LONDON — Labor MP Rosena Allin-Khan has found herself with a very different whipping arrangement after securing financial backing from Fifty Shades of Gray author EL James.
The British novelist – whose erotic thrillers have sold millions – provided the £5,000 fund to Allin-Khan in May under her real name, Erika Mitchell.
Money from James, known for taking the literary world by storm with her stories of a BDSM-obsessed billionaire, will be used to help the shadow mental health minister fund a political adviser in her office. The donation appears in MP’s latest register of financial interests, and POLITICO has confirmed that it is indeed the same Erika Martin.
The Fifty Shades trilogy, which turned into a series of blockbuster films, helped make James a multi-millionaire, although he was sometimes mocked for his tantalizing sexual escapades – including the peeled ginger root inserted into various orifices – and its tortured metaphors.
“I feel the color in my cheeks rising again. I must be the color of the Communist Manifesto,” reads one politically dubious excerpt.
While James has kept her political allegiances largely quiet, she recently told the New Statesman that reversing Brexit was the only thing that would improve her life and has been a strong supporter of the National Health Service. Allin-Khan worked as a junior accident and emergency physician.
James is one of several private donors who have recently handed over money to boost the staff budgets of shadow ministers.
The fundraiser for Allin-Khan comes after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak admitted his own penchant for raunchy prose, saying in May that he was “really interested” in the works of Jilly Cooper.
Sunak said he enjoys the “escapism” of the novels which detail a series of vigorous encounters in the horse riding world.
CORRECTION: This article has been updated to correct an error in EL James’ real name.