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British comedian, activist Russell Brand backs Labour Party


LONDON (AP) -- British comedian-turned-political activist Russell Brand has changed his mind and is no longer urging people not to vote in Thursday's general election - now he wants them to vote for Labour.

Brand used his YouTube channel Monday to urge his more than 1 million subscribers to back Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, saying the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister David Cameron must be stopped.

The last-minute conversion may influence young voters who have read Brand's best-selling book "Revolution" and embraced his YouTube complaints about big business and banks having too much power.

The long-haired comedian, who has starred in several films, has campaigned for the rights of London tenants and complained about heartless capitalism. He interviewed Miliband last week for his YouTube channel - prompting Cameron to label Brand "a joke" and to condemn Miliband for appearing with the bawdy comedian.

Brand struck back on YouTube.

"David Cameron might think I'm a joke. But I don't think there's anything funny about what the Conservative Party has been doing to this country and we have to stop them," he said.