Halliwell, speaking at the launch of her new album ‘Scream If You Wanna Go Faster’ last night (May 14) in London, said she still admired Thatcher: “My father was a strong Conservative so I saw a lot of what Mrs Thatcher did. She was definitely the original Spice Girl rising from the greengrocer’s daughter to Prime Minister. She was a real role model of a strong woman.”
Halliwell, a friend of Labour leader Blair’s wife Cherie, admitted that she didn’t know a lot about politics but said she agreed to do the advert for Labour, which was broadcast on British TV last night, because of the party’s education policies.
“I am proud to be British and I am happy to put my support behind a strong leader who I believe has a real heart,” she told the Daily Record. “I believe in the fundamental right to education and I want to put my faith in a leader that shares that view.”
She added: “I don’t know a lot about politics, as I am sure a lot of people in this country don’t. I am not telling people who they should vote for but I do want people to realise how important it is to vote and to have their say.”
She denied that she filmed Labour’s party political broadcast as a publicity stunt for her new album, saying: “There will always be cynicism and I cannot control what people think. But it really is just coincidence. My album was always going to be released today.”