The politician and the punk

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2011

Here's a gem for mishpachologists: housing minister Grant Shapps and Mick Jones, ex-guitarist of punk band The Clash, are cousins.

Jones was reportedly born to a Russian Jewish mother and lived for a time with her mother Stella in South London before joining the group, whose hits include London Calling and Should I Stay or Should I Go?

"Not sure how Mick feels about having a Tory as a cousin," the minister confided in a recent interview.

Last updated: 12:03pm, April 7 2011