The popular and iconic comedian Eddie Izzard has confirmed she hopes to stand as a Labour candidate in Sheffield at the next general election. It was rumoured earlier this year when she showed support for the Save The Leadmill campaign by performing a couple of special shows.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, the star said she hopes to contest the Sheffield Central seat. Izzard said she “wished to throw my hat in the ring”.
“It’s an amazing seat to be able to stand for, if the people of Sheffield Central wish to have me there I will be there,” she told .
She added: “It’s going to be a big competition to get the Sheffield Central seat.
“Paul has done sterling work, you hear on the doorstep how much he is admired for the hard work he has done.”
“I would love to be here as my whole creative career started from here, all the way to Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and around 45 countries in the world.”
Izzard, who has also featured in Hollywood films, has made no secret of his ambitions campaigning alongside Labour councillors and candidates in Walkley earlier this year.
It’s understood she joined campaigners again earlier this year in Broomhill.
Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield is set to stand down at the next general election and rumours are pointing toward Eddie seeing the opportunity to join Labour’s parliamentary team.
Eddie Izzard has mentioned her desires a few times, back in 2020, she said: “I want to be a Member of Parliament. I was trying to get in at the last election. I absolutely, definitely want to get in at a by-election or at the next general election.”
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