Dozens of national figures have given their backing to the campaign to re-elect Caroline Lucas as the MP for Brighton Pavilion.
They include broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, actors Jeremy Irons and Joanna Lumley, singer songwriter Thom Yorke, from Radiohead, and impersonator Rory Bremner.
Their support comes in a joint statement signed by 40 backers including authors, comedians and people from the worlds of science, business and environmental campaigning.
It comes less than a week after former Brighton and Hove Albion chairman Dick Knight voiced his support for Dr Lucas.
Mr Knight’s backing comes even though his former Albion boardroom colleague Martin Perry is standing for Labour in the local elections.
And earlier this month the Queen guitarist Brian May, one of the signatories, also spoke in support of Britain’s first Green MP as he urged people to vote.
The joint statement said: “Most of us are not members of the Green Party and many are not much involved in party politics.
“But we all feel it’s crucial that Caroline Lucas, the Green Party’s sole MP at this time, should be re-elected in her Brighton constituency on May 7.
“Over the last five years Caroline has eloquently addressed many of today’s most pressing issues – from accelerating climate change to sustainable farming, from human rights to a just and sustainable economy.
“This leadership matters all the more at a time when the mainstream parties are finding it so hard to address these challenges properly.
“Regardless of our own political allegiance, we believe that our democracy can only be strengthened by maintaining such a strong and inspirational presence in Parliament.”
Those who signed the statement were
John Ashton, special representative for climate change at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2006 to 2012
- Sir David Attenborough, naturalist and broadcaster
- Phil Bloomer, executive director at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
- Billy Bragg, singer songwriter and campaigner
- Rory Bremner, impersonator and satirist
- Tom Burke, environmentalist
- James Cameron, barrister and environmentalist
- Lily Cole, model, actress and environmental campaigner
- Mark Constantine, businessman and founder of Lush cosmetics
- Joseph Corré, businessman and environmental and human rights campaigner
- Joyce d’Silva, campaigner for animal welfare and the environment
- Stephen Frears, film director
- Jane Goodall, UN messenger of peace
- Katharine Hamnett, fashion designer and pioneer of ethical and environmental fashion
- Jeremy Irons, actor
- Tim Jackson, Surrey University
- Bianca Jagger, president and chief executive of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation
- Tony Juniper, environmentalist, writer and sustainability adviser
- Satish Kumar, activist for the environment and peace and teacher
- Jeremy Leggett, green energy entrepreneur and writer
- Joanna Lumley, actress and author
- Brian May, astrophysicist, musician and songwriter and animal welfare campaigner
- Kevin McCloud, designer, broadcaster and developer of sustainable property
- Alistair McGowan, actor, impersonator and author
- George Monbiot, journalist, author and campaigner on environmental and human rights issues
- Michael Morpurgo, children’s author, poet and playwright
- Cornelia Parker, sculptor and installation artist
- Sara Parkin, environmentalist and author
- Jonathon Porritt, environmentalist, broadcaster and writer
- Diana Quick, actress
- Christopher Rapley, scientist
- Gordon Roddick, founder of 38 Degrees, co-founder of the Big Issue and co-founder of the Body Shop
- Oliver Rowe, chef
- Charles Secrett, environmental activist, author and broadcaster
- Sir Tim Smit, entrepreneur, environmental educator, author and co-founder and executive vice-chairman of the Eden Project
- Mark Steel, social commentator, writer and comedian
- Mark Thomas, comedian, investigative journalist, political campaigner
- Dale Vince, entrepreneur
- Tracy Worcester, animal welfare campaigner
- Thom Yorke, musician and singer songwriter
Mr Knight said: “Caroline’s earned the right to continue her genuine commitment to improving our society in the place where she will stand up and can be counted on to make a difference.
“I wish all MPs were as brave.”