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JK Rowling enters British election fray

world Updated: Apr 15, 2010 01:32 IST

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling entered Britain’s election campaign on Wednesday with a scathing attack on the main opposition Conservatives for their social policies.

Rowling, who wrote the first Harry Potter book while living as a single mother on benefits but is now a multimillionaire, suggested Tory leader David Cameron was “completely ignorant” about poor people’s lives.

One of the Conservatives’ manifesto pledges ahead of the May 6 election is a tax break for married couples. It amounts to just 150 pounds a year but Cameron said it was important for the message it sends.

“Nobody who has ever experienced the reality of poverty could say ‘it’s not the money, it’s the message’,” Rowling, a major donor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour party, wrote in The Times newspaper.