No sympathy for the Conservatives: Mick Jagger pulls out of PM’s event

City A.M. Reporter
FROM a 1967 drugs conviction to a 2003 knighthood bestowed by the Queen, Mick Jagger’s transformation from rock’n’roll rebel to darling of the British establishment always seemed unlikely.

And Sir Mick stayed true to his upstart reputation yesterday by scrapping an appearance at David Cameron’s tea party to promote Britain at Davos.

The Rolling Stones frontman, who was recommended for a knighthood by Tony Blair, said his planned appearance was being used as a “political football”.

Sir Mick had been scheduled to appear at an event organised by Cameron to promote Britain during the gathering of the world’s richest and most powerful people in Davos this week.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is expected to attend the event.

Sir Mick’s refusal to take part is a blow for Cameron, who had earlier in the day welcomed his involvement.

Jagger said in a statement: “I now find myself being used as a political football and there has been a lot of comment about my political allegiances which are inaccurate. I think it’s best I decline the invitation to the key event and curtail my visit.”