Katie Hopkins - the politician's Apprentice

Bournemouth Echo: EUROPEAN AMBITIONS: Katie Hopkins, who featured in the 2007 series of the hit show EUROPEAN AMBITIONS: Katie Hopkins, who featured in the 2007 series of the hit show

A surprise candidate for next month’s Euro elections is a woman who famously said “no” to Sir Alan Sugar on TV’s The Apprentice.

Katie Hopkins, 32, made a spectacular boardroom exit, witnessed by more than six million viewers, after getting down to the final three in the 2007 series.

The outspoken businesswoman is standing to become an independent MEP in the south-west, lined up against a massive 16 parties, the second largest number in the country after London, which has 19.

Katie, who lives at Exeter, known for her caustic put-downs and no-nonsense attitude, is the only independent in the region in the June 4 election.

She has an equally straightforward approach to politics saying: “What we all need right now is a bit of common sense. Party politics no longer really exists. They all look the same, sound the same and share the same middle ground.”

The mother of two daughters has a five-point Buy British manifesto and knows what it feels like to be in the media spotlight, with a former teenage boyfriend speaking to the press about their relationship at the time of her Apprentice stardom.

“Although many of our politicians seem to have scandal to hide, my personal life is no longer private,” she said. “Quite frankly, all my skeletons left the closet a long time ago. What you see is what you get.”

There are six vacancies to fill, but residents only have one vote, ticking the box for a party or independent on an enormous ballot paper, over half a metre in length.

All 89 candidates have to be listed and a system of proportional representation will weed out the winners.

The count will take place in Poole on June 7, where Borough of Poole’s Paul Morris is regional returning officer.

Parties standing are: British National Party, Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”, Conservative Party, English Democrats Party, Fair Pay Fair Trade Party, Jury Team, Liberal Democrats, Mebyon Kernow – The Party for Cornwall, No2EU:Yes to Democracy, Pensioners Party, Pro Democracy:Libertas.eu, Socialist Labour Party, The Green Party, The Labour Party, United Kingdom Independence Party and WAI D.

European election candidates.pdf

And speaking of the Apprentice, have you seen the Lego version of last week's episode?

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5:36pm Mon 11 May 09

John T says...

But clearly not Independent of the Echo, who see fit to highlight her details, but not those of any of the other 88 candidates.
Perhaps we can rely on the Bush Telegraph for slightly less biased reports!
But clearly not Independent of the Echo, who see fit to highlight her details, but not those of any of the other 88 candidates. Perhaps we can rely on the Bush Telegraph for slightly less biased reports! John T

6:22pm Mon 11 May 09

bournemouthmike says...

Given her view that all married men are fair game I'm not sure I'd want her in an office of responsbility even with the minimal power the euro mps have.
Given her view that all married men are fair game I'm not sure I'd want her in an office of responsbility even with the minimal power the euro mps have. bournemouthmike

10:28pm Mon 11 May 09

Bob49 says...

Her campaign slogan of Buy british might be seen as the simplistic tosh that fringe partys like UKIP and the BNP come out with - safe in the knowledge that there's no real chance of them ever having to carry them out.

But this not the case here. Her Buy British is another bleat to further fill the pockets of the subsidy junky famers. A group of people who would make our MP's look like models of virtue were the spotlight ever to fall on them.

Odd how we are expected to Buy British when it comes to what they produce but as far as farm machinery, personal vehicles and holidays.....schools for their kids and even shopping all that goes out of the window.

Still, she has a pretty face and has been on telly so there'll be plenty who will vote for her on that basis.

They did for Giles Brandreth !
Her campaign slogan of Buy british might be seen as the simplistic tosh that fringe partys like UKIP and the BNP come out with - safe in the knowledge that there's no real chance of them ever having to carry them out. But this not the case here. Her Buy British is another bleat to further fill the pockets of the subsidy junky famers. A group of people who would make our MP's look like models of virtue were the spotlight ever to fall on them. Odd how we are expected to Buy British when it comes to what they produce but as far as farm machinery, personal vehicles and holidays.....schools for their kids and even shopping all that goes out of the window. Still, she has a pretty face and has been on telly so there'll be plenty who will vote for her on that basis. They did for Giles Brandreth ! Bob49

6:12pm Tue 12 May 09

peterdw777 says...

May I take up the Echo on a couple of it's statements? "who famously said “no” to Sir Alan Sugar.
witnessed by more than six million viewers"

Personally I had never heard of her nor the program, and as the current population of the UK is about 60 million, 6 million viewers is only 10% of the population!
May I take up the Echo on a couple of it's statements? "who famously said “no” to Sir Alan Sugar. witnessed by more than six million viewers" Personally I had never heard of her nor the program, and as the current population of the UK is about 60 million, 6 million viewers is only 10% of the population! peterdw777

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