)

David Tennant (Paisley and Renfrewshire North)

JK Rowling (Thornbury and Yate)

Liam Gallagher (Manchester Withington)

Eddie Izzard (Sheffield Central)

Elton John (Watford)

Piers Morgan (Guildford)

Tony Robinson (Leyton and Wanstead)

Anthony Giddens (Edmonton)

Conservative

Michael Caine (Mole Valley)

Joan Collins (Cities of London and Westminster)

Andrew Lloyd Webber (Kensington)

William Roache (Erewash)

Carol Vorderman (Vale of Clwyd)

Sir Trevor McDonald (Wimbledon)

Simon Cowell (Hertsmere)

Nick Robinson (Macclesfield)

Phil Collins (Brentford and Isleworth)

Paul Daniels (Thirsk and Malton)

Tom Fletcher (Suffolk Coastal)

Charlie Simpson (Harrow East)

Lib Dem

John Cleese (Weston-super-Mare)

Daniel Radcliffe (Southend West)

Colin Firth (East Hampshire)

Richard Dawkins (Oxford East)

Germaine Greer (Oxford West and Abingdon)

Brian May (Twickenham)

Kate Winslet (Bermondsey and Old Southwark)

Vivienne Westwood (Harrow West)

Boy George (Islington North)

Green

Joanna Lumley (Islington South and Finsbury)

David Icke (Isle of Wright)

Tim Roth (Dulwich and West Norwood)

Annie Lennox (Aberdeen South)

SNP

Sean Connery (Edinburgh East)

Irvine Welsh (Edinburgh North and Leith)

Sandi Thom (Banff and Buchan)

Plaid

George Monbiot (Montgomeryshire)

UKIP

Jeremy Clarkson (Witney)

Rodney Atkinson (North West Durham)

BNP

David Irving (Brentwood and Ongar)

UK Libertarian Party

FA Hayek (Chelsea and Fulham)

Independent

Jeremy Paxman (Henley)

Rory Bremner (Edinburgh South)

Bob Geldof (Battersea)

John Lennon (Liverpool Riverside)

Billy Bragg (Barking)

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