On Thursday 12 November, millions of Britons took to the polls to vote in the UK’s third general election in five years. But in the aftermath of the results, one story got lost amidst headlines dominated by the Conservative victory and Labour wipeout — the fate of Bucks Fizz singer Jay Aston and her bid to win a seat for the Brexit Party.
Jay Aston — General Election 2019 Results
One quarter of the Eurovision 1981 winning group, the singer stood for election under her married name Jay Aston Colquhounis. As a member of Nigel Farrage’s Brexit Party, she ran on a platform focused on securing the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
However, voters in London’s Kensington constituency don’t appear to have bought into her message, or at least her version of it. That’s because Jay only managed to achieve 348 votes, placing her fifth in the final poll.
By comparison, the constituency’s poll topper Felicity Buchan achieved 16,768 votes for the Conservatives. However, there is a chance that Jay is indirectly responsible for denying the Labour Party a seat. The party’s sitting MP Emma Dent Coad missed out by just 180 votes, getting a total of 16,618.
London Kensington constituency results — General Election 2019
- Felicity Buchan, Conservative, 16,768
- Emma Dent Coad, Labour, 16,618
- Sam Gyimah, Liberal Democrat, 9,312
- Vivien Lichtenstein, Green, 535
- Jay Aston Colquhoun, The Brexit Party, 384
- Roger Phillips, Christian Peoples Alliance, 70
- Harriet Gore, Touch Love Worldwide, 47
- Scott Dore, Workers Revolutionary Party, 28
Jay Aston isn’t the first Eurovision winner involved in EU politics. Ireland’s first winner Dana Scallon served as a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004. Ukraine’s first Eurovision winner Ruslana is a pro-EU activist and peace campaigner.
Jay, the Fizz and Brexit
In 2016, former Bucks Fizz members Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston were booked to play the pro-Brexit music festival and political rally Bpoplive, after a number of high-profiles acts pulled out. However the event was cancelled. At the time, the trio said they did not endorse either the Leave or Remain campaigns.
Earlier this year, the three singers — who now perform as The Fizz — uploaded a parody of their iconic Eurovision performance. While lip-syncing to “Making Your Mind Up”, Jay and Cheryl performed a skirt-rip, where European Union flags were pulled away to reveal Union Jack underpants.
— Jay Aston (@JayAstonC) April 5, 2019
Jay has also had a somewhat gloomy perspective on the UK’s fortunes at Eurovision. Last year, when asked about the UK at Eurovision, she said:
“I’m not sure we can win again, I think it would be miraculous if the UK could win. We have sent some good things over and we’ve always come in the bottom five. There’s no way we would want to do it again, I wouldn’t mind reading out the points though.”
Fellow Fizz member Cheryl Baker has been more supportive of the UK’s Eurovision efforts. In 2018 she cheered on SuRie, tweeting “We have a chance in #Eurovision2018! Superb singer, superb song.”
Bucks Fizz represented the UK at Eurovision 1981. The group performed the upbeat pop song “Making Your Mind Up”. It won the contest, giving the UK their fourth Eurovision win. “Making Your Mind Up” was a huge international hit, reaching No.1 in eight countries.
However, recent UK Eurovision entries have not fared as well. In the past decade, boyband Blue had the best chart placing with 16th for “I Can”. The UK’s most recent entry “Bigger Than Us” did not not make the top 100 of the UK singles chart.