Tough Esther to stand for Parliament in Luton South

Hampstead s Esther Rantzen has confirmed she will run for Parliament at the next general election, expected to be held next year. The television presenter and founder of ChildLine will try to win the Luton South seat, following revelations about the outgo

Hampstead's Esther Rantzen has confirmed she will run for Parliament at the next general election, expected to be held next year.

The television presenter and founder of ChildLine will try to win the Luton South seat, following revelations about the outgoing Labour MP Margaret Moran's expenses claims.

At the Heath and Hampstead Society's annual general meeting last month Ms Rantzen said her eyeballs turned red with rage when she read Ms Moran had spent �22,500 of taxpayers' money on treating dry rot at her second home.

Despite warnings from people including Robert Kilroy-Silk that she would be mad to run for Parliament, she has not been dissuaded.

Confirming her decision today she said she is old enough, ugly enough and tough enough to stand a bit of humiliation should she lose.

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