Eddie Izzard on Labour walkabout in Ripley High Street

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Comic legend Eddie Izzard met voters in the street in Ripley today as he joined local Labour candidates to campaign in the region.

Comic legend Eddie Izzard met locals in the street in Ripley last week as he joined local Labour candidates to campaign in the region.

Eddie Izzard also visited Ripley yesterday with Labour's Tom Watson.

Eddie Izzard also visited Ripley yesterday with Labour's Tom Watson.

The multilingual, Emmy-award-winning comedian joined Amber Valley candidate Kevin Gillott and West Bromwich East candidate Tom Watson, who organised the tour across Erewash, Broxtowe and Amber Valley - as part of the trail for the May 7 General Election.

The cross-dressing comic took a turn down Ripley’s high street on Thursday, April 23) – and also met a friendly dog, before signing t-shirts and taking selfies with fans.

Eddie told the Ripley and Heanor News: “We’ve got the wind in our sails, heading forwards. The weather is good as well which is always better for getting out and campaigning and people are very positive.

Describing himself as a British European, 53-year-old stand-up and actor said: “We should stay in the EU because if you want to change it you have to be inside it. “It’s not going anywhere, if we pull out we still have to trade with it. We’ll lose jobs, multinational companies will move to mainland Europe. It’s a crazy idea to leave.”

Eddie Izzard visits Ripley Town Centre with Labour candidate Kevin Gillott and Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson.

Eddie Izzard visits Ripley Town Centre with Labour candidate Kevin Gillott and Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson.

More important than anything today is that people vote, he added.

“I just want people to use it, men and women have fought and died for the vote and are dying all around the world.”

But does he think people should vote safely and tactically, or should they vote for what they really believe in?

“I would say, you have to be practical about this and it’s either David Cameron or Ed Miliband who’s going to be running the country after the election.”

Eddie Izzard visits Ripley Town Centre with Labour candidate Kevin Gillott and Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson.

Eddie Izzard visits Ripley Town Centre with Labour candidate Kevin Gillott and Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson.

Eddie Izzard visits Ripley Town Centre with Labour candidate Kevin Gillott and Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson.

Eddie Izzard visits Ripley Town Centre with Labour candidate Kevin Gillott and Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson.

Eddie Izzard visits Ripley Town Centre with Labour candidate Kevin Gillott and Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson.

Eddie Izzard visits Ripley Town Centre with Labour candidate Kevin Gillott and Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson.

Eddie Izzard visits Ripley Town Centre with Labour candidate Kevin Gillott and Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson.

Eddie Izzard visits Ripley Town Centre with Labour candidate Kevin Gillott and Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson.