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The prime minister's claim to have voted for Will Young looks a bit suspect. But he's not the first to bend the truth in order to get down with the kids

David Cameron has an unlikely taste in music – he's the first Tory Pm to dig the Smiths, for instance – but we rarely thought he was making much of it up. Until Monday, that is. Speaking to reporters in Westminster, the prime minister let it be known that he had once voted for Will Young on The X Factor: "because my daughter made me". Which is all very eclectic (80s indie and early-00s talent-show crap on the same iPod!) but it is also demonstrably false. Will Young won Pop Idol (not The X Factor) in 2002, at which point Nancy Gwen Cameron – née 2004 – was but a pair of X chromosomes lurking deep inside mama and papa Cameron. Whoops.

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- Patrick Kingsley

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