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Will Holly Valance be Liz Truss’s secret weapon?

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They say politics is show business for ugly people. But at yesterday’s right-wing rally, one celebrity singer managed to disprove that maxim and truly put the ‘pop’ in ‘PopCon’. For Holly Candy – formerly Holly Valance of Neighbours fame – was among those who rocked up to the shindig, alongside her husband, the billionaire property-developer Nick. Clearly she hasn’t had enough of soap operas…

The Candys were among the crowd gathering to hear the likes of Liz Truss, Jacob Rees-Mogg and red wall Rottweiler Lee Anderson explain just how they can make conservatism popular again. And the actress even gave a short interview to GB News, reflecting on her own political journey:

I would say that everyone starts as a leftie and then wakes up at some point after you start either making money, working, trying to run a business, trying to buy a home, and then realise what crap ideas they all are. And then you go to the right.

Pithy stuff. She went on to praise Truss as ‘Really, really interesting to listen to’ and said ‘the MP for Ashfield [Anderson] was awesome, love a northerner, straight to the point and very sensible.’ However the pop star insisted it should be ‘Jacob for PM’ – a resounding endorsement for the Tory backbencher often known as ‘the honourable member for the eighteenth century.’ Following her praise, Lee Anderson told Steerpike:

Holly has got great taste. It was a pleasure to talk to her and her husband Nick after this brilliant event. Hopefully Holly will come up to Ashfield one day and help me deliver some leaflets.

His constituents probably hope the same. In the never-ending Tory civil war, one Westminster wag suggests to Mr S: ‘Perhaps the One Nation Group should get someone from Home and Away

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