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    David Benedictus is my biological father, and did go to Eton. There’s no mystery about this: it’s in his Who’s Who entry. /1

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    I did not meet him – or even know of his existence – until I was 17. I was raised not knowing I was adopted. /2

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    I was brought up my mother, the daughter of an electrician, and her husband, the son of a plumber, in NZ. /3

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    David met my mother when she was 19 and studying – the first in my family to be educated beyond school – at North London Poly. /4

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    They Knew but barely knew one another. As was then the Etonian way he, through his lawyers, denied paternity and paid my mother £5pw. /5

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    My mother and her later husband met at Teachers’ College in NZ and brought me up until I was 16 then kicked me out. /6

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    I worked as a cleaner of the girls’ secondary school whilst still at the co-ed secondary school to support myself. /7

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    I struggled for money. I could afford only to board with older men, two in succession. Neither's interest in me was purely financial. /8

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    So I have known poverty, and what it means. Katie Hopkins’ ill-informed attack on me is what I would expect from her and the Far Right. /9

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