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.”
Source: Stella Creasy crushes story about protest outside her house | Media | The Guardian
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One in the eye for the Beeb
At least she has had the decency to crush this story, where several other Labour war sympathisers would have relished in furthering them in their own interests. It just goes to show that, although the MSM rubbish online comment, they are quick to use it if a post suits their purpose.
I like Stella (she was my first choice for deputy leader) I hope she remains as a MP – I don’t agree with her views on the Syria war, but her fight against payday loan companies is admirable. And her exchange with Toby Young was hysterical.