Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

14/05/12 - Poets Late run in the polls for Parliament

Ormskirk band The Late Poets are anxiously waiting for the votes to be counted in this year’s Rock the House competition.


MP Rosie Cooper nominated The Late Poets in the band section from West Lancashire in the 2012 Rock the House competition.


Rock the House is a Parliamentary live music and venue competition. The competition celebrates the very best of up-and-coming unsigned British artists and the live music venues that support them. The aim of the competition is to raise the political profile of the importance of intellectual property rights and live music, among parliamentarians. 


The winners are given the opportunity to perform at the House of Commons and win a whole host of music related prizes designed to help them succeed in the tough music world. 


West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:


“I was delighted to nominate the Late Poets to represent West Lancashire. When I met the band they were a really nice down to earth group of guys. I appreciate the hard work they’ve put in to get this far. It would be fantastic to see a West Lancashire band perform on the House of Commons Terrace.”


Rosie went on to say:


“The music industry is a tough nut to crack and I wish the band all the best. Not only does this competition give exposure to aspiring musicians, it raises awareness of the music industry, our second largest economy. 


Bassist and front man Paul Tunnicliffe spoke of the bands delight at being nominated by MP Rosie, he said:


"It’s going to be a bit a fun and exposure. We are thinking of calling ourselves the Back Benchers and be suited and booted. It is fantastic that Rosie Cooper has supported us as a local band by nominating us for Rock the House 2012. 


The finalists will be announced on 23rd May, with the live finals being held on 30th May 2012. Famous musicians such as Alice Cooper, Robin Gibb and Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus have thrown their support behind the competition.


The Late Poets members Paul Tunnicliffe, drummer Niall Williams and guitarist Sean Michael Bennett, will be up against stiff competition with over 160 MPs submitting nominees from around the country. For details of the band visit their page at


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