Pop star Lily Allen posted a video to social media video app Tik Tok following the release of the Labour Party manifesto. Leader Jeremy Corbyn released his party’s election pledges today, which included promising £75 billion to build 150,000 new council and social homes within five years, a £3 billion plan to offer adults in England free access to retraining and introducing a "real living wage" of at least £10 an hour. Ms Allen, a known supporter of Mr Corbyn, posted a video online appearing to cry with happiness over the policies.
In the video, the singer uses a filter to make it appear as if she is crying as she ‘struggles’ to speak.
She captioned the video: “#RealChange #LabourManifesto.”
This is a reference to Mr Corbyn’s speech where he promised Labour would "deliver real change for the many, and not the few”.
Ruth O’Reilly was one of many “confused” by the bizarre video: “Why the crying filter?”
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She said: “It has to be a filter because it’s constantly identical and the tears disappear.
“It makes your very very important point seem like you’re taking the piss, which you clearly aren’t, I’m so confused!”
Another Twitter user wrote: “I don't understand, why she is crying over a manifesto?
“Surely it's only worth crying if they go through with it.”
One respondent got straight to the point about the Labour header: “He ain't winning though so…”
Paul Tinay was equally unimpressed: “Gotta love a champagne socialist….”
Some users did seem to support the post, with one tweeting: “Queen of emotion and supporting labour. We Stan.”
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Labour’s manifesto policies have been making waves since they were announced with the head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson, warning that they are “not credible”.
He told ITV News: “They suggest that all of that will come from companies and people earning over £80,000 a year. That is simply not credible.
“You cannot raise that kind of money in our tax system without affecting individuals.”
Speaking at the manifesto launch, Mr Corbyn insisted Labour's policies were fully costed and "popular".
He told supporters there would be no increases in VAT, income tax or National Insurance for anyone earning less than £80,000. That meant no tax increases for 95% of taxpayers.