Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has taken guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen on a tour of Parliament where they discussed Mike’s national music competition and Yngwie becoming a patron.
Yngwie Malmsteen, a world-renowned guiatarist, recently accepted an invitation from Mike to visit the House of Commons to discuss his parliamentary music competition. Rock the House, now Parliament’s biggest competition, was set up by Mike to raise awareness amongst MPs of Intellectual Property, copyright and live music. Mike was delighted that Yngwie Malmsteen has agreed to be a patron of Rock the House. For more information on the parliamentary competition, click here.
Commenting, Mike said: “I am delighted that Yngwie has become a Patron of Rock the House. The UK music industry is hugely important in terms of employment and overseas earnings. This must be encouraged as protection of copyright is essential to the ongoing ability to pay artists for the work that they create. A future generation of young musicians need the backing of MPs if Britain is to continue to lead in this exciting field.”
Yngwie added: “I am very honoured and excited to visit the House of Commons, but more importantly to be a Patron of Rock the House. It is for a great cause and I am looking forward to hearing some of the best talent in the UK.”