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Benefits Street star White Dee Kelly is to speak at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham next month.
She has been signed up to speak on the future of welfare reform at a fringe event organised by think-tank Policy Exchange.
The TV company which made 'Benefits Street' in Birmingham has been speaking to residents about returning to the area.
A representative from Love Productions emailed a local councillor saying:
"We have been talking to some residents of James Turner Street about possibly doing some more filming.
“However, nothing at this stage is confirmed.”
The email has led to families who live on the street in Winson Green to organise an emergency meeting.
Emma Johnson, principal of Oasis Academy Foundry, the school in James Turner Street, said: “We’ve had enough of lights, camera, action.”
Channel 4, which screened Benefits Street, yesterday insisted there were no plans to return to Winson Green for a second series.
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This is a formal complaint about the very serious impact of the programmes on the students.
We have grave concerns about both the immediate and longer term impact of these ill-considered programmes on our whole Academy community, as well as individual students in our care.
These matters have caused unnecessary distress or anxiety to our whole student community.
It is impossible to measure, at this stage, the ongoing negative, longer term implications for both the physical and emotional welfare and dignity of our pupils.
Our purpose in writing such a letter is to protect other communities from such intrusive and irresponsible filming in the future.
A formal complaint has been made to TV watchdog, Ofcom, by the man in charge of a school on 'Benefits Street'.
Reverend Steve Clarke, executive chairman of the Oasis Academy Foundry on James Turner Street, claims children are being jeered at by 'tourists' during playtime.
He believes programmes like 'Benefits Street' are 'irresponsible' and impact upon the 'dignity' of the school's students.
Residents of 'Benefits Street' will be given the chance to respond to critics in a follow-up documentary to the series which was set in Birmingham.
The show followed people living on benefits in Birmingham's James Turner Street over a 12 month period and attracted widespread media attention. It also prompted debate in parliament over welfare dependancy.
The one-off documentary, 'Benefits Street: The Last Word', will feature regulars from the show, who will discuss their experience of living on benefits and the reaction to the series.
A Channel 4 spokesman said a live debate which aims to "shine a spotlight on the range of issues brought to the fore by Benefits Street" will follow the documentary.
The street sign on James Turner Street, where the Channel 4 series 'Benefits Street' has been filmed, has gone missing.
One of the stars of controversial reality TV show Benefits Street says she will run for Parliament as an independent candidate after a "patronising" response from a sitting MP.
Deirdre Kelly, also known as "White Dee", shot to fame on Channel 4's Benefits Street which followed a series of people living on social security in James Turner Street in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.
Writing in this week's Spectator, she said she was inspired when her daughter showed her a newspaper article where her chances of political success were written off.
She said: "The fuss about Benefits Street means Ladbrokes has made me 50-1 to be the next MP for Birmingham Ladywood, and until I read that patronising nonsense I wasn't going to stand. Now, I think I will."
Channel 4 has announced plans for a new series of the hit show but it will not be filmed in Birmingham.