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Jack Monroe Denies Sainsbury's Has Axed Her Over Comments About David Cameron's Son

25/11/2014 10:16 GMT | Updated 25/11/2014 13:59 GMT

UPDATE: Jack Monroe Blasts Sarah Vine's Daily Mail Column As 'Homophobic, Ignorant Ghastly Lies'

Austerity food blogger Jack Monroe has denied reports she has been ditched by Sainsbury’s after a twitter row which saw her suggest David Cameron “uses stories about his dead son as misty-eyed rhetoric to legitimise selling our NHS.”

Monroe hashtagged her comment #CameronMustGo, a trending topic on Twitter encouraging people to provide reasons as to why the Prime Minister should resign.

Cameron's son Ivan passed away in 2009 as a result of severe epilepsy and cerebral palsy. The PM recently highlighted his personal interest in disability policy during PMQs.

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Jack Monroe has denied Sainsbury's has axed her contract

The mother-of-one, who also writes for the Guardian, quickly became the target of abuse on Twitter (including death threats against her young son). The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that her contract with the supermarket giant would not be renewed.

But when asked if this was the case, Monroe told Huffington Post UK: “They haven’t said anything of the sort to me, no. I think it would be unusual for them to discuss it with a newspaper first...”

Sainsbury’s has refused to comment on the reports, but on Monday it tweeted: “Jack Monroe blogs independently. Sainsbury’s is not a political organisation and we certainly don’t share her views.”

Monroe is understood to be employed on a fixed-term contract to blog for the store and has appeared in adverts for its Value Range.

Following her controversial tweet, several people on twitter called for Sainsbury’s to sever ties with the 26-year-old, branding her a “heartless leftist” and even launching the hashtag #monroemustgo.

Politicians also joined the fray, with Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell telling the Daily Mail: “This is thoroughly unpleasant and distasteful. David and Samantha’s tragic loss of their son has never been used to justify any Government policy.

Monroe released a short statement after being approached at her home by reporters.