Kate Bush says she does not support the British Conservative Party

The legendary English musician confirms she is not a Tory.

January 08, 2019
Kate Bush says she does not support the British Conservative Party Kate Bush in East Wickham, London. 26th September 1978.   Chris Moorhouse/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Kate Bush has pushed back on her rumored support of the British Conservative Party in a post on her website.

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Titled "clarification," Bush writes that speculation on her support for the Tories began after the publication of a 2016 interview in Macleans – “We have a female prime minister here in the UK," Bush was quoted as saying. "I actually really like her and think she’s wonderful. I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time.”

Bush claims in her statement that she was taken out of context. "My response to the interviewer was not meant to be political but rather was in the defence of women in power," Bush wrote, adding "Again with no response from me to the latest resurfacing of this article, it could make it seem like I am a tory supporter which I want to make clear I am not."

Read Bush's full statement below:

It’s been very exciting to hear all the positive feedback around the Remastered project and the lyric book. Thank you so much for embracing both of them. It means a great deal to everyone involved.
I didn’t do any interviews for either project hoping that the work could speak for itself. I read some articles that included a number of inaccuracies and usually I don’t respond. However I do feel I need to address one story which came from a phone interview I did two years ago. I was very disappointed that the use of a quote out of context was timed with the release of the live album and it seemed as if the focus went onto the quote rather than the work. It was deeply frustrating. At the time I discussed the idea of responding to it with close friends and we all agreed it was best to let it go. It seems the quote keeps being used and so I’d like to present my side of the story. Over the years, I have avoided making political comments in interviews. My response to the interviewer was not meant to be political but rather was in the defence of women in power. I felt he was putting a really negative slant on powerful women, referring to a witch hunt involving Hilary Clinton. In response I said that we had a woman in charge of our country, and that I felt it was a good thing to have women in power. 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.
Again with no response from me to the latest resurfacing of this article, it could make it seem like I am a tory supporter which I want to make clear I am not.
I won’t be commenting further on this, but feel it’s become so pervasive that I felt I needed to clarify this matter once and for all.
Happy New Year,
Kate

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