The Rolling Stones have decided to waive their claim on royalties from a cover version of their song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’. The song that is currently being recorded will feature Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs, David Gray, Steve Harley KT Tunstall, and the MP4 (a band composed of MPs from various parties). The cover song is intended to raise money for the Jo Cox Foundation.
Good Intentions Revealed
Pete Wishart, the Scottish National Party’s leader in the House of Commons and member of MP4, made this reveal on Thursday. He publically thanked them whilst in the Commons and was pleased to note that even more money would go to the Jo Cox Foundation.
MPs also commended the bookmakers William Hill, who also decided to donate the money waged on the song being Christmas No 1. Kevin Brennan praised William Hill and encouraged other bookmakers to do so, by asking how it would be “a wonderful gesture if all other bookmakers matched William Hill’s generosity?”
He also suggested holding a tribute in memory of Jo Cox instead of the Tuesday debate. He said that it would be an opportunity to highlight the greater number of similarities between MPs than differences, and a chance to applaud those who have donated or contributed to the Jo Cox Foundation.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Leader, urged all MPs to download the single. This was received well by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, who reaffirmed this. Mrs. May also announced that there would be no VAT on the single, she justified this by the fact that “everybody involved gave their services for free”. She said that the goal was to encourage people to download the song.
Jo Cox was an MP who was murdered in Birstall in West Yorkshire, which is part of her constituency of Batley and Spen. She was murdered on 16th of June, by Thomas Mair. He was convicted on 23rd of November and sentenced to life imprisonment.