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Potter star 'will vote Lib Dem'

Daniel Radcliffe
Radcliffe has thought carefully about who he will cast his vote for

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he is a supporter of the Liberal Democrats.

The star, who plays the schoolboy wizard, made the disclosure in an interview with Attitude magazine, published on Monday.

Having recently turned 20, the next general election will be the first that he has been able to vote in.

He told the magazine that he was not tempted by either Labour or the Conservatives.

The actor, who can currently be seen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, said it would be Nick Clegg's party which get his vote at the next election: "I rather like Nick Clegg. At the next election I will almost certainly vote Lib Dem.

"If all the people who liked them voted for them you could change politics overnight and we could have a proper three-party system," he added.

David Cameron is barely distinguishable from Tony Blair
Daniel Radcliffe

As far as the actor is concerned, the two main parties contain too many muggles - characters in the Potter series lacking magical powers - for his liking.

"I don't like the New Labour thing. I never experienced the optimism of New Labour. I was too young but I hear everyone was up and it was fantastic. I've only seen the bad years of it."

Similarly, he has been unimpressed by what David Cameron and the Tories had to offer.

"David Cameron is barely distinguishable from Tony Blair," he said.

In the same interview, Radcliffe said that although he was not gay, he had grown up surrounded by homosexuals.

"I just loathe homophobia," he said.

"I grew up around gay people entirely. I was the only child in my class who had any experience of homosexuality or anything like that."

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