JK Rowling backs Labour with whopping £1m donation
JK Rowling has made a very public show of support for the Labour party by donating £1 million.
The Harry Potter author, now dubbed the Minister For Magic, has reportedly made the contribution in response to her frustration at David Cameron’s plans to give tax breaks to married couples.
After weeks of having little to smile about, Rowling’s generous endowment should come as a welcome relief to Gordon Brown, whose party is reportedly hindered by £17.8 million worth of debts.
The multi-millionaire writer, whose fortune is estimated at £560 million and is a friend of the Prime Minister and his wife, Sarah, explained her decision in a statement saying: ‘I believe that poor and vulnerable families will fare much better under the Labour Party than they would under a Cameron-led Conservative party.’
She added: ‘Gordon Brown has consistently prioritised and introduced measures that will save as many children as possible from a life lacking in opportunity or choice.’
Rowling made a pertinent reference about her own set-up as a single parent explaining: ‘David Cameron’s promise of tax perks for the married, on the other hand, is reminiscent of the Conservative government I experienced as a lone parent.
‘It sends the message that the Conservatives still believe a childless, dual-income, but married couple is more deserving of a financial pat on the head than those struggling, as I once was, to keep their families afloat in difficult times.’
Mr Brown was clearly delighted by the large sum and effused as he accepted the donation: ‘I am delighted that JK Rowling, who is one of the world’s greatest ever authors, has made such a generous donation. I thank her for supporting the Labour Party and our values of social justice and opportunity for all.’
It is the first time Rowling has donated to the party but despite the author’s new nickname as Minister for Magic and Spells, her likelihood of joining the Labour party still looks slim; William Hill placed her odds at 10,000/1…