Bob Geldof is to help the Conservative Party it has been revealed today (December 28).
The Live8 organiser will join the Tories’ policy group on global poverty, though stressed the role is strictly non-partisan.
Defending his decision to link-up with the Tories, Geldof declared: “I don’t care who I have to go to to try to make this agenda work.”
Announcing the new policy group, the new Conservative leader David Cameron explained that Geldof – once singer of the Boomtown Rats – would help the Tories “go in the direction that he and we both want to go”.
He added : “This summer, millions of British people took part in the Make Poverty History campaign. A new generation of concerned citizens want prosperity for themselves and progress for the poor, whether living on the other side of the street or the other side of the world.”
The policy group will be chaired by former Conservative cabinet minister Peter Lilley, BBC News reports.
“He (Geldof) has an enormous knowledge and expertise. He’s been working on this area for 20 years,” said Lilley of his new consultant. “He knows more people, he’s got access to more expertise than almost anybody else in the world and that’s why I’m thrilled to have him as an advisor to the group”.