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Ukip Calypso: Political chart-toppers and party-stoppers

Mike Read isn't the first political campaigner to endure an embarrassing musical gaffe

By Alexander Brown  

Mike Read has apologised to anyone offended by his pro-Ukip calypso track. © Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The DJ Mike Read, whose “Ukip Calypso” spread across Twitter feeds this week, had to withdraw the song from sale yesterday amid accusations of racism.

But Ukip is not the first party to endure a musical embarrassment. Here are seven other examples of times when politicians should have resisted the urge to press play:


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