In a recent interview with French magazine Télérama, Thom Yorke has claimed that back in 2003, when he was a part of The Big Ask - in association with Friends of the Earth - members of the Labour government tried to pressure him into meeting then-leader, Tony Blair.

"The Sunday Times camped out in front of my parents’ house all day, attempting to get my friends to dish the dirt. Then it got into this big fight with Tony Blair’s advisors and a whole blackmail scenario ensued," said Yorke.

He continued: "We were in the midst of the Iraq War and The Big Ask campaign was proving very successful. So Blair said: ‘‘I should meet this guy’’. Then Blair’s advisors tried to blackmail me, saying: ‘‘if you don’t agree to meet the Prime Minister, Friends of the Earth will be denied all access to him.’’ because of the Iraq war, I didn’t want to do it. I felt it was morally unacceptable for me to be photographed with Blair."

Read the whole interview here. trong>