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Bruce Springsteen should be next US ambassador to UK - John Mann

Published 24/11/2016

Bruce Springsteen has been given the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is a Labour MP's pick for US ambassador to the UK (AP)
Bruce Springsteen has been given the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is a Labour MP's pick for US ambassador to the UK (AP)

Bruce Springsteen should become the next US ambassador to the UK, according to an MP.

Labour's John Mann said he would welcome the musician, nicknamed "The Boss", taking on the role and praised him for writing "many of the anthems of America".

The suggestion comes after US President-elect Donald Trump called for interim Ukip leader Nigel Farage to be appointed Britain's ambassador to the United States.

Number 10 was forced to insist there was "no vacancy" and offered praise to Britain's incumbent ambassador Sir Kim Darroch after Mr Trump's late-night tweet.

Mr Mann (Bassetlaw) has now tabled a motion in Parliament offering a suggestion to Mr Trump about who the US should send to the UK to aid diplomatic relations.

Mr Mann's early day motion (EDM) states: " That this House recognises the importance of the city of Youngstown in Ohio to the US.

"(It) notes that Bruce Springsteen recently received the US's highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"(It) believes that Bruce Springsteen has written and performed many of the anthems of America and would welcome Bruce Springsteen as the next US Ambassador to the UK."

Matthew Barzun has been the US ambassador to the UK since 2013.

An EDM is a formal motion submitted for debate in the House of Commons, although very few are actually debated.

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