The singer and presenter Jamelia has explained why she’ll be voting in this year’s election — having never voted in any election before.
The Handsworth-born celebrity was appearing at a Labour rally at the Custard Factory alongside BeatFreek Collective, Kioko and UB40’s Jimmy Brown.
Speaking to Birmingham Eastside, she said she was joining her 18-year-old daughter, who will be entitled to vote for the first time, at their local polling station this month.
“For me it’s so important,” she said. “As a community we have been truly suffering at the hands of a Tory government and a lot of us we feel that we can’t do anything about it but your vote means so much.”
Listen to the full clip below:
You can also watch video from the event of Jamelia speaking to the crowd — as well as UB40‘s Jimmy Brown and other coverage in Dylan Hayward’s Twitter thread.