By Luke James in Britain:
Russell Brand to address People’s Assembly
Tuesday 15th April 2014
Mr Brand told his over seven million-strong army of Twitter followers on Sunday that he would join the march to Westminster on Saturday June 21.
“I’m going to speak at this (yes, I’d like a medal),” he announced in trademark fashion.
The message was shared hundreds of times and dozens of fans wrote back to say they would join the rally to listen to him speak.
His support will boost the People’s Assembly’s efforts to reach-out to disengaged young people whose opportunities are being robbed from them by Tory austerity.
Mr Brand admitted in October he did not vote because he was “utterly disenchanted by politics.”
His commitment to join the grassroots People’s Assembly movement is his first intervention in politics since then.
People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn heralded the “fantastic news” as a sure sign that “there’s real potential for this mobilisation to be massive.”
“The demonstration needs to be massive. People are suffering more than ever,” he said.
“The People’s Assembly is building a genuine coalition, uniting people from a broad range of political views, organisations and backgrounds, and taking action together.
“That’s the only way we can stop austerity.
“Russell will be joining tens of thousands of people from across the country.”
The march assembles at 1pm at BBC headquarters in Portland Place before finishing with a rally including Mr Brand at Parliament.
This video from Britain in 2013 shows Brand’s fellow comedian Mark Steel at a People’s Assembly meeting.