POP stars joined performing arts students, and politicians, to record a special charity song in memory of MP Jo Cox.

Youngsters - from the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries - teamed up with singer KT Tunstall, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson and the Parliamentary Choir.

The group recorded a version of the Rolling Stones hit You Can’t Always Get What You Want during a session at the Backstage Centre, Purfleet, yesterday.

A group of 20 MPs from across the political spectrum, including Thurrock’s Jackie Doyle-Price, members of parliamentary rock group MP4 and the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus also feature on the track.

Labour MP Mrs Cox, a mother of two, was killed outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, in front of her staff and residents on June 16 this year.

Proceeds from the song will go to the Jo Cox Foundation, a charity raising funds for causes close to the late MP.

The project is being led by Robin Millar, one of Britain’s most successful ever record producers.

Jane Button, 44, principal at the Purfleet college, said it is a great honour to be involved.

She added: “By supporting the foundation, we are sending out a clear message to our students about how important it is to work for charity and help others outside of our communities.

“It also helps with the students’ development, not only as people but, as professionals.

“They have had an insight into working in the entertainment business, as they have been working with film crews, and other professions, it’s been brilliant.”

Pauline Tambling, chief executive officer at the college, said the spontaneous project and challenge is great experience for the college students.

She added: “When we were approached about taking part in the charity song we were surprised.

“We have been building the centre since 2007 and it is starting to feel like a place where it is all happening and that people want to be.

“It is great to be given such an opportunity, and the students have reacted really well, even though it was quite short notice.”

Scottish singer KT Tunstall, who has recorded four UK top ten albums, was among the famous names supporting the project.

She said: “You only have to look at a picture of Jo to know that she was obviously passionate about helping people.

“I wish I had met her as I think I would have loved her.

“Sometimes we forget about how good it makes us feel to help people, and there is not enough of that in politics today.

“I was approached by the foundation to help raise money for the charity.

“I know that when she died she wanted two things, that her children were bathed in love and that her passions, helping people, were kept alive. I am happy to help galvanise her passions by helping with this song.”