Actor Tom Hollander was brutally mocked on Twitter after footage of him campaigning for Sam Gyimah during the election emerged. Mr Gyimah was Conservative MP for East Surrey before he had the whip removed for voting against the Government over Brexit. He subsequently joined the Liberal Democrats, and stood for the London Kensington seat.
www.express.co.uk Actor Tom Hollander was brutally mocked on Twitter after footage of him campaigning for Sam Gyimah during the election emerged. Mr Gyimah was Conservative MP for East Surrey before he had the whip removed for voting against the Government over Brexit. He subsequently joined the Liberal Democrats, and stood for the London Kensington seat.
In December, he posted a video of Mr Hollander to Twitter, captioning it: “Hats off to Tom Hollander, actor and Kensington resident, for spending four hours canvassing with me this afternoon for Lib Dems. “A natural on the doorstep!” In the clip, the actor said: “I’ve never been particularly political before, but this election is absolutely critical to the history of our country, which I love, and which is in real danger of a Tory majority. “All the tactical voting sites as of the last few days are confirming that the Lib Dems are the party to vote for in Kensington if you want to not have a Tory win here.”
On December 12, the Lib Dems suffered a major disaster, with Mr Gyimah coming third with only 9,312 votes. Felicity Buchan was elected as the MP for Kensington, beating Labour’s Emma Dent Coad by just 150. The Conservative Party overturned Labour’s 20 vote majority at the last election to retake the seat. Daily Mail journalist Andrew Pierce retweeted the video this year, writing: “Proof again that celebrities, mercifully, don’t swing votes in this country. Hugh Grant didn’t win any seats for Lib Dems either.” Followers of the journalist and commentator were quick to offer their thoughts. One penned: “Celebrities overestimate their influence.” And another said: “They only ever swing some of their fans away from them. There are a bunch of celebrities I used to like that I simply can’t watch now because of the things they’ve said about me as a #Leave voter.”
Meanwhile another user wrote: “I would say Sam Gyimah and Tom Hollander were two very good reasons not to vote Liberal.” Hugh Grant’s bid to stop Boris Johnson also failed spectacularly. The Love Actually actor had urged voters to vote tactically in the election to avoid a Tory majority. He campaigned alongside Liberal Democrat, Labour and independent candidates in marginal seats.
Mr Grant campaigned with former Tory, now independent Dominic Grieve, Lib Dem candidate Chuka Umunna and Labour candidate Faiza Shaheen. However, Thursday night delivered a crushing election defeat as every candidate the actor campaigned with lost their election battle. Mr Grieve lost his seat in Buckinghamshire to the new Tory candidate. Mr Umunna lost his battle for the City of London seat to Conservative Nickie Aiken by 3953 votes. Ms Shaheen had hotly contested senior figure Iain Duncan Smith for his Chingford & Woodford Green. However, Mr Smith managed to hold on by 1262 votes.Read More