M People 'livid' as Liz Truss uses Moving on Up as 'soundtrack to lies'

The song opens with the lyrics: 'You've done me wrong, your time is up.'

M People ‘livid’ over Liz Truss’ use of Moving on Up at Tory Party conference in Birmingham Flickr

A founder of the M People says the band is “livid” about Liz Truss’ use of their song Moving On Up as entrance music at the Conservative Party conference.

The Prime Minister walked on stage to deliver her speech to delegates with the 90s hit playing over the loudspeakers.

However, Mike Pickering – a founding member of the group – insisted that he does not want the song being a “soundtrack to lies”.

The son of fellow band founder Heather Small is also a Labour councillor for Bayswater on Westminster City Council.

The tune includes the lyrics, “You’ve done me wrong, your time is up”, and, “I’m movin’ on up, you’re movin’ on out”.

Pickering suggested that Truss will not be around for “very long” to use the song again in future.

“They are livid. Heather’s boy James is a Labour councillor,” he said of the band’s reaction to the song being used by Truss.

“Hopefully most people will know that they have pirated it off us.

“She won’t be around to use it again for very long, I would imagine.”

He added: “I am absolutely gutted by it because they are killing the live touring of bands and artists.”

Pickering described the Conservatives as being “useless at everything” as he urged Truss to take notice of the lyrics.

He said: “I was just looking at the lyrics. It’s amazing. I hope she takes notes. It’s about, ‘Go and pack your bags and get out’.”

The musician added: “I don’t know why they have used it. They are so useless at everything. Who knows?”

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