Charlie Simpson is still haunted by a joke played by former Busted bandmate Matt Willis in which he claimed the band were supporters of Britain's Conservative party during an interview.

The 19-year-old - who quit Busted to pursue success in his rock group FIGHTSTAR - is eager to quash long-established rumours he's a self-confessed "Tory boy", insisting Willis' comments were misconstrued.

He says, "The Tory thing is complete bulls**t! It came out of Matt's mouth in an interview taking the complete p**s, and it was on the front cover of a newspaper.

"He was like laughing when he said it. Matt's Labour! He said something like, 'Now I've got loads of money I'm a f**king Tory boy,' laughing."

09/02/2005 17:42