Gary Glitter is releasing a new single in time for the Christmas number 1 battle.

The song, a cover version of “In the Brownies” is Glitter’s first new material for 3 decades.

A spokesman said, “This song is very close to Gary’s heart. Something in it really speaks to him and he wants to share that. It’s almost biographical for him.”

The song will be released on December 10th. A special video has been shot for it.

Video director Bill Board told us, “Gary had a very specific idea of the theme he wanted for the video. He wanted it to be quite contemporary but reflect where he is as a person. That’s why the theme is prison. It made filming easy as Gary was already there. We’ve gone for a Drill vibe with references to Monster’s Ball.”

We hit the streets of Rochdale to gauge how people felt about the song. One person told us, “He’s such a talented person. I’ll probably buy it. I remember cheering for him during Italia ’90 and I liked him on ‘They think it’s all over’. I just wish he’d patch things up with Piers Morgan.”

Another member of the public told us, “I’ll not buy it. It’s nonce sense. NONCE SENSE.”

It remains to be seen whether the single will make it to Christmas number 1. It’ll be up against stiff competition from the X Factor.

Meanwhile, the Home Office has refused to comment  about how appropriate it is. There are rumours that Rose West intends to release a version of, ‘There’s no one quite like Grandma’.

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