Labour’s spokesperson on culture has said that the death of English television presenter Caroline Flack “should be a wake-up call” for the government led by Boris Johnson.
Commenting ahead of a tribute to Flack being shown on ITV2’s Love Island programme tonight, Labour frontbencher Tracy Brabin highlighted the importance of Leveson Inquiry part two.
“Caroline Flack was relentlessly trolled online, but this trolling was amplified and legitimised by the mainstream press and they should not be allowed to dodge their share of the blame,” Brabin said.
“We urgently need new laws to curb abuse and ensure vulnerable people are safe online – and we need to hold the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry to protect victims of press abuse and intrusion.
Brain concluded: “The current system simply isn’t working. This tragic death should be a wake-up call for a government that has failed victims by refusing to act.”