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I'LL TAKE THE MICHAEL ANY DAY.

Byline: JOHN PRESCOTT

Actor Michael Sheen is best known for playing Tony Blair in three films. But his speech defending the NHS at a rally last week was more Nye Bevan.

He spoke with a passion many of today's politicians can only dream of, saying: "You must stand up for what you believe, but first of all, by God, believe in something."

Sometimes I wonder where the next generation of passionate politicians will come from. This is the most important election since 1945. Back then, a Labour leader who was criticised by the media and the Tories for being uncharismatic won a landslide on a pledge of creating a national health service based on need, not your ability to pay. Seventy years on, the NHS is at the centre of Labour's campaign again. But we need that spirit of 1945 to fight like hell to save it.

Ed and his team are doing their best but we need more voices like Michael's to win people over with the same Welsh passion Nye had.

So come on Mr Sheen. I'd be proud to share a platform with you anytime. And as Nye would say, let's polish off this "Tory vermin" for good.

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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion Columns
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Mar 8, 2015
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