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General political discussion Part II
« on: August 14, 2019, 02:26:02 PM »
I hope the mods don't mind me creating this, but I feel it would be useful to have a place again for news/topics that don't quite fit into the other existing and active threads. I'm fine with this being merged with the original general political discussion thread, if and when that is unlocked.

Jared O'Mara: MP's office investigated over security failure

Allegations of a security failure at MP Jared O'Mara's office are being investigated by the House of Commons.

The BBC has learned the Sheffield Hallam MP's chief of staff, Gareth Arnold, was not vetted by Parliament.

Mr Arnold, who is running the MP's office in his absence, had access to sensitive casework and the MP's email account on the parliamentary network.

The House of Commons said it had taken steps to "prevent unauthorised access to Mr O'Mara's parliamentary account".

During an investigation by BBC podcast, The Next Episode, Mr Arnold, 26, said: "I am running a constituency office on behalf of an MP without the required security clearance from the parliamentary authorities. It's crazy isn't it?"

Mr O'Mara has said he is "taking time out" to deal with his "mental health and personal issues" after it emerged he sent sexually inappropriate messages to a female employee.
 
The BBC also found constituents were being blocked on Twitter by Mr Arnold, who sent antagonistic responses and memes to their queries.

Others say casework was not being dealt with, which Mr Arnold denies.

He said: "People have joked to me that I was basically the MP for Sheffield Hallam… that horrified me".

Since the BBC published the podcast, Mr O'Mara's Twitter account and website have been taken down and when the BBC visited his office on Monday morning, no-one was there.

Sinead Parkinson, a founding member of the Hallam Constituents Facebook group, said: "It's positive that Parliament are investigating the breach of security but it does not change the fact that Hallam constituents are still without an MP.

"His staff have evacuated the office, he has taken down his Twitter, and there is no phone or email communication. Action needs to be taken as we have no representation.

"Unless Jared O'Mara resigns we are left in this hopeless situation."

Tom Brake MP, who sits on the House of Commons commission in charge of the administration of the House, told the BBC: "These are disturbing revelations. Whatever pressures MPs' offices are subject to, constituents are entitled to be treated with respect."

In July, Mr O'Mara announced plans to resign from his seat days after Mr Arnold publicly quit his role by posting his resignation statement on Mr O'Mara's Twitter account.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-49325898

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Re: General political discussion Part II
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 02:29:15 PM »
Labour MP Naz Shah: Man who sent 'violent threats' and 'racist taunts' jailed

An MP feared for her family's safety after being sent an email containing "threats of violence", a court heard.

Stewart Hanson, 57, sent racist and religious taunts to Naz Shah, Labour MP for Bradford West, in October, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

The "vicious" email threatened the MP and her family, causing "alarm, harassment and distress", the CPS said.

Hanson, of The Woodlands in Tranmere, Merseyside, was jailed for 12 weeks at Wirral Magistrates' Court.
 
He earlier pleaded guilty to sending an offensive message by public communication.

Hanson used violent language, made religiously offensive comments, and threatened Ms Shah and her family in the email sent to the MP's work account on 20 October 2018.

He also accused her of anti-Semitism and suggested she had tried to silence the victims of the Rotherham child abuse scandal, the CPS said.

Ms Shah, who is Labour's shadow minister for women and equalities, contacted West Yorkshire Police who traced the emails to Hanson's account, the CPS said.

When Hanson was questioned by police he said he was "ashamed of himself", Alan Currums from the CPS said.

He said District Judge Nick Sanders "pointed out that Ms Shah's constituency is not a million miles away from that of Jo Cox".

He said an MP's public role "should not mean that they are targets of vicious, racist taunts and criticism that goes way beyond fair comment".

Mr Currums said Hanson, who has no previous convictions, has "lost his good name and his freedom" for "a vicious, racist and offensive email that has created fear, alarm and distress. A lesson to anyone who takes to their keyboard to peddle hate".

The judge increased Hanson's jail time from eight to 12 weeks to account for the religious hatred element of the crime.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-49335792

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Re: General political discussion Part II
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 02:43:41 PM »
The O'Mara situation is an absolute fucking scandal. Still haven't seen any demands for a by-election from any Outriders, even though this situation is directly impacting on people's lives...

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Re: General political discussion Part II
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 03:21:22 PM »
The O'Mara situation is an absolute fucking scandal. Still haven't seen any demands for a by-election from any Outriders, even though this situation is directly impacting on people's lives...

Outriders???

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Re: General political discussion Part II
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2019, 12:15:14 PM »
Outriders???

https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/heres-the-woman-behind-britains-most-divisive-twitter

Critics point to Cousins’ tweeting as emblematic of the pro-Corbyn internet’s tendency to swarm, pile on, troll, and blindly defend the Labour leader. There have also been clashes with mainstream journalists who've questioned her tweets.

Last month, Times columnist Hugo Rifkind replied to a Cousins tweet featuring a screenshot of a statement from a Jewish group called “Orthodox Jews of the UK”, defending Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism. Rifkind wrote: “You have literally no idea what you are doing or talking about, do you?” Cousins would later clarify her original tweet, but the exchange did raise questions about where she and other pro-Corbyn accounts were getting their source material.

Asked where she got the statement from, Cousins repeatedly dodged a straight answer. “I'm not going to tell you,” she said. “I'm not going to tell you all my secrets. You don’t need to know, do you?”

“I do get advice from them,” she said. “But that’s the end of that.”

She eventually explained that there are several private Twitter DM groups where discussion goes on “all day”, with new pro-Corbyn lines posted alongside anti-Tory memes — which are often taken and repurposed from Facebook groups.

Asked whether Labour officials were in the groups speaking to the pro-Corbyn accounts, she said “Maybe”, smiling.

And what about Labour MPs?

“Maybe.”


Outriders are the twitter (and Facebook) users who have large followings and circulate the memes and messages that 'the Labour leadership' and those around it want circulating, outside of the mainstream media and (by using Outriders) looking like a large, popular 'movement'.
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Re: General political discussion Part II
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2019, 08:39:58 PM »
Think it was missed a while ago but the canary has massively downscaled as loads of advertisers have binned them as they don’t want anything to do with them, bravo