The Rolling Stones waive royalties for Jo Cox Christmas single

The late MP was murdered in June 2016

The Rolling Stones have waived royalties from sales of a Christmas single in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

The track, recorded by Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, Cockney Rebel’s Steve Harley, KT Tunstall, David Gray and MPs, is a cover of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’.

Pete Wishart, the SNP’s Commons leader and keyboard player in parliamentary rock band MP4 revealed the Stones were foregoing payment during a House of Commons debate.


“I’m sure the Leader of the House would also like to join me in thanking Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for waiving their royalties… ensuring that even more money goes to the Jo Cox Foundation,” he said.

The recording, which will be released on Friday, will see sales of the single raise money for a charity set up Mrs Cox’s name, reports BBC News.


Bookmakers William Hill also said it would donate any money staked on the single reaching the Christmas Number One slot, to charity.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced plans to drop VAT on sales of the single.


The subject of the song was raised by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday (December 14), where he called on all MPs to download the single in her memory.

Prime Minister Theresa May agreed, adding: “The Right Honourable Gentleman is absolutely right, we should send a very clear message, download this single for the Jo Cox Foundation, it’s a very important cause.

“We all recognise that Jo Cox was a very fine member of this House… it’s right I think, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is waiving the VAT on this single. Everybody involved gave their services for free. Once again let’s just encourage everyone to download this single.”

West Yorkshire MP Ms Cox was murdered in her Birstall constituency on June 16.

Thomas Mair was jailed for life recently after being found guilty of her murder.

At time of her death a host of musicians came out and paid tribute to the late Labour MP, with Coldplay dedicating ‘Green Eyes’ in her memory.