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M.I.A. registers to vote in UK elections for the first time

M.I.A. has registered to vote for the first time in Britain’s upcoming elections.
In a post on her Twitter account, the Bad Girls singer wrote an emphatic statement in capital letters announcing her intention to vote for the first time ever, in June (17).
“I REGISTERED TO VOTE TODAY. IVE NEVER VOTED B4 IN MY LIFE, NEVER BELIEVED IN POLITICX BUT 2017 doin it for the first and only time,” stated the singer, whose real name is Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam.
As Britain prepares to go to the polls the Paper Planes singer joins a list of influential artists who have been urging the public to register to vote.
Last week, leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn met with grime MC JME, real name Jamie Adenuga. And on Saturday (21May17) he made a surprise appearance at festival Wirral Live at Tranmere Rovers’ soccer stadium, Prenton Park, where he addressed the crowd ahead of The Libertines‘ headline slot at the festival.
While M.I.A., the daughter of a Tamil political activist, didn’t indicate who she would vote for in her tweet, in a recent interview with The Guardian she defended Corbyn.
“Everyone keeps going, ‘Corbyn can’t do this,’ but it’s, like, well, who else is there?” she asked. “If people just left him alone to actually do the job and actually gave him some support, maybe he’d be different.
“Treating him with so much contempt … fighting that takes all his energy.”
M.I.A. is the curator of the 2017 edition of the Meltdown Festival, which is held at London’s Southbank Centre. It will feature performances from M.I.A. herself, 2014 Mercury prizewinners Young Fathers, and UK rapper Giggs.

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