Ex-Tory MP Louise Mensch mocked after botched Leonard Cohen tribute

Mensch suffers gaffe after appearing to mistake Cohen's nationality

Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch made a public gaffe earlier today after appearing to mistake Leonard Cohen‘s nationality when paying tribute to the late singer-songwriter.

News of Cohen’s death was confirmed earlier today. He was 82. Read tributes to Cohen here.

Honouring the music icon earlier today, Mensch wrote on Twitter: “Leonard Cohen’s death reminds us that America’s enduring greatness is as multifaceted as a diamond. Russia has nothing. Russia is joyless.”

It was soon pointed out that Cohen is in fact Canadian, not American.

Having deleted her original tweet, Mensch later claimed that she hadn’t been suggesting that Cohen was American (“I didn’t know either way”) but was instead “commenting on the glory of his music in our free society”.

She went on to further her attack on Russia, writing: “There are no Leonard Cohens in Russia, they have no rock n’ roll, no fun, no ‘Hallelujah’, & they are poor in everything, including spirit”. See her tweets in full below.

Mensch was Tory MP for Corby from 2010 to 2012. Before becoming a MP, Mensch (previously Louise Bagshawe) worked in the music industry as a PR and in marketing. She is currently married to Metallica and Muse’s manager Peter Mensch.

Earlier this year, Mensch claimed that she used to date Noel Gallagher.