‘Starship captain’ on starboard bow

Daily Echo: GREETINGS: Patrick Stewart with local Labour campaigners Mary Sissons and Eileen Wharam.	                                                                                                   Echo pictures by Stuart Martin. Order no: 10348730 GREETINGS: Patrick Stewart with local Labour campaigners Mary Sissons and Eileen Wharam. Echo pictures by Stuart Martin. Order no: 10348730

THE ACTOR Patrick Stewart, best known as Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard, beamed into Southampton yesterday to boost the campaigns of John Denham and Alan Whitehead.

He visited the Nuffield Theatre to talk to students, University of Southampton workers and party activists about his lifelong support for the Labour cause.

The X-Men star said: “I know there’s a lot of cynicism that surrounds celebrity endorsements, but I don’t look on this remotely as a celebrity endorsement.

“It just happens that I am an alleged celebrity, but I would be doing this anyway. I’ve had an association with the Labour party since I was campaigning as a five-year-old in the first post-war General Election.”

Mr Stewart said he had offered to help the party out in any way he could while he is performing in Chichester, but revealed he hadn’t been asked to pass on any tips for Gordon Brown’s TV debate appearances.

“I would have certainly made myself available if asked,” he said.

“I did, in 2000, have a conversation with Al Gore about a certain aspect of the style of presentation. He was kind enough to say last year that if he had paid more attention to the tips that I was giving him he might have been President, which I think was a small exaggeration.”

Kate Bartlett, who works at the university’s UK student recruitment and outreach department, was one of those who spoke to him during a meet-and-greet session.

She said: “We talked about the leadership debates and whether they’re a good thing or a bad thing, and the performances – he thought David Cameron had an act going.”

Dr Whitehead said he was delighted the star had visited the city.

He said: “He’s one of the country’s greatest actors, and for him to take the time to come and endorse what we’re doing in Southampton is marvellous.

“It’s far more than just a celebrity hanging his name on a campaign, this is truly what Patrick feels about the future of the country and that’s why he’s doing what he’s doing.”

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9:03pm Sat 1 May 10

bpsaint says...

Stewart said he "doesn't look on this as a celebrity endorsement" !! That's exactly what it is and how does he know what Denham and Whitehead are like as MP's to be able to tell Sotonians to vote for them ? Would he know for example that when you write to Alan Whitehead he either doesn't reply or takes takes months to do so. Sheer arrogance from Patrick Stewart and shows how desperate Labour have got. Time for a change, time to give Cameron a chance
Stewart said he "doesn't look on this as a celebrity endorsement" !! That's exactly what it is and how does he know what Denham and Whitehead are like as MP's to be able to tell Sotonians to vote for them ? Would he know for example that when you write to Alan Whitehead he either doesn't reply or takes takes months to do so. Sheer arrogance from Patrick Stewart and shows how desperate Labour have got. Time for a change, time to give Cameron a chance bpsaint
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6:04pm Sun 2 May 10

allsaintsnocurves says...

I agree...this is just a desperate attempt by a desperate labour party! I got a phone call out of the blue early on a Saturday morning by labour hankering for my vote and it sounded like they were having a party in the background...wasn't impressed! Certainly won't be voting for them!
I agree...this is just a desperate attempt by a desperate labour party! I got a phone call out of the blue early on a Saturday morning by labour hankering for my vote and it sounded like they were having a party in the background...wasn't impressed! Certainly won't be voting for them! allsaintsnocurves
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