Stephen Hawking publicly backs Labour

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Professor Stephen Hawking has publicly endorsed the Labour Party in the upcoming general election, following a meeting with Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner. The Cambridge seat is a hotly contested one, with Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert seeking to win it back from current Labour representative Zeichner.

In a statement issued by Labour on his behalf, Hawking said, “I’m voting Labour because another five years of Conservative government would be a disaster for the NHS, the police and other public services.” The cosmologist had backed Zeichner in the 2015 election, the year in which Zeichner won the seat from then MP Huppert.

Hawking has previously criticised Jeremy Corbyn earlier this year on the latter’s reaction to Brexit, saying, “I regard Corbyn as a disaster. His heart is in the right place and many of his policies are sound, but he has allowed himself to be portrayed as a left wing extremist.”

In response to Hawking’s official endorsement, Zeichner said, “I was delighted to meet Professor Hawking again and receive his support for my re-election and a Labour government.”

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