Phillips deletes tweet about buying house at 20 – she told FT she was in ‘squat’ at 22

Right-wing MP has previously claimed to have knocked on 25,000 doors in a 6-week election campaign and claims to be working-class despite being brought up by an NHS exec with private health interests

Right-wing Labour MP Jess Phillips has deleted a tweet in which she said she bought her first home at the age of twenty and described how it changed her and her children’s ‘fortune’:

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Phillips has previously told the Financial Times, presumably in an oddly-placed effort to boost her working-class credentials, that at age 22 she was living in a ‘squat’:

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Phillips has made other claims that have been queried. In 2019, she said that in the 2017 general election she knocked on 25,000 doors – a rate of almost 600 doors a day in the six-week campaign, one every minute assuming a ten-hour day and no breaks.

Phillips has also attempted to pose as a working-class MP. However, her mother was an NHS Trust chair and deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation – and both her parents ran Healthlinks Event Management Services, a now-defunct private company that appears to have organised events for health organisations and providers, where Phillips worked for a time before becoming an MP.

Ms Phillips was contacted for comment but had not responded by the time of publication. Her father has, however, previously defended her posture by writing about his and his wife’s working-class upbringing.

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