Elton John distances himself from Ukip after Nigel Farage hints at support

Singer says Ukip leader attended dinner at his home as a guest of Conrad Black, and that he would not be favouring any party

Sir Elton John has taken the unusual step of denying he supports any political party after Nigel Farage hinted that the star could back Ukip.

Farage was swiftly rebuffed by the musician after suggesting in a radio interview that he had a "big announcement" to make after being invited to a recent dinner party at John's house.

The claim prompted the musician's spokesman, Gary Farrow, to deny that the 67-year-old singer-songwriter would be supporting any political party. "Elton will not be favouring any party," he said.

The spokesman also countered Farage's claim that he was invited to the dinner by John and his partner David Furnish, saying the Ukip leader was there as a guest of Lord Black, the former media baron who served three years in a US jail for fraud. He did, however, concede that the pair got on very well.

John's denial was prompted by an interview with Farage on the internet station Fubar Radio when he was asked about reports of the dinner party.

"Maybe I've got a big announcement to make, you never know," Farage teased, before adding: "Like a lot of things I get invited to, a lot of private lunches and dinners and I never ever say a word about them, so how on Earth this has got into the Daily Mail today I do not for the life of me know.

"I was invited by Elton John and David Furnish to their house for a dinner which was held six or seven weeks ago. There were 15 or 20 people there. It was a private dinner but, yeah, we talked about politics and current affairs and all of these things and, yes, actually the press reports were right: I got on very well with Elton John indeed."

Asked by the presenter Jon Gaunt whether John was well versed in politics, Farage said: "I'll tell you what he does understand: as a guy that comes from an ordinary background that the gap in society today between rich and poor is getting wider and wider and wider and that lots of working-class lads with his sort of background are not being given the chance these days to achieve their best. He certainly understands that."

Pressed on whether John understood "the European question", Farage went on: "Oh … I don't want to speak for him, but I think that … you know … the guy makes music, the guy sings, he's brilliantly successful. All I would say is he's no idiot. He knows what's going on in the world."

John's spokesman declined to comment when asked whether the musician's sympathies on Europe lay with Ukip.

In 2008, John and Furnish donated £10,495 each to the Liberal Democrats and they previously backed Brian Paddick, the former Metropolitan police officer who was the party's candidate to be mayor of London that year. He lost to Boris Johnson.

In 2009, John was quoted as telling the Telegraph's diary column: "Gordon Brown is a friend, but neither of us feels able to guarantee him our vote at the election."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Josh Halliday, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 19th August 2014 10.18 Europe/London

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010