2 APRIL 2003

Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall has revealed ambitions to pursue a career in politics. But it seems that after so many years of rock stardom, becoming a regular MP wouldn't be enough to satisfy the flame-haired singer. Indeed, he has made it clear he would prefer to go straight to the upper house of British government.

"The Lords appeals to me more than the House of Commons," said the Manchester-born crooner. "You need people in there who are professional, who've achieved something in their lives and who aren't politicians."

A long-time Labour supporter, Mick also has all the right contacts to make the move from performing to politicking. "I know Tony Blair," revealed the 43-year-old. "I'm friendly with Tony and I've got a huge amount of respect for him. I don't think people realise how committed and sincere he is about helping the world and his country."

The soul star also feels that a non-elected upper-house plays a crucial role in maintaining a balanced democracy. "The problem with electing is you're just going to put in a whole bunch of other politicians. The last thing we need on the Earth right now is even more politicians."

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