Paloma Faith declares "f**k the Tories" as she describes her new album The Architect as a call for unity

The London singer-songwriter says her new album The Architect is about "empathy and kindness".

Paloma Faith has opened up about her forthcoming album The Architect, saying it's a call for unity during these politically turbulent times. 

Speaking at yesterday's Q Awards in London (Oct 18), the London singer-songwriter said she wasn't aiming to create a political album but understands it may be perceived in that light. 

"I do think it could be political, if political means more consideration for the human condition and kindness and empathy," she told Official Charts. "But I don't want people to think, oh, it's a political album, I don't want to listen to it because that's what we live with nowadays.

"I think it's a call for people to decrease the demise in community and rejoin. We've become weaker and weaker because we're separated by various different controlling things."

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Admitting that she almost wore a "F**k the Tories" necklace to the ceremony, which took place at London's Roundhouse, she said she isn't a fan of current PM Theresa May and would prefer the Capital's Mayor Sadiq Khan were in charge, adding: "I want him to be Prime Minister of the whole country.

"I love that [Theresa May] is a woman [in power] but I don't like her party. I don't like women fighting against women in general... I'll just never be a Tory."

Paloma has enlisted some very opinionated contributors to her new album, which is out on November 17, including Samuel L Jackson and political commentator Owen Jones. 

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Asked if there were any laws she'd like to change, she said: "I think people should be able to smoke weed. Just grow in the garden and then it's not laced with anything."

This year's Q Awards saw Liam Gallagher pick up two awards, for Best Live Act and the Icon award, while Ed Sheeran on the Best Act In The World Today prize. See the full list of winners below: 

Q Best Breakthrough Act Presented by Red Stripe - Rag’n’Bone Man
Q Best Live Act Presented by The Cavern Club - Liam Gallagher
Q Maverick Presented by the Roundhouse - Viv Albertine
Q Innovation In Sound Presented by Flare Audio - Wiley
Q Best Film Presented by Pretty Green - Bunch Of Kunst (Sleaford Mods)
Q Best Track Presented by Flare Audio – Kasabian - You're In Love With A Psycho
Q Inspiration Award Presented by Three – Manic Street Preachers
Q Best Album Presented by The Box Plus Network - Gorillaz – Humanz
Q Best Solo Artist Presented by Help Musicians UK – Stormzy
Q Gibson Les Paul Award – Kelley Deal
Q Best Act In The World Today Presented by Buster + Punch – Ed Sheeran
Q Icon presented by BMW UK – Liam Gallagher