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Theresa May urged to 'follow lead of Captain Kirk' by Star Trek actor Simon Pegg

By Laura Harding

Star Trek actor and writer Simon Pegg urged Theresa May to consider "What would Kirk do?" when she takes over as Prime Minister.

Pegg, who plays Scotty in the rebooted franchise, said he hopes Mrs May follows the example of the captain of the starship USS Enterprise after she takes up residency in 10 Downing Street.

Arriving at the UK premiere of Star Trek Beyond, which he co-wrote, Pegg urged: "Lead for the people, don't forget anybody. Don't just protect the people who are well off, look after everybody. There are a lot of people in this country who need to be looked after, who are so often forgotten."

Pegg said the film, which sees the USS Enterprise crew face a new enemy, has messages which could benefit the British people following the vote to leave the EU.

He said: "Ironically, the message is it's better together, unity is strength. It's about co-operation and breaking down the boundaries between races and species and types, and working together, and it seems incredibly apposite at the moment considering the decision this country has just made, which feels a little bit to me like a retrograde step.

Star Trek Beyond is released in UK cinemas on July 22.

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