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Poverty campaigner hits back at critics
1:00pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
A POVERTY campaigner and writer says she will not be shaken by attacks on her after she appeared in a party political broadcast.
Jack Monroe was attacked by some commentators after appearing in a broadcast by the Labour Party onWednesday evening.
Ms Monroe, who is also an Echo food columnist, spoke about her experience of living in poverty and struggling to pay her heating bills in the broadcast.
However, she was accused of being one of a number of “phoney”
people used in the broadcast, pretending to be ordinary struggling people.
An article in the Daily Mail attacked her for being a “Guardian journalist” and professional campaigner.
Witham MP Priti Patel was quoted by the newspaper as saying: “Labour’s party political broadcast would be a lot more effective if they used real people rather than their own coterie of left-wing campaigners and champagne socialists.”
But the campaigner, 25, told the Echo: “The broadcast wasn’t saying this is how I live now, it was saying this was my experience.
“Going through that was actually the reason why I became an activist and campaigner in the first place.
“It’s a classic case of attacking the messenger and not talking about the message. Everybody is talking about whether I’ve got tattoos and how much I paid for them rather than about fuel poverty.
“But if the worst thing they can say about me is I’m a campaigner I think I’ll be OK.”
The Southchurch-based writer, who has a recipe book coming out next year, added: “After attacks on prominent women in the media, some of them just want to get away
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