As the race for the position of the next Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister intensifies, some celebrities are backing candidates Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak.
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has angered a number of fans after she posed for a photograph with Tory MP Nadine Dorries at the Women’s Euro 2022 final.
While most musicians tend to err on the left side of the political spectrum, there are a few notable exceptions.
The Independent has compiled a list of artists who have given the Conservatives their stamp of approval over the years.
The former Spice Girl apparently urged Liz Truss to opt-in for Tory leadership election amid the backlash she received for posing with Dorries. While Halliwell’s photos angered many fans, some said they were “not surprised” as the singer had previously referred to Margaret Thatcher as the “original Spice Girl”.
In 2010, Take That star Gary Barlow endorsed David Cameron’s campaign for prime minister. The singer performed at a campaign event organized by the school to support Cameron’s School Stars program to promote musical excellence in education. When asked if he would vote for Tory in the general election this year, Barlow replied curtly: “I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t.”
Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley is a well-known Conservative Party supporter and a well-known admirer of Margaret Thatcher. At the 2007 Tory party conference, Hadley said: “The fabric of society is rent. We need Cameron to be more like Thatcher, to say enough is enough.” At the bar, he was apparently greeted with an impromptu refrain from his hit “Gold”. Around the same time, it was rumored that Hadley himself was contemplating a run in politics, however this never materialized.
Phil Collins famously kept his promise to leave the country if Labor were elected in 1997 and emigrated to Switzerland. Before the 2005 election, Noel Gallagher demanded: “Vote Labour. If you don’t and the Tories come in, Phil threatens to come back.” Collins later added that the decision was made because of Labour’s pro-rich tax policy and because he was in a relationship with a woman who lived in Switzerland , but he was never a supporter of the Conservative Party.
Craig David surprised fans by appearing to endorse David Cameron in a YouTube video that was later deleted. Corresponding huck Magazine, Craig sang in the video, “Oh, Mr. Cameron wants to change what we’re going through. I hope his policies will protect me and you,” to the tune of his hit single “Fill Me In.” Later asked by huck Commenting on the video, David said: “I’m going to go on record and say: I don’t know what happened there.” However, the artist refused to speak about his political affiliations.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/musicians-conservatives-geri-halliwell-b2136352.html 5 musicians who support the Tory party, from Geri Halliwell to Gary Barlow