Brian Cox jokes about former band’s song drowning out Rishi Sunak

Prof Cox tweeted another choice of song following Sunak's announcement
Prof Cox tweeted another choice of song following Sunak's announcement - Liam McBurney/PA

Brian Cox, the physicist and former musician, has joked about Rishi Sunak’s election announcement getting drowned out by his former band’s hit Things Can Only Get Better.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister delivered his speech in the rain outside No 10 while the song by D:Ream, used as New Labour’s campaign anthem in 1997, was blasted at full volume near Downing Street.

The music was being played by Steve Bray, a serial protester in Westminster, and 10 other pro-European Union activists.

Cox, a former keyboard player for D:Ream, posted a clip of the moment the Prime Minister ended his speech and turned to walk back into No 10 to the American television sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm theme tune.

Cox, who played in bands D:Ream and Dare in the 1990s, became a professor of particle physics and found fame after fronting BBC TV shows including The Planets and Wonders of the Solar System.

D:Ream’s hit, which spent four weeks at number one in 1994, entered the top 10 of the iTunes chart on Thursday, reaching number six.

Prof Cox (far left) with D:Ream in 1995
Prof Cox (far left) with D:Ream in 1995 - Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Mr Sunak admitted it was “a bit wet” when he made his election announcement, but said on Thursday he did not regret giving the speech outside No 10 in the pouring rain.

As he embarked on a two-day whistlestop tour of all four UK nations, Mr Sunak joked he did have a brolly with him “just in case”.

“I’m not going to deny that it was a bit wet,” Mr Sunak laughed on LBC Radio.

“I’m not a fair-weather politician.

“I believe very strongly in the traditions of our country. And when you’re making a statement of that magnitude as Prime Minister, I believe in just doing it in the traditional way, come rain and shine, in front of the steps of Downing Street.”