Blur drummer gets beat in British elections

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Dave Rowntree, the drummer with top Britpop band Blur, was upbeat Friday despite failing to drum up enough support to become the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster.

Rowntree, 45, stood for Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party in the constituency that covers the heart of London, including parliament itself.

But the sitting Conservative lawmaker Mark Field was re-elected with 19,264 votes (52 percent), with Rowntree coming second on 8,188 votes (22 percent).

"Despite all the pundits' gloomy predictions, we weren't knocked into third place," he said on his website.

"The lasting legacy of this campaign for me will be the friendships I have made over the last couple of years, both inside and outside the party."

Blur's biggest hits include "Parklife" (1994), "Country House" (1995), "Song 2", "Beetlebum (1997) and "Tender" (1999).

One of the biggest British bands of the 1990s alongside Oasis, the rock group last year played their first gigs as a four-piece since 2000, and released a vinyl-only single last month.

© 2010 AFP

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