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Stormzy praised by Catholic MP following Brit Awards performance

Stormzy has been praised in the Commons by a Catholic MP for speaking about the importance of mental health after his ‘tour de force’ performance at the Brit Awards.

The Christian rapper and grime artist, won two of the top gongs at the ceremony and thanked God in his acceptance speech, was congratulated by shadow Commons leader Valerie Vaz.

Speaking during Business questions in the Commons, Ms Vaz said Stormzy “encouraged everyone to vote, pray and speak out about mental health issues”.

“He won the best album and the best male artist: Stormzy, congratulations.”

Meanwhile the SNP’s Pete Wishart – former keyboard player of Scottish Celtic rock band Runrig – said it was “great” that artists were reminding the Government to “do the right thing”.

In his politically charged Brits performance seen by millions of TV viewers, Stormzy questioned the Prime Minister directly, singing: “Yo Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?”

It is understood Mrs May did not watch the televised ceremony and in response, Downing Street insisted that Mrs May is ‘absolutely committed’ to supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Mrs May’s spokesman said he was “not aware of any plans” for the Prime Minister to contact Stormzy to discuss his concerns about the response to last June’s tragedy which killed 71 people in west London.

Rapping bare-chested in an artificial rainstorm in the show’s final performance, Stormzy sang: “What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals, and you’ve got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, you should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.”

Mrs May’s spokesman said the Government had so far committed £58.9 million to deal with the aftermath of the tower block blaze.

Picture: Stormzy with his British Album of the Year and British Male Solo Artist awards in the press room during the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. (Ian West/PA).