M People have hit out at Liz Truss for using their song Moving On Up during her Tory party conference speech.
The prime minister walked out to the 1993 hit for her much-anticipated speech in Birmingham on Wednesday.
Band member Mike Pickering, who co-wrote the song, said the band was not happy. He wrote on Twitter: “no permission given for that we’re very angry”.
He added: “So apparently we can’t stop Truss walking out to our song, very weird! So sad it got used by this shower of a government. BTW Truss labour used it with permission in 90’s. I don’t want my song being a soundtrack to lies.”
Speaking to LBC, Pickering said “without a doubt” he would have sent a cease and desist letter to the venue asking them not to play the song if he had known they were going to play it. According to LBC’s political editor Theo Usherwood, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie was in touch. He said: “Thank god, I thought it was one of ours.”
Others have been quick to point out the lyrics of the song make it a rather “bold” choice for the prime minister. Some of them include: “Stop acting like some kinda star. Just who do you think you are?” and “You’ve done me wrong, your time is up. You took a sip from the devil’s cup.”