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Make Springsteen US ambassador: British MP

Press AssociationPress Association 24/11/2016

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 and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage to be appointed ambassador to the US.

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

Mann has tabled a motion in parliament offering a suggestion to Trump about who the US should send to the UK to aid diplomatic relations.

"That this House recognises the importance of the city of Youngstown in Ohio to the US," it says.

"(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.

The motion comes as Farage taunted the prime minister with a mock ambassador's reception complete with chocolate and champagne at London's Ritz hotel.

Farage was cheered by his financial backers before offering guests pyramids of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, a joking reference to a long-running British "ambassador's reception" TV advertisement, which cast the gold-foiled confection as the delicacy of choice for diplomats.

Farage praised what he called "the political revolution" that had brought Brexit and then the election of Trump, who Farage supported at a political rally before his victory.

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