Benefits Street star in election bid

James Turner Street in Birmingham where Benefits Street was filmed. Credit: PA

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.