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Katie Hopkins has applied for an insolvency agreement in a last-ditch attempt to avoid bankruptcy after losing a libel case to food writer and poverty campaigner Jack Monroe.

The controversial columnist was ordered to pay Monroe £24,000 in damages and legal costs in March last year after the High Court ruled comments the right-wing commentator made on Twitter were defamatory.

In a May 2015 post, Hopkins appeared to imply Monroe had defaced or vandalised war memorials, which Hopkins later said was a case of mistaken identity and was incorrect. The dispute stems from a series of public Twitter messages exchanged between the pair after a monument to the women of World War II in central London was vandalised with the words “F*ck Tory scum” during an anti-austerity demonstration in Whitehall.

Government documents reveal Hopkins — a former contestant on The Apprentice known for her incendiary, xenophobic, anti-immigrant views — applied for an involuntary solvency agreement in May this year in order to avoid bankruptcy.

An involuntary solvency agreement means the applicant will repay the money over a stint of time — typically a few years.

Hopkins was forced to put her million-pound house in Exeter on the market after losing the case.

A crowdfunding page was set up to purchase the luxurious property and use it as a home for refugees or asylum seekers back in January, but fell short of the amount needed.

“We all know Hopkins’ disgusting views on immigrants and refugees, so the plan my good people, is to buy Katie Hopkins family home and use it to either house refugees or asylum seekers,” read the GoFundMe page.

Hopkins has recently moved further away from the mainstream media. It was announced her contract with the Mail Online “was not renewed by mutual consent” last November. This came months after Hopkins agreed to leave her job as a host on LBC radio in May last year after she tweeted a call for a “final solution” to Islamist terrorism in the wake of the Manchester arena attack.  Read more

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