Line of Duty’s Martin Compston encourages Scots voters to back Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP

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Mr Compston, who plays Steve Arnott in the BBC drama Line of Duty, came out in support of Nicola Sturgeon’s party yesterday. At an online SNP event, the actor told voters: “Scotland’s future is in your hands. Don’t leave it to chance.

“The only way to make sure we re-elect Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister is to make it #BothVotesSNP.

“Make sure you and all your pals get out to vote.”

The actor was born in Scotland and made it clear he is supporting the SNP at the Scottish Parliament election on May 6.

After receiving lots of attention for his vocal support for the SNP Mr Compton took to Twitter and wrote: “I see Scottish Tory Twitter and their bots enraged an actor would express an opinion.

“Apparently it isn’t valid either as they claim I don’t live here.

“In that case could you do me, the postman and the environment a favour and stop sending me literature asking for my vote?”

On irate follower of Mr Compston responded and said: “The people of Scotland stopped independence.

“You choose to ignore the result of that as it suits your agenda.”

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Another said: “I guess it wouldn’t bother you if the United Kingdom broke up with you not living on this island any more?”

Some of the followers of Mr Compton supported his vocal position on Scottish independence.

One tweeted: “The same people telling you that your opinion isn’t valid, hail Andrew Neil for his Anti-SNP opinions all the way from France.”

Another supporter of Mr Compton stated: “Keep expressing your opinions Martin Compton.

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“Actors and artists should be allowed to do so freely.

“Art holds a mirror up to our society and Line of Duty did that brilliantly last night with its ending being a commentary on political corruption.

“Thank you for your work.”

Ms Sturgeon needs a majority in the Scottish Parliament in order to give strength to her call for a second Scottish independence referendum.

The May 6 Scottish election is being used by the SNP as a de factor vote on independence.

Leader Ms Sturgeon has also repeatedly threatened to rejoin the EU if Scotland goes it alone.

She hopes the SNP secure a majority in the coming election show she has the mandate to demand a vote on Scottish independence.

This vote would come just seven years after the 2014 referendum were Scotland voted in favour of remaining in the UK.

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