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Webb criticises Brand for telling people not to vote

Comedian Robert Webb has criticised Russell Brand for telling people not to vote.

Brand was selected to be a guest editor of the New Statesman and ended his essay in the edition by saying: "I will never vote and I don't think you should either".

Comedian Robert Webb has criticised Russell Brand for telling people not to vote. Credit: PA Wire

The Mitchell and Webb star wrote a response piece in the current edition of the magazine telling Brand that it was not his "job to tell young people that they should engage with the political process".

Webb - who said the essay had made him rejoin the Labour party - wrote: "I do think that when you end a piece about politics with the injunction 'I will never vote and I don’t think you should either', then you’re actively telling a lot of people that engagement with our democracy is a bad idea."

The comedian went on to suggest that Brand read "some f****** Orwell" to further educate himself.