Katie Hopkins back in UK after being deported from Australia for mocking Covid rules

Controversial commentator Katie Hopkins has returned to Britain after being deported from Australia.

Ms Hopkins, 46, had gone to Australia to appear in its Celebrity Big Brother.

However, during her hotel quarantine she took to social media to mock the country and its Covid-19 rules.

She called the lockdowns the “greatest hoax in human history”.

The Australian Government withdrew her visa and fined Ms Hopkins £536 for breaching mask wearing rules.

On arriving at Heathrow, she told photographers “it’s nice not to wear a mask again”.

She then jumped into a waiting black Mercedes and drove off.

Her troubles in Australia started after she posted a video in which she told how she would “lie in wait” for hotel staff to deliver food to her hotel room.

She would open the door “naked with no face mask”.

Sydney and Melbourne are currently both in lockdown.

Following a public outcry about her behaviour the Australian cancelled her visa.

She was promptly sacked from the reality show.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said Ms Hopkins’ comments were “appalling” and a “slap in the face” for Australians in lockdown.

She added:

“We will be getting her out of the country as soon as we can possible arrange that.

“Personally, I’m very pleased she’ll be leaving.”

Ms Hopkins claimed she was “just joking”.

Last year Ms Hopkins was banned from Twitter after a string of offensive comments.

She has called migrants “cockroaches” and described Islam as “repugnant”.


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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