Defamation claim filed by activist Jack Monroe over MP comments

Having been successful for a similar claim in the past, food writer and activist Jack Monroe has filed a libel claim in the UK after Conservative MP Lee Anderson made comments about her in an interview.

The interview was with deputy leader of the Reclaim Party, Martin Daubney, who posted a clip of what was discussed on social media.

Within the clip, the two gentlemen were discussing Monroe. Within the discussion, Daubney refers to Monroe as the “self-appointed representative of the impoverished”, adding she has “sold loads of books. Done quite well out of it. No doubt, probably earns more than the prime minister”.

Anderson responds by stating: “She’s taking money off some of the most vulnerable people in society and making an absolute fortune on [sic] the back of people.”

This follows from previous comments from Anderson who made a comment in the Commons that food banks were unnecessary, which sparked outrage.

On becoming aware of the clip, Monroe requested that the interview video is to be taken down and an apology issued. This was ignored and by the end of the day, had been viewed more than 800,000 times.

This has led to the claim being filed. There has been no comment about the application at the moment. Keep your eyes on the reading room for further updates.

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