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Jack Monroe thanked Katie Hopkins for funding their election campaign

Meka Beresford April 30, 2017

Jack Monroe

Jack Monroe has thanked Katie Hopkins for funding their election campaign ahead of the UK snap election set to behold in June.

Award-winning author Monroe announced that they would be running for the Southend West constituency and would be standing for the National Health Action (NHA) party.

The NHA stands to restore full public ownership of the NHS, priorities mental health issues and prevent any unnecessary hospital closures and funding cuts.

In a series of tweets, Monroe announced their intention to run and 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 pr*ck 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.”

Since the announcement, a number of people asked how Monroe intends to fund their campaign and they had just one person to thank – Katie Hopkins.

Monroe quipped that the money they won from a libel case against Katie Hopkins would go directly towards their funding.

“You should be directing your glee to my campaign sponsor, Katie,” Monroe wrote.

“Nothing feels more right than using money earned through division and hate, to instead promote unity, community and care.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you Katie for your generous – if unwitting – contribution to saving the National Health Service,” Monroe added.

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.

More: court case, general election, General Election 2017, jack monroe, katie hopkins, libel, Politics, UK

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