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Tuesday, 2 July, 2002, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
Big names split over euro
With Bob Geldof the latest celebrity to back the anti-euro No Campaign, BBC News Online rounds up some of the high profile signings on both sides of the debate.


Key supporters of the pro-euro campaign are:

Celebrities

  • Comedian Eddie Izzard
  • Inspector Morse star Kevin Whately
  • Liz Dawn, aka Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street
  • Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales
  • Blackadder actor Tony Robinson

Business leaders

  • Colin Marshall, chairman of British Airways
  • Adair Turner, vice-chairman of Merrill Lynch (Europe)
  • Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire
  • Niall Fitzgerald, chairman of Unilever
  • Clive Hollick, chief executive, United Business Media
  • Peter Blackburn, chairman and chief executive of Nestle
  • David Simon, former chief executive and chairman of BP

Politicians

  • Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy
  • Michael Heseltine, former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister
  • Ken Clarke, former Tory chancellor
  • Sir Ken Jackson, joint general secretary of Amicus trade union
  • Neil Kinnock, former Labour leader
  • Leon Brittan, European Commissioner


The anti-euro campaign's backing include:

Celebrities

  • Comedian Harry Enfield
  • Vic Reeves, comedy star
  • Bob Geldof, pop star turned businessman and activist
  • Musician Jools Holland
  • Comedian Rik Mayall
  • Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay
  • Novelist Tony Parsons

Business leaders

  • David Lees, chairman of GKN and Tate and Lyle
  • Sir Colin Chandler, chairman of Vickers Defence Systems
  • Sir Martin Jacomb, former chairman of Prudential
  • David Ross, chief executive of Carphone Warehouse
  • Tim Martin, Chairman of JD Wetherspoon

Politicians

  • David Owen, former SDP leader
  • Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith
  • Labour MP Dianne Abbot
  • Margaret Thatcher, former Tory Prime Minister
  • Kate Hoey, Labour MP
  • Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP
  • Former Labour minister Frank Field


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