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.
One of the stars of "Benefits Street" has invited Nick Clegg to the Birmingham road where the programme is filmed, saying residents would love him to pay a visit.
Deirdre Kelly, known on the programme as White Dee, told the Deputy Prime Minister on his weekly LBC 97.3 show he would be "very welcome."
"He would see a very clean street, he would see people getting together helping each other, people not scrounging, not lying around, children at school, so he'd have to come after school finishes."
Mr. Clegg admitted he had not yet seen the programme.
Mr Clegg, asked if he would take up the invitation to James Turner Street in Winson Green, said: "I'd love to meet Dee, but I'm not on-air going to make promises that I'm going to turn up on your street Dee."
A pharmaceuticals company in Nottingham says it has created 30 new jobs as a result of the Government's Regional Growth Fund (RGF).
Molecular Profiles won a £1.6m grant in the first allocation of the Growth Fund in 2010, the money was used to build new research and development facilities.
Chief Executive Nikin Patel says the total number of new jobs created could be as many as 60 by the time the project is finished.
The list of companies receiving money in the fourth and final round of RGF awards has been announced today. Responding the criticism of the scheme, Mr Patel said:
"More recently we've had bad news stories with the likes of AstraZeneca closing their plant in Loughborough and other pharmaceutical companies downsizing in the region, so there was a threat of a significant loss of good talent to the region.
"Companies are growing, are creating jobs so to support companies like this is very important."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the Regional Growth Fund is "all about" creating jobs.
Since 2010, the Coalition Government has created 1.3 million jobs in the private sector, he added.
The Regional Growth Fund is exactly what this country needs to go for growth - from family-run Cartwright Group in Manchester who are now expanding to create 300 jobs and train up to 30 apprentices every year for the next three years, to Toyota who will use the money to help increase their ability to develop and produce new generations of Toyota cars right here in the UK, securing jobs and creating opportunities for the future.