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I’m not a Conservative Party supporter

Kate Bush has squashed rumours she supports the Conservative Party, following a 2016 article that implied she was a fan.

Writing on her website, she said she “wants to make clear I am not” a Tory.

The singer was quoted in a Canadian magazine in 2016 as voicing support for Theresa May after she became prime minister that year.

During a conversation about Hillary Clinton, who was then running as US presidential nominee, Bush said: “We have a female prime minister here in the UK. I actually really like her and think she’s wonderful.

Kate Bush, pictured at an album singing in 1980
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Kate Bush, pictured at an album signing in 1980

“I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time. She’s a very intelligent woman but I don’t see much to fear.”

Bush, 60, has now said she made the comments because “I felt it was a good thing to have women in power”.

She added: “I should have been clearer when I then said it was the best thing that had happened to us for a long time – because I greatly disliked the behaviour of the previous PM, who at that point I felt had abandoned us and everybody felt angry and let down.”

Singer Kate Bush, pictured in 2001, has rejected any affiliation with the Conservative Party
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Singer Kate Bush, pictured in 2001, has rejected any affiliation with the Conservative Party

Bush rose to fame aged 19 after her song Wuthering Heights, inspired by Emily Bronte’s novel, hit number one in the UK singles chart in 1978.

She went on to have a string of hits, including Running Up That Hill, Babooshka and Cloudbusting.

Bush performed her first live show in 35 years in 2014, having not toured since 1979.

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