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Tony Robinson brings his ‘cunning plan’ of support for Labour to Peterborough

‘Peterborough has always been like Venice for me’

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The old ones can sometimes be the best ones, so predictably a large number of people asked former Blackadder star Tony Robinson about his ‘cunning plan’ on a visit to Peterborough to support Labour candidate Andrew Pakes.

Tony, now of course Sir Tony having been knighted 11 years ago for public and political service, is more than the sum total of the parts he played on television or in the theatre.

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Sir Tony Robinson joins friend and Labour Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Pakes in Central Park Peterborough two days ahead of the election to support him in his efforts to become MP for Peterborough. Central Park, Peterborough Tuesday 02 July 2024. Picture by Terry Harris.

He is also a prolific charity worker but is also a committed a member of the Labour Party and has been criss crossing the country during the election campaign to support local candidates.

Sir Tony Robinson joins friend and Labour Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Pakes in Central Park Peterborough two days ahead of the election to support him in his efforts to become MP for Peterborough. Central Park, Peterborough Tuesday 02 July 2024.
Picture by Terry Harris.

Although his iconic Baldrick character from Blackadder is never far from the conversation, throughout this campaign he has absorbed the expectations of supporters with good humour coupled with strong support for a Labour government.

Sir Tony Robinson joins friend and Labour Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Pakes in Central Park Peterborough two days ahead of the election to support him in his efforts to become MP for Peterborough. Central Park, Peterborough Tuesday 02 July 2024.
Picture by Terry Harris.

Sir Tony Robinson joins friend and Labour Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Pakes in Central Park Peterborough two days ahead of the election to support him in his efforts to become MP for Peterborough. Central Park, Peterborough Tuesday 02 July 2024.
Picture by Terry Harris.

Sir Tony told CambsNews that Peterborough had always been a special place for him – and he explained the reason.

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“My uncle used to have a farm in Chatteris, and I used to stay with my auntie in Doddington,” he said.

Sir Tony Robinson joins friend and Labour Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Pakes in Central Park Peterborough two days ahead of the election to support him in his efforts to become MP for Peterborough. Central Park, Peterborough Tuesday 02 July 2024.
Picture by Terry Harris.

Sir Tony Robinson joins friend and Labour Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Pakes in Central Park Peterborough two days ahead of the election to support him in his efforts to become MP for Peterborough. Central Park, Peterborough Tuesday 02 July 2024.
Picture by Terry Harris.

Sir Tony Robinson joins friend and Labour Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Pakes in Central Park Peterborough two days ahead of the election to support him in his efforts to become MP for Peterborough. Central Park, Peterborough Tuesday 02 July 2024.
Picture by Terry Harris.

“I had a little mate called Snowy and we were only about 10 years old, and we used to catch the bus once a week we were allowed to go on our own to Peterborough.

“So, Peterborough has always been like Venice for me; it’s the place where you were allowed to go just occasionally to see it in all its wonders.

“And that’s how I still feel.”

He added: “If you really believe that we want should get rid of this government and get a Labour government then actually really truly put your cross by Andrew’s name on Thursday.”

 

 

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