Eddie Izzard has launched a campaign to be elected as the Labour MP for a Sheffield constituency.
The comedian, 60, announced her intention to join the race to become the party’s candidate for Sheffield Central on Tuesday.
It comes after the constituency’s incumbent Labour MP Paul Blomfield announced in February that he was standing down at the next general election.
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Izzard has many connections to Sheffield as the city where she studied accounting, launched her creative career, ran through the city as part of her 43 marathons for Sport Relief and campaigned against the closure of the Leadmill music venue.
In a message on her campaign website, Izzard wrote that she wanted to “support the city that has supported me” as well as “take the fight to the Tories and get Keir Starmer into No 10”.