Sam Fender says people were ‘groomed to hate’ Jeremy Corbyn
'He f***ed up a lot of things but his heart was in the right place'
Musician Sam Fender has defended former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, saying that people were "groomed to hate him."
In an interview with The Big Issue, the 27-year-old also described the current Conservative government as the worst "in my lifetime."
Promising to do more to help fight poverty, the "Seventeen Going Under" singer-songwriter said: “I think I need to do some more stuff to do with this. Because the Tories aren’t doing it.
"We’ve got the worst Government I’ve ever seen, in my lifetime. My dad reckons it’s one of the worst he’s ever seen. And he’s sixty-f***ing-six.”
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In the interview, Fender described himself as left wing and was particularly critical of the media's treatment of Corbyn during his time as leader of the Labour party from 2015 to 2020.
Corbyn was suspended from the Labour party in October 2020 and despite this ban being lifted a month later, he has not had the whip restored by the party and currently sits in Parliament as an independent.
“I loved Corbyn, quite frankly,” he said. “I mean, he f***ed up a lot of things. But I think his heart was in the right place and that’s something that we’ve not seen for a long time.
“I just think he was done a massive disservice by the British press. And I think a lot of people who he would have potentially helped, were groomed to hate him.
“The Tory party knew exactly what they were doing when it comes to turning him into a f***ing enemy.”
Fender's sophomore album, Seventeen Going Under, reached number one last year, with the title track going on to have huge chart success.
It was announced on Monday that he would be performing at the BRIT Awards on February 8.
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