Arabnews24.ca:Friday 27 January 2023 09:01 AM: Labour's deputy leader has described how she was "humbled" after her party gained the support of Sir Rod Stewart live on Sky News, saying the legendary rocker had "given a voice to many people's frustration" with the Conservative government.
The Maggie May singer called into the Your Say segment of Sarah-Jane Mee's show on Thursday to discuss the ongoing crisis in the NHS.
After listening, he offered to buy private cancer scans for up to 20 people who are on waiting lists worried about their illnesses.
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But Sir Rod also revealed his change of heart when it came to politics, telling the show: "I personally have been a Tory for a long time but I think this government should stand down now and give the Labour Party a go, this is heartbreaking.
"In all my years in this country I've never seen it so bad... change the bloody government."
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Asked for her response to the comments on a visit to an ambulance station in Essex, Angela Rayner told reporters: "Rod Stewart has given a voice to many people's frustrations at the moment, including Conservative voters.
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"Because what the Conservatives have shown themselves to do, especially over the last couple of years, is not what they would consider to be Conservative.
"We've had low growth, high taxes, we've had cuts to our public services, we've had the economy that has been crashed, so I am not surprised that Rod Stewart has looked at that, anyone can look at this government's record and see that they've failed and that we need change now."
'We had to change'
She said the support from the singer and "the fact that Rod Stewart was able to see also the plan that Labour has is humbling for me and [Labour leader] Keir and the rest of the Labour team who knew we had to change the party, knew we had to listen to the voters and that hopefully they can see we have a plan to make things better into the future".
Ms Rayner added: "It is a sign, first of all, that the Conservatives are really on the wrong track and people can see that now."