Angela Rayner has demanded that the Conservative Party launch an investigation into a newsletter circulated by the Wellingborough Conservative Association urging its members to ‘weaponise’ fake news.
In a letter to Amanda Milling, Labour’s deputy leader called on the chair of the Tory Party to condemn the contents of the document – or confirm whether the advice it offers is now official Conservative Party policy.
“The public rightly expect honesty and integrity from political parties, elected politicians, candidates and local party activists,” Rayner said. “A Conservative Party newsletter that encourages members and politicians to openly lie raises serious questions that demand urgent answers.”
The letter from Rayner follows Keir Starmer raising the newsletter, which told Tory members that Donald Trump was successful because he “weaponises fake news”, in the latest Prime Minister’s Questions session this afternoon.
“I for one often wonder where the Prime Minister gets his advice. Well, now I know,” Starmer told parliament today. “My final question to the Prime Minister is this: is he the inspiration for the newsletter, or is he the author?”