Richard Denies Seeking Political Favours
Veteran singer SIR CLIFF RICHARD has blasted accusations he only lent his Barbados home to holidaying British Prime Minister TONY BLAIR to secure his backing in a copyright campaign. The BACHELOR BOY singer has been lobbying to lengthen the period for which he can earn royalties on his work, and a leaked paper from a recent Government meeting showed Blair had presented the issue to ministers as a matter of importance. But Richard is disgusted by claims the move was a ministerial favour prompted by his generosity in the Caribbean. He fumes, "How dare people suggest I asked him to help me, or spoke to anyone else. "I've always been careful not to talk to Tony about politics, because that would spoil things. He must have great difficulty in finding friends who want you for yourself. So I wanted CHERIE and Tony to think, 'They're friends of ours, they never ask us for anything.'"