Eddie Izzard is a famous comedian and actor who has made clear her ambitions to become a member of parliament one day. Earlier this month the comedian showed support for the save the Leadmill campaign by performing a couple of special shows at the iconic Sheffield venue.
While in the city, Izzard also took use of the opportunity to campaign alongside Labour councillors and candidates. On Saturday, she was out canvassing in Walkley with the party’s South Yorkshire mayoral candidate Oliver Coppard and council candidate Tom Hunt.
The comedian is set to perform at Sheffield City Hall this Wednesday and is donating profits for the gig to food banks in the area.
It’s understood she joined campaigners again today in Broomhill, where Alison Norris is vying to become a councillor.
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.
The Star reports that one political insider, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Eddie’s interested in becoming an MP and her renewed interest in the city might not be unconnected with that, but I’m sure she will be looking at other seats around the country too.”
Another said: “I hear she’s very interested in running for Sheffield Central. That’s clearly why she’s here. But it’s quite a dream of a seat and I imagine lots of people will put their name forward.”
Eddie Izzard has made no secret of her desire to run for office. Speaking 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.”
She has a long-standing connection with Sheffield having received an honorary degree from Sheffield University in 2006 and was named honorary president of the Sheffield Students’ Union in 2010.
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