Singing Leeds MP Andrea’s chart bid

Morley and Outwood MP Andrea Jenkyns is recording a charity single.
Morley and Outwood MP Andrea Jenkyns is recording a charity single.
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THE WOMAN who knocked Ed Balls off his political perch has set her sights on climbing up the charts.

Morley and Outwood MP Andrea Jenkyns is releasing a single next year to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and will perform in concert at Leeds Town Hall.

She will be backed by fellow musical politicians; the MP for Colchester Will Quince, a male tenor, and Robert Jennick, MP for Newark, who are friends from her newly formed House of Commons band.

Andrea said: “Every penny will go to the Royal British Legion.

“The song has lots of strings with a classical feel and it’s a ballad and it’s for those who have lost loved ones.

“I have been singing since I was young and as a young child I had singing lessons, and I’ve had several bands and my album is still on iTunes, which is called I Love You in Secret.”

The Conservative politician and semi-professional soprano was due to record the ballad after Christmas.

It has been written by one of her constituents, who has been brought up in care, to help raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Following the success of the Military Wives song in 2011, Ms Jenkyns said she knows there’s huge support from the community for the armed forces.

She also wanted to showcase the song-writing talent of someone local.

She said: “It’s a big thing for him to write this song and I thought it would be great to release it.”

The tune will be heard for the first time publicly on June 24 at Leeds Town Hall when Andrea will sing at a large event to commemorate World War Two’s Battle of Britain. As well as her support from MPs, Kippax Brass Band, Leeds orchestra and air cadets will also perform.