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We always knew the Work and Pensions secretary, Esther McVey, was a bully – this proves it graphically.

Alex Tiffin is an independent journalist who runs the Universal Credit Sufferer blog.

On the morning of November 3, he tweeted an extraordinary announcement about Ms McVey, following research at Companies House.

So Ms McVey is named at Companies House as the secretary of Loyal Scots Company Ltd, a political campaign funding group worth £20 million. She has not notified the House of Commons of this financial interest. As secretary, she should be receiving correspondence to the company from HM Revenue and Customs, and may have broken the law by failing to file legally-required documents.

Note that Mr Tiffin did not write the story – it was written up by Tom D. Rogers and published on Evolve Politics rather than Universal Credit Sufferer.

Ms McVey, however, seems to have taken against him:

The problem is: Mr Tiffin very obviously did check the facts. And he didn’t write the story that caused her to complain, so she can’t use the deadline on his email against him.

While it seems she has got the message and – if the information at Companies House really is false – is taking steps to rectify the matter, why is she trying to shoot the messenger?

Mr Tiffin made many of these points in his response to Ms McVey:

He added, later:

The question about the correspondence sent to Tatton Conservative Club is pertinent. It is inconceivable that an organisation like the Conservative Party would not forward mail to one of its MPs, so one questions what happened to it.

What happened next is deeply sinister.

It seems social media users who support Ms McVey dogpiled Mr Tiffin – verbally responded to his tweets on this subject with abuse in an attempt to intimidate him:

Why would they do that? If he really has uncovered a case of identity theft, then he has done her a favour by exposing it.

If there was nothing in it, then Ms McVey’s behaviour is unaccountable. She is behaving like a woman with something to hide. Why else would anybody attack a person who has revealed the fraudulent use of their name?

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