Plan B: 'The UK Government swept the riots under the carpet for Olympics'

Ben Drew hits out at David Cameron for ignoring the problems which led to the 2011 riots

Plan B: 'The UK Government swept the riots under the carpet for Olympics'

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Plan B has said the UK Government ignored the problems in society which led to the 2011 riots by sweeping them "under the carpet" for the Olympics.

The rapper, actor and film director, whose real name is Ben Drew, admitted he was "disappointed and upset" when the social disturbance initially happened but says he later changed his mind.

In an interview with The Independent, he said: "It's the first time in 30 or 40 years that the issues are at the front of the pile. The Government swept it under the carpet because of the Olympics."

Drew added that he doesn't approve of having to pay 40 per cent of his own money in tax as "the Government don't give you a choice about where the money goes", so will donate £1 from every ticket sale from his 2013 arena tour to a "big pot" to be spread to projects via his newly set-up Each One Teach One trust.

"I want to give money to the individuals within the community who are doing great things, but are struggling to do them because they've got no financial support," he said.

The rapper, who released his new film and accompanying soundtrack 'iLL Manors' earlier this year, will play 11 shows across the UK. The gigs begin at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on February 1 and run until February 15, when the rapper plays Aberdeen's AECC. He has also scheduled shows in London, Bournemouth, Manchester, Plymouth, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham and Brighton.

Plan B will play:

Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (February 1)
Manchester Arena (2)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (4)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (5)
Bournemouth International Centre (7)
Birmingham LG Arena (8)
London O2 Arena (9)
Brighton Centre (11)
Plymouth Pavilions (12)
Glasgow SECC (14)
Aberdeen AECC (15)


To check the availability of Plan B tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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