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Young voters’ Brexit appeal on Hornsey Road billboard

Activists use Jeremy Corbyn Twitter template to plead for second referendum on six-metre posters

15 February, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

The Hornsey Road billboard posters featuring Jeremy Corbyn were paid for by pro-remain group Led By Donkeys

YOUNG voters have used a billboard in Islington to call for a second Brexit referendum.

The six-metre poster in Hornsey Road, close to the Emirates Stadium, is part of a campaign by a pro-remain group called Led By Donkeys (LBD) who have bought adverts on billboards across the country featuring past claims made by politicians on Brexit.

The Hornsey Road billboard used a template of Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn’s Twitter profile with the tweet space left blank. Young voters were then invited to spray-paint their ­opinions onto it on Tuesday.

A council official, insisting that the poster was considered to be graffiti, ordered the advertising company, Build, to remove it on Wednesday.

This caused a backlash on social media with some claiming the Labour-run council was trying to silence criticism of Mr Corbyn’s Brexit stance. LBD and Build had agreed to allow graffiti on the poster.

But Build complied and a new blank poster with the same Twitter template, without the spraypaint on it, was slapped over the old one.

On Wednesday night a woman painted the words, “If we cannot get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote.”

A Build spokeswoman said: “It seems like there was a lack of communication between departments within the council.

“We reposted and we are happy for our client to graffiti their poster.”

The billboard, which cost between £500 and £1,000, will remain until Monday, according to a LBD spokesman.

They claim to be financed by a crowdfunding page that has received more than £150,000 from 5,568 donations.

An Islington Council spokesman said: “We’ve made staff aware that it’s OK for this poster to be written on and graffiti on the poster does not need to be reported, unless there is offensive or obscene language.”

At a recent Islington North Labour Party meeting a motion supporting a second vote was heavily defeated.


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