UK Politics

Minister disappointed by shortened Adele speech

Sire George Young and Adele
Image caption Oh, what a knight: Sir George rode to Adele's defence in the Commons

The leader of the House of Commons has said he was "disappointed" that singer Adele's acceptance speech was cut short at the Brit Awards.

She had just been handed best album prize when she was told to stop speaking on Tuesday night because the awards ceremony was behind schedule.

She has since attacked record industry "suits" for the perceived slight.

Sir George Young told MPs he "shared" Adele's unhappiness over the affair but congratulated her on her achievement.

Broadcaster ITV said it had received scores of complaints about Tuesday's Brits broadcast, in which Adele's acceptance speech - near the end of the show - was cut short by host James Corden.

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Media captionAdele's speech was halted after she picked up the prize for best British album

This was in order for Blur, the winners of a lifetime achievement gong, to perform the finale.

The channel has since apologised to the singer, who left the stage aiming a rude gesture at Brit organisers.

Adele, who also won the best female artist award, picked up six prizes at the US Grammys earlier this month.

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Media captionJames Corden: 'So hard' cutting Adele short

In the House of Commons, Conservative MP Therese Coffey, told Sir George: "I'm sure that you will be aware of the government's efforts to promote exports...

"Will you join me in congratulating Adele on winning the Grammies and call for an urgent debate on how music contributes to our great export growth."

Sir George replied: "I join my honourable friend in congratulating Adele on her many achievements and I share her disappointment that her speech was cut short by what she calls 'the suits'.

"The music industry is an important export industry. My honourable friend is absolutely right and we should do all we can to encourage it."

The minister, known as the "bicycling baronet" due to his love of cycling, attended Eton, the same school as Adele's boyfriend charity campaigner Simon Konecki.

Adele, whose songs include Someone Like You, Make You Feel My Love and Rolling in the Deep, has had number one albums and singles in several countries.

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