One Direction - One Direction Praised In Parliament For Boosting Britain

British/Irish pop stars One Direction have been praised for improving the U.K.'s diplomatic relations during a debate in parliament this week (beg16Dec13).

The What Makes You Beautiful hitmakers were brought up during a discussion in the House of Lords on Monday (16Dec13) overseen by former British Prime Minister John Major.

Major cited the pop singers as a prime example of how famous British artists can increase trust in the country and improve political clout. He also hailed singers Adele and Susan Boyle, and suggested Britain's royal family, the James Bond franchise, and period drama Downton Abbey have also improved how the nation is viewed overseas.

He told a House of Lords committee, "When people refer to 'the Queen' they almost always mean our Queen. Wherever you go Bond will be known and so, these days, will be Downton Abbey. All of these reflect a rather favourable impression on Britain.

"We've had over 20 British albums top the charts in countries around the world. It's not just the established stars like The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. You have Adele, One Direction, Susan Boyle. Wherever you go, they're household names... That is a background that few countries can match in terms of profile and that is important for our diplomacy."


Contactmusic

Tags: One Direction


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Teaser Trailer Hits The Web. It's Insane. [Trailer]

While Mad Max has never been a docile franchise, we were still...

New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Teaser Trailer Hits The Web. It's Insane. [Trailer]

Drunken Keith Urban fans hospitalised at concert

Chaos ensued at country star Keith Urban’s concert in Mansfield, Massachussetts as many fans...

Drunken Keith Urban fans hospitalised at concert

Jake Bugg - There's A Beast And We All Feed It

A new black and white video for Jake Bugg's song 'There's A Beast And We All Feed It' has now...

Jake Bugg - There's A Beast And We All Feed It Video

Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Get Affectionate At Comic-Con 2014

Apparently Comic-Con is one giant love fest this year, with Ian Somerhalder...

Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Get Affectionate At Comic-Con 2014

Poll: What Do We Think of The Simpsons/Family Guy Teaser Trailer?

Homer and Peter Griffin, Bart and Stewie, Marge and Lois, Lisa and Meg...

Poll: What Do We Think of The Simpsons/Family Guy Teaser Trailer?

The Kooks - Forgive & Forget (Live At Hana Studios)

The Kooks are set to return with their fourth studio album 'Listen' on September 1st 2014 via Virgin...

The Kooks - Forgive & Forget (Live At Hana Studios) Video
Advertisement

Marvel's "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" Trailer Debuted At SDCC And Looked Awesome, Probably.

Marvel kicked off promotion for Avengers: Age of Ultron early at SDCC...

Marvel's

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 'Our Leader The Mockingjay'

Katniss Everdeen has survived the latest political disaster of Panem...

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

Lily Allen's Instagram Prank Might Get Aussie Policeman In Trouble

Lily Allen’s Instagram prank with the help of an Australian police officer could...

Lily Allen's Instagram Prank Might Get Aussie Policeman In Trouble


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

One Direction Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on One Direction

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All