Wednesday 26 July 2017

Bercow meets 'hero' Alice Cooper

Rocker Alice Cooper with Speaker John Bercow outside the Houses of Parliament
Rocker Alice Cooper with Speaker John Bercow outside the Houses of Parliament

Commons Speaker John Bercow has been given advice on staying off the booze from one of his musical heroes - veteran shock-rocker Alice Cooper.

The pair met when the US singer visited the Commons to sign up as a patron of the Rock the House music competition run by lifelong fan and Tory MP Mike Weatherley.

"You were very much my hero," Mr Bercow said, prompting suggestions from Cooper that he had been responsible for his "juvenile delinquency".

And after the formerly heavy-drinking rock star, now 63, said turning teetotal 30 years ago was the secret to his long career on tour, Mr Bercow revealed his own abstinence.

Chatting on the Commons terrace, Mr Bercow revealed that he had not drunk alcohol all year in a bid to lose some weight and keep fit.

Mr Weatherley said it was outrage as a teenage fan over a Labour MP's bid to stop the singer coming to the UK in 1973 that inspired him to enter politics.

Rock the House is an annual contest he set up to promote live music and awareness of intellectual property rights - with the winners playing a gig on the Commons terrace.

Cooper, who is on tour in the UK, is famed for hits such as School's Out and Poison, as well as horror-themed stage shows including mock executions.

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