MailOnline snaps up controversial former Sun columnist Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins has joined the MailOnline as a columnist after a two year stint writing for The Sun.

To combat the publication’s four per cent print circulation slump, the Mail will feature the divisive columnist’s work from 1 November.

Hopkins whose contract with the Sun expired before the move, was earlier this year likened to a Nazi by UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein for her infamous gunboats article comparing migrants to ‘cockroaches’ in the publication.

Martin Clarke, publisher and editor-in-chief MailOnline, said: “At MailOnline we operate without fear or favour and this is something that Katie is known the world over for.

“Katie’s column is a must read for people across Britain and around the globe. Even if you don’t agree with what she says, she certainly knows how to engage and entertain an audience.”

On her appointment Hopkins added: "I’m delighted to be joining MailOnline... I can now write columns that immediately respond to the news of the day."

Hopkins announced the move on Twitter.

A Sun spokesman told The Drum: "She leaves for the Mail Online with our best wishes.”