U.K. stars spar in campaign

LONDON (AP) — The Scottish National Party has Sean Connery. The governing Conservatives have Andrew Lloyd Webber campaigning for them in advance of today’s national election.

But for Jeremy Irons, Richard Attenborough and Emma Thompson, it’s Labor they love.

Comedians Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, “Secrets & Lies” director Mike Leigh and Patrick Stewart have openly backed Labor, earning them the nickname “Labor’s luvvies” from the media.

Lloyd Webber’s endorsement of the Tories might be a mixed blessing, as well. When newspapers reported he had threatened to leave the country if Labor wins — he later denied it — Labor MPs said it was one more reason to vote for them.

The award for campaigning-in-absentia goes to Connery. He wrote half a million Scottish voters from his home in Marbella, Spain, asking them to vote for the Scottish National Party, which supports full independence from London.

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