Cambridge students’ election poster goes viral

Jack May 18 April 2015

A poster produced by Cambridge Universities Labour Club, featuring Katie Hopkins, has gone viral across the UK.

The campaign poster cites Hopkins's recent claim that she would leave the country if Ed Miliband became Prime Minister.

More than 100 posters are set to be launched across the city and within colleges this week, promising a Labour government would get rid of the bedroom tax, zero hours contracts, unpaid internships, and, crucially, Katie Hopkins.

Hopkins has attracted heavy controversy this week for a column in The Sun in which she claimed she would send gunships to kill migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

Tom Wilson, Campaigns Officer of CULC told The Cambridge Student: "Katie Hopkins has long been a spiteful, divisive figure. This is us having a bit of fun to convey a more important message about the kind of country we want to build."

Owen Jones, Guardian columnist and political campaigner, due to be addressing CULC this Monday commented on Twitter that he was "particularly proud to be joining CULC" for the talk at Trinity College in light of the poster campaign.

However, a second-year student at Caius, who wished to remain anonymous, was more sceptical: "All this poster really shows is that Labour have so few policies worth voting for, and are so lacking a credible plan for this country, that their student frontliners on the ground are relying on personal attacks on random media figures in a desperate grab for votes."

The poster has been popular on Twitter, with journalists for The IndependentAl Jazeera, and other outlets sharing the image with their followers. UK Uncut, the grassroots movement advocating for an alternative to austerity, tweeted: "How ever you're voting (or not) in May #GE2015 Here is one very solid reason to vote Ed #Milliband".

Two other posters will also be on display, one attacking the Liberal Democrats over tuition fees and the other promoting Labour's policy of decarbonisation. It is not yet known whether other student wings of political parties in Cambridge will be launching poster campaigns.