Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, the comedian said Alan Partridge would have voted for Brexit – and compared the Prime Minister to his larger-than-life character. But as he was confronted on his last-minute political meddling by Sky News host Sarah-Jane Mee, the Stan & Ollie film star made a huge mistake. He said: “It goes beyond Brexit for me, it’s about how we treat our fellow human beings. I think there’s a kind of a consensus, a cross-party consensus of politicians and voters who don’t like the smell of this Labour Government.

“It’s the nasty party, it’s encouraging prejudice, it exploits people’s ignorance, people’s fears and insecurities in the worst possible way.

“So the appeal is and there’s a consensus about this of people who think this is a different kind of politics.

“And we want to get back to the politics of consensus and the politics of decency.

“That is my overriding concern, beyond even the Brexit or Remain question.”

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Speaking to BBC earlier on Wednesday, Mr Coogan said: “Yes, he would (have voted Leave) because Alan is like one of those people who is very confident.

“There are lots of people in government actually who are very like Alan Partridge in that they are super confident and not that well informed.”

He added: “Alan Partridge, his points of view and attitude is influenced by the likes of Boris Johnson.

“As Max Hastings said, Boris Johnson thinks he is Winston Churchill but he is more like Alan Partridge.”

The actor has been involved in a tactical voting campaign urging voters to rally behind a local candidate who can prevent the Conservatives from securing a majority.

Asked how people could back a party their views don’t align with, he replied: “I would say, unfortunately, there is no point in having principles if your principles exist in a vacuum.

“There is no point in having them if you can’t use them to affect people’s lives and change people’s lives.”

Mr Coogan was among 40 celebrities who signed a letter calling for a Labour victory in the general election this month. 

The letter, which appeared on the Guardian’s website, said Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership “offers a transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and the planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few”.

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It stated: “We are alarmed by the global rise of far-right nationalism and the authoritarian turn taken by many governments following the global financial crash of 2008.

“We are shamed by extreme levels of inequality, neglect and environmental impoverishment resulting from decades of neoliberalism, in Britain and across the world.

“We are inspired by growing movements, from Chile to Lebanon and beyond, calling for dignity, accountability and economic justice.

“People are demanding a future that promises their children decent education, health, jobs and homes, and humane and sustainable solutions to the climate crisis.”

The letter, also signed by the band Clean Bandit, actor Rob Delaney, and comedian Alexei Sayle, accused Boris Johnson and the Conservatives of having “nothing to offer but the prospect of an ever-more unequal and divided society, and dog-whistle politics”.

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