Dua Lipa tells PM ‘It’s very good to clap for them, but we need to pay them’ at Brit Awards

An MP told BBC Breakfast viewers this morning that ‘there’s been a pay rise.’

Matt Bodell
12 May 2021

Dia Lipa announced she would be sharing her award with nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu.

Singer, songwriter Dua Lipa used her acceptance speech at the Brit Awards last night to urge Boris Johnson to give NHS workers a pay rise.

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It comes after the Government told NHS workers 1% was all it could afford despite their efforts during the pandemic.

In her acceptance speech, as she picked up the award for best female artist, Dua Lipa said: “It’s very good to clap for them, but we need to pay them.

“I think what we should do is we should all give a massive, massive round of applause and give Boris [Johnson] a message that we all support a fair pay rise for our front line.”

She also announced she would be sharing her award with nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, an emeritus professor of nursing at the University of West London, for “a stellar nursing career fighting racial injustice” and “protecting frontline workers”.

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There’s been a pay rise.

Responding to the news on Twitter Dame Elizabeth Anionwu said;  “I’m in shock!! Thank you so much @DUALIPA for your nomination and your support for better pay for frontline #NHS staff Congratulations on your own #FemaleSoloArtist #brits2021 2021 award!”

Nurses took to Twitter following the dedication in celebration.

However Environment Secretary George Eustice told BBC Breakfast this morning; “There’s been a pay rise, it was announced.

“There’s been a pay freeze for most of the public sector and it’s also important to recognise that in recent years that there have been some pay rises as well, particularly for nurses and the lower paid.

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“We know that it is a difficult public finance environment as well, so we can’t always go as far as you’d like but it’s also the case that there’s also a pay review that’s going on into the NHS.”

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