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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Stars vote for Trade Justice at V2004
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¬†Jamie Cullum, Basement Jaxx and the Divine Comedy were some of the many celebrities who showed their support for CAFOD's 'Vote for Trade Justice' campaign at the V2004 festival over the weekend. Stars such as Kate Thornton, Marcus Patric and Martino Lazzeri from Hollyoaks, Dan and Shell from Big Brother, Steve Jones, Simon Amstell and Mikita Oliver from Channel 4's -T4, cast their vote for Trade Justice after being told how unfair trade rules rob poor countries of £1.3 billion a day - 14 times what they get in aid. Their votes along with hundreds signed by festivalgoers at V2004 will be gathered and counted at the launch of 'Vote for Trade Justice' outside the Labour Party Conference, on 26 September. Anna Field, a CAFOD campaigner who went backstage to meet the stars, said: "It was so encouraging to see how keen the artists were to promote trade justice and express their concern about the way trade is deepening global injustice and poverty." The 'Vote for Trade Justice' campaign is a massive voting exercise due to run through to the end of 2005. Next year is a crucial period for the fight against poverty with the UK government hosting the G8 meeting of the world's most powerful countries and holding the presidency of the EU. CAFOD campaigners also called on festivalgoers to take the 'I'm in poverty - get me out of here!' challenge. This was an unfair bungee run in which two people had to run a race against each other tied to bungee ropes - but the ropes were rigged so only one person could win. David Giles, 19,l from Brentwood in Essex said: "The bungee run showed how international trade rules are rigged against the poor. This gave them a taste of what it's like to be a poor country trading with the rich world. It doesn't matter how much effort you put into something if the rules are unfair to start with."
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