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Brain May tells Brits: 'Get off your ass and vote'

Former Queen guitarist Brian May has urged people to "get off your ass and vote" and to back candidates they personally believe in rather than support individual parties.

Queen guitarist Brian May meets the Green Party's Caroline Lucas. Credit: PA Wire

May said people should vote "colour-blind" and opt for politicians they believe have a "decent conscience".

Speaking in Brighton alongside Green Party Brighton Pavilion candidate Caroline Lucas, May said: "It's politics without colour. It's colour-blind politics. What we are saying is do not assume that your vote will be wasted, get up off your ass and vote.

"Secondly, don't vote for a party, vote for someone you personally believe in, someone who will have a decent conscience and will represent your views in Parliament."

The rock star launched his Common Decency campaign last month in a bid to elect politicians who he said would "act decently, transparently and accountably" in Parliament.

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Brian May reveals he is undergoing tests for cancer

Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed he is undergoing tests for cancer.

May explained on his website that on the run up to Christmas he experienced agonising pain, "So bad I had to give up on going anywhere if there was standing up involved," he said.

Queen guitarist Brian May is undergoing tests for cancer. Credit: Press Association

He explained that since then he had undergone several scans which showed up "all kinds of mechanical disc and vertebra problems that might be the cause of the pain, but there were also some abnormalities in the bones - things that the report said needed urgent attention.

"So around Christmas I've been having a succession of blood tests, ultrasounds, and various kinds of scans, to see if they could rule out various kinds of cancer."

The musician says he has been "overwhelmed" by the kind messages he has received after going public with his health, adding he will be undergoing a further scan today.

Brian May apologises for badger 'genocide' remark

The rock star and wildlife campaigner Brian May has apologised for using the term 'genocide' to describe the badger cull pilots taking place in the West of England.

Queen guitarist Brian May addresses members of a Wounded Badger Patrol in Gloucestershire Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Queen musician's alleged remarks were made during a visit to Gloucestershire last week and caused a backlash among members of the Jewish community.

Writing on his website, May said he could not remember using the phrase "genocide in the countryside," but that he had given some 20 interviews and may have lost track.

May said he had no intention to "slight the Jewish community" but maintained it was "not a very big flight of fancy" to refer to the killing of animals in this way.

"The word I prefer to use about the badger cull is 'massacre' ... because really the word 'cull' is enormously euphemistic," he added.

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Brian May joins anti-badger cull night walkers

Queen guitarist Brian May has joined dozens of anti-badger cull protesters on a night walk through one of the pilot areas.

The rocker got a warm round of applause when he met around 50 people taking part in one of the nightly Wounded Badger Patrols in Eldersfield, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Brian May said the visit to the county was timed to give a morale boost to those out on nightly badger patrols. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
May, who is a member of the Team Badger campaign, joined the nightly cause to applause. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
An online petition May started against the pilots is the most supported on the official Government website, with 300,000 signatures. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Brian May: Badger cull is 'a disaster all round'

Queen guitarist Brian May has visited Gloucestershire today to lend his support to demonstrators protesting against the cull of thousands of badgers in the area.

He told ITV News Correspondent Emily Morgan "We might be losing the fight, I don't believe we will lose the war in the end".

He added that the cull "cannot help the farmers, that's the biggest irony of all. The only thing that can really solve this problem is vaccination".

Brian May's Save The Badger song in the top 40 chart

Brian May has been an active supporter of the save the badger campaign Credit: PA

Queen guitarist Brian May could be heading for an unlikely hit after his protest song inspired by the badger cull reached the charts.

The song, Save The Badger, Badger, Badger, was recorded by May and internet entertainer Weebl and features the vocals of Brian Blessed.

It has made the top 40 in the iTunes download chart and is the most popular track in the iTunes Store top 10 rock chart.

Blessed, who played Prince Vultan in the 1980 film Flash Gordon, said: "Brian May is absolutely inspirational and together we will beat the dark forces and save the badgers."

Around 5,000 of the animals are expected to be killed in controlled shootings over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Supporters say the cull is needed to tackle bovine TB, which can be spread from infected badgers.

May said: "The British people are speaking in their many thousands, and yet the government is refusing to listen.

"We thank them for buying this track and giving the badgers a voice. Let's get this to number one so (David) Cameron cannot avoid it."

Brian May leads 2,000 people in anti-badger cull march

Rock star Brian May led around 2,000 animal welfare supporters - some wearing badger masks - in a march through central London today as they called for the Government to abort plans to cull thousands of badgers.

Brian May joins protesters dressed as badgers as they march through central London. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Some protesters dressed as badgers during the protest. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Around 2,000 animal welfare supporters joined the march. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
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