Pictures of a young Tim Farron during his New Romantic period have been discovered in the recesses of the internet today. But the Lib Dem leadership hopeful is not the only Member of Parliament with a penchant for pop.
The House band (pardon the pun) has to be MP4 - that's Labour's Kevin Brennan, former MP Ian Cawsey, Tory Greg Knight and Pete Wishart of the SNP (Wishart in fact spent 15 years in the Scottish rock outfit Runrig before becoming joining parliament). They hold the honour of being the only rock band to have played Westminster Hall, a gig that reverberated so loudly that one of Henry VIII shuttlecocks was dislodged from the ceiling. You can hear a track from their album 'Cross Party' here. Then there is Norman Baker, who shares Tim Farron's liking for the wide brimmed rocker hat.
Having lost his seat in Lewes earlier this month we’re hoping to see Norman Baker redouble his efforts with his band ‘The Reform Club’ - their 'hit' Piccadilly Circus exhibited a unique lyrical prowess, heavily influenced by the Kinks
“London Bridge is falling down / Zombie tourists flock into town / Buying plastic policeman / Japanese banker taking digital pix / A drunk’s mad laugh looking for a fix / Singing Rule Britannia.”
And then there is David Morris, the Conservative MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, Farron's neighboring constituency. Morris was a serious musical high-flyer, penning pop tunes for Stock, Aitken and Waterman before he was an MP and even appearing on Top of the Pops in Rick Astley's backing band, pretending to play the keyboards.
Morris, however, has played down his experience on TOTP. “People ask me about it like it was some glamorous experience. It was no more sexy than doing Newsnight.” Newsnight un-sexy? Some very Ugly Rumours indeed.