Health minister Nadine Dorries, former Tory vice-chair Maria Caulfield and Lucy Allan have made an abortive attempt to discredit Labour leader Keir Starmer by sharing a misleading video created by far-right activists.
They quote-tweeted a video post that claimed to show Starmer explaining “why he didn’t prosecute grooming gangs”, when in fact he was explaining why he implemented reforms as the Director of Public Prosecutions.
A Labour source said: “This is a doctored video tweeted by far-right social media account. As a government minister, we hope Nadine Dorries acknowledges this and takes it down.”
Dorries and Allan have now deleted their posts, while Caulfield has deleted her Twitter account.
But the real question is how the three Tory MPs obtained the video in the first place: the original Twitter user – whose account is now deleted – has previously shared racist content.
The trio’s decision to post this anti-Starmer propaganda has been questioned by many on the social media, who point to the fact that the new Labour leader had just exposed false claims about Covid-19-related deaths in care homes by Boris Johnson:
Tory MPs Nadine Dorries, Maria Caulfield (deleted account) and Lucy Allan, have been exposed for retweeting far-right hate accounts showing doctored footage of Sir Keir Starmer.
This bizarre attack won’t have anything to do with Starmer obliterating the PM yesterday, obviously.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) May 14, 2020
Keir Starmer took less than 30 minutes to call out Boris Johnson for misleading parliament yesterday.
Somehow, Nadine Dorries, Lucy Allen and Maria Caufield thought sharing a potentially libelous clip of him would be a good idea.
— Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) May 14, 2020
Maria Caulfield has deleted her Twitter account.
Nadine Dorries has removed the tweet.
When you try to libel an actual lawyer, its probably not going to end well.@Keir_Starmer Sue the lot of them.
— Dylan B. 🏳️🌈 (@DylanBrownie1) May 14, 2020
From this to this. Total goons. Nadine Dorries and Lucy Allen next up? pic.twitter.com/yyiP13hvcR
— David Wimble (@DaveWimblePhoto) May 14, 2020
How long until Lucy Allan and Nadine Dorries have to type those fateful words….. "Please Retweet" pic.twitter.com/0Ss5HffRiY
— Michael Walker (@michaeljswalker) May 14, 2020
(I think he means they’ll be asking anybody who retweeted their falsehood to retweet their apology.)
Nadine Dorries just proved that the Tory party is indeed still the nasty party. It doesn’t matter what you think of @Keir_Starmer, the video was wrongfully edited and shared to twist the truth. Revealing.
— Dominic Buxton (@MrDominicBuxton) May 14, 2020
Perhaps more revealing is the fact that any reference to the prosecution of child grooming allegations in connection with Boris Johnson brings us back to his own – genuine – remarks, that the investigation into historical allegations of child abuse is “spaffing money up the wall” (an extremely unwise comment when one considers the meaning of the word “spaffing”):
Slide 1: Government minister Nadine Dorries shares doctored video that spreads lies about Keir Starmer (now deleted)
Slide 2: Boris Johnson: Historical Child Abuse Investigation Is "Spaffing Money Up The Wall" pic.twitter.com/QoJTmHzfgk
— Ava-Santina (@AvaSantina) May 14, 2020
So, while we wait for Mad Nad and Loathsome Lucy to delete their accounts, perhaps BoJob would like to explain why he wanted to stop investigations into child sexual abuse?
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