Over the years pop stars haven’t been shy when it comes to giving their opinions on political matters.
Here’s a list of some political pop stars and a run down of where their allegiances lie.
Lily Allen launched a stinging attack on the coalition Government with her online demo track I Was Born In The 80s. The song asks David Cameron: “You’re supposed to be our protector – what about the whole public sector?” Lily is a passionate supporter of the Labour Party. She backed Ed Miliband in his successful party leadership bid and posted a ‘liliband’ selfie of herself with the Labour leader on Instagram.
Take That star Gary Barlow appeared alongside David Cameron ahead of the 2010 general election to promote an X Factor style talent contest initiative for schools. When asked by reporters if he’d be voting Conservative he confirmed he would, adding: “There’s no one more with it than David.”
Labour Party voter Paloma Faith says she “can’t begin to acknowledge anything good that comes from a Tory”. And, in an interview with the Mirror, she also took aim at fellow pop stars who charge their fans big money for concert tickets. “Because I’m a socialist, I think it’s disgusting when Madonna and co set ticket prices at £300. I don’t believe in elitism,” she said.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke played a benefit gig in aid of the Green Party in 2010 to raise money for environmental campaigner Tony Juniper’s ultimately unsuccessful bid to become an MP. He said: “Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone there (Parliament) who is actually doing more than paying lip service to climate change?”
X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is a staunch Labour supporter. In an interview with Q magazine she described Prime Minister David Cameron as “slippery” and said: “We’ve always been Labour in our family, it just feels wrong not to be.”
You’d have been hard pressed to find a Tory in Glasgow in the 1980s, but that’s exactly what Scottish singer Lulu was. A keen admirer of Margaret Thatcher, she said of the Iron Lady: “I liked her strength. I thought she was a very strong leader, like a strong headmistress in a school.”
Brothers Craig and Charlie Reid, perhaps better known as The Proclaimers, passionately believe in left-wing politics. The pair are strongly in favour of an independent Scotland and donated £10,000 to the Yes campaign in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum.
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree stood as the Labour Party candidate in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency in the 2010 general election. He failed in his bid to defeat Tory MP Mark Field in what is a safe seat for the Coservatives.