COMEDIAN Eddie Izzard turned heads in East Lancashire on Saturday as he hit the campaign trail in support of three Labour election candidates.

The stand-up, 53, visited Burnley, Colne, and Darwen where Azhar Ali, Julie Cooper and Will Straw are hoping to secure victory on May 7.

The transvestite actor posed for dozens of selfies as he toured Burnley town centre and spoke with party activists in St James’s Street, Burnley.


Labour currently holds none of the three seats, where recent MPs Gordon Birtwistle (Lib Dem), Andrew Stephenson and Jake Berry (both Conservative) are all fighting for re-election.

Izzard, a well-known Labour donor and member, gave a speech outside the Labour office, in Victoria Street, Burnley before visiting shops in Charter Walk Shopping Centre and talking to voters.

Afterwards, he said: “People are worried. Times are tough. There are people without much disposable income finding it difficult.”

“Things are tough. People want fairness.

“The financial crisis wasn’t caused by Labour, it was caused by unscrupulous people and their toxic debt. We don’t have to pay it off this hard, this fast.”