LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has reportedly failed in his first bid for political office as an official membe of Tony Blair’s Labour Party, failing to match the support of Conservative Ian Rowley and Liberal Democrat Stuart Bonar for the Westminster Council.
Rowntree told the BBC that it was “fun” standing for Labour in the English local elections, but admitted that he had faced a tough fight to get on the Tory-held council.
As a band, Blur’s support for the Labour Party dates back to before 1997.
Rowntree, a former computer engineer who also owns an animation company, told the BBC that he became a Labour candidate after attending a meeting and being voted in as chairman.
“It’s been really good fun though, and I have really enjoyed it and I have learnt a lot,” he said. “I can imagine people looking at me and thinking: ‘Really? Why now?’”
Rowntree fought for local issues, including elderly housing and pedestrian crossings. He would have served for the district that encompasses Marylebone High Street, one of London’s most exclusive shopping districts. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers