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Tuesday, 5 June, 2001, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Hollyoaks stars support Labour
David Blunkett at Hollyoaks set
Health minister David Blunkett with the Hollyoaks team
Labour has revealed that its final election broadcast on Tuesday will feature Hollyoaks stars Terri Dwyer and Gary Lucy.

The pair, who play Ruth Osbourne and Luke Morgan in the Channel 4 teen soap, are Labour supporters and did the broadcast for free.

In the film they play a couple who go out to vote Labour and are then thanked by a succession of strangers who stand to benefit from Labour policies.

Prime Minister Tony Blair
Tony Blair drinks up on the set of Brookside
These include a policeman, school kids, a nurse and a pensioner.

The broadcast, which will air on Tuesday, is intended to counter fears of a Labour "landslide" which strategists think might deter people from bothering to vote at all.

Tough questions

This is just the latest in a string of Labour collaborations with show business - some of which have not had the desired effect.

In an earlier broadcast singer Geri Halliwell served tea to pensioners to the tune of the party's campaign song Lifted, by the Lighthouse Family.

It was subsequently revealed that Halliwell is not even registered to vote.

Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins, aka Brookside barmaid Nicky Shadwick, makes a point
Last weekend the prime minister visited the set of Channel 4's Brookside and found himself facing tough questions about university fees.

Suzanne Collins, who plays barmaid Nicky Shadwick in the series, told Tony Blair that many of her friends cannot afford higher education.

The actress said later that she had hoped to study drama at University but could not afford higher education.

Earlier on that trip, Mr Blair and his wife Cherie toured the sets where Brookside and Hollyoaks are filmed.

Actor Dean Sullivan, who plays Jimmy Corkhill in Brookside, asked Mr Blair where he thought he would be next Friday morning, a day after the election.

Mr Blair replied: "I will be in Downing Street - I just hope I am not packing my bags."

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