Reports that demonstrators rallied outside the house of Labour MP Stella Creasy were, it transpires, untrue.
She has issued a statement via her Facebook page in which she wrote: “For avoidance of doubt, I have no reason to believe Tuesday’s protest in Walthamstow went past my house.”
Stories took off following a Facebook posting in which a man who identified himself as Paul S Jakubovic wrote: “Outside Labour MP Stella Creasy’s house in Walthamstow tonight”.
His claim was widely reported on social media and several mainstream outlets that anti-war marchers had gathered outside Creasy’s home. They included the Independent and the Huffington Post, and by broadcasters, including the BBC and LBC.
The Facebook claim, since deleted, also included a photograph. It was falsely said to picture people outside Creasy’s home. In fact, it showed people gathered outside a mosque prior to marching to Creasy’s Walthamstow office.
Labour MP Diane Abbott took the claims seriously enough to tweet sympathetically: “Protesting outside someone’s home is a step too far.”
One of the protest organisers, Sue Wheat, wrote in seeking “to set the record straight” that the inaccurate Jakubovic posting “started off a mass media misinformation story about constituents bullying Stella.”
Creasy, who voted for air strikes on Isis in Syria, backed up Wheat’s version of events that night. She wrote: “I have no reason to think those who took part on Tuesday were not peaceful in their conduct.”
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