Fans Criticise Ella Henderson Following Conservative Party Conference Set

She performed at a TikTok and UK Music reception...

Fans have criticised Ella Henderson following her set at the Conservative party conference.

The Conservative conference rolled into Birmingham earlier this week, amid negative headlines following the recent mini-budget. A prompt – some would argue humiliating – u-turn followed, with inter-party fissures evident on the ground and on social media.

It’s been a tough old week for those poor lambs, so the party organised some entertainment. Pop favourite Ella Henderson strolled in to perform, and in fairness to her gave a stomping set of some chart bangers at the TikTok and UK Music reception.

Some footage found its way online.

The performance has caused a push-back on social media, with many linking Ella Henderson’s appearance to some of the Conservative party’s toxic policies.

Like this one:

Equally, Ella Henderson is a favourite amongst the queer community, frequently performing at Pride events around the country. The Conservative party has a somewhat chequered history of supporting LGBTQT+ people, and this added to the backlash:

Ella Henderson has not commented on her performance.


UK Music have sent the following statement out to press, emphasising the cross-party role of their ongoing events, and denying that the appearance is linked to political affiliation.

“Ella Henderson performed as guest of UK Music and TikTok at the Conservative Party Conference, following a similar event at the Labour Party Conference the week before. Ella was due to perform at the Labour Party Conference as well but had to pull out due to illness.” 

These events do not indicate political affiliation and are held to highlight the importance of the UK’s music sector and the success of our talent on a global stage. It’s vital that those in government and opposition appreciate the importance of the UK music industry both economically and culturally and that’s why UK Music – which is the representative body for the sector – exists and works on the industry’s behalf.”

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