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Noel Gallagher attacks William Hague for appearing at GQ awards

Hannah Furness

Published 04/09/2013 | 08:31

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Rock star Noel Gallagher last night condemned William Hague for appearing at the GQ Man of the Year Awards while the crisis in Syria rages, telling him he should have been addressing the world's problems instead.

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Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, used the awards ceremony to make a political point about party guests, which included Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the British Foreign Secretary.

Accepting the GQ award for "Icon" of the year, he said: "Welcome to the Tory party conference by the way.

"It's nice to see the Foreign Secretary here while there's s--- going on all over the world he should be sorting out."

His words were met with a rousing round of applause from assembled guests, including actors, musicians and artists from across the globe.

Mr Hague had attended he ceremony, at the Royal Opera House in London, to present the writer of the year award to the Telegraph's Charles Moore, after praising his biography of Baroness Thatcher.

Boris Johnson, who won the politician of the year award, also used the night to make a political point, telling dinner guests about the reduced crime rate in London, his building projects, and "toasty" new buses.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  William Hague and Ffion Jenkins attends the GQ Men of the Year awards at The Royal Opera House on September 3, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
William Hague and Ffion Jenkins attends the GQ Men of the Year awards at The Royal Opera House on September 3, 2013 in London, England.

He joked he had a first believed his award was a "practical joke or clerical error".

Stephen Fry and Dan Stevens took the opportunity to commemorate Sir David Frost, while Michael Douglas advocated the HPV vaccine and Piers Morgan spoke out about gun control.

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