“I’m 38 and this is my first time voting” — listen to singer-presenter Jamelia explaining why she’s campaigning in the 2019 election

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Jamelia speaking at the Labour rally at the Custard Factory

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.

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