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Jack Monroe announces they will stand for parliament in the general election

Josh Jackman April 20, 2017
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Jack Monroe has announced that they will put their name forward to be a candidate for MP in the 2017 general election.

The award-winning author and journalist, who successfully sued Katie Hopkins for libel last month, told their fans on Twitter after a series of posts in which they explained their knowledge of politics.

“I started writing political articles in 2012,” they wrote. “Cookbook in 2014. I’m always ‘in the kitchen’ but I earned my political stripes, fu****s.

“I know having a working class tattooed sweary prick with 4 1/2 GCSEs talking about the economy unsettles some of you. So I’m gonna carry on.

“And what do I know about politics? I know what it’s like to be evicted when your housing benefit is late. I know what it’s like to starve.”

They carried on defending themselves from accusations that their campaign is a publicity stunt with anecdotes from their life.

“And what do I know about politics? I know what it’s like to be evicted when your housing benefit is late. I know what it’s like to starve.”

“I know what it is to sit through every local council meeting, desperately trying to understand how people could casually decimate lives,” they added.

Monroe, who identifies as gender non-binary and uses the prefix Mx, tweeted on Tuesday that they “remain a Labour member”.

However, they have not yet clarified if Labour will be the party they stand for.

The author, who lives in Southend, has also not said in which constituency they will be attempting to become a candidate.

They have readily admitted they have “misgivings” about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, which are clear to anyone who reads their Twitter feed.

In recent days, they have also criticised Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, who has said being gay is not a sin, but has not as yet answered whether having gay sex is a sin.

And the Conservative Party has long come under fire from the food blogger.

The journalist was awarded £24,000 by the court over Hopkins’ libellous tweets – £16,000 for the first, and £8,000 for the second.

After Theresa May’s announcement of a snap election, Monroe created a 61-track “#GeneralElection2017 playlist including Send In The Clowns, It’s The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), and Red Lights.

Related topics: Conservative, general election, General Election 2017, general election 2017, jack monroe, katie hopkins, Labour party, Liberal Democrats, Politics, southend

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