Political campaigners in Bedford got a celebrity boost today with a visit from Eddie Izzard.
The comedian walked through the town centre, stopping to meet shoppers and take selfies with fans.
Izzard was here to support the campaign of the local Labour Party and was accompanied by parliamentary candidate Patrick Hall, Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins, and several borough council candidates.
He said: “It’s nice to be back in Bedford. I’ve had some great gigs in Bedford.”
Izzard is touring the country supporting Labour candidates, and is hoping his celebrity will inspire people to get involved with the election on May 7.
He said: “If we can get young people to get involved in politics in any shape or form, that’s a good thing.
“Men and women have fought and died for the vote. In the city in Yemen where I was born, they are fighting in a civil war right now, and they would like democracy.
“If any young people get interested because of this hoopla and the cameras, then great. If I can get them to vote, then fantastic.”
Bedford was the 55th constituency he has visited this year, and while he says he cannot claim to know everything about the towns he visits, he describes himself as a ‘gut politician’.
He said: “I know about the UK. I am not encyclopaedic about Bedford, for that you talk to Patrick Hall.”
“The Labour Party is for fairness. We believe in people setting good foundations, for young people, for people on lower incomes, for people who are struggling, and then we build up from the foundations.”
He admits the tour is good practice for when he starts his own campaign for London mayor in 2020.
He said: “We need to be fighters. If you’re passionate about things, and you’re trying to care, and you want everyone to have a fair chance, it’s good to learn how to fight for that.”