Stourbridge’s MP Margot James has used her official Twitter feed to promote an anonymous online troll’s claim that opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has sided with all of Britain’s ‘enemies’ for over 30 years.
Ms James used her official Twitter account as Conservative MP for Stourbridge and Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility to relay the Tweet to her 14,500 Followers.
The original Tweet was posted after the Labour leader met a mother whose son had died in the Iraq war and who wants more support for veterans. The anonymous poster further accused Corbyn of lying about his backing for her cause. No supporting evidence was offered.
The Comrade Skipster account has a long-running timeline that includes repeated attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, including accusations of anti-semitism, bullying and being a ‘terrorist sympathiser’.
The re-Tweet was Ms James’ only outward activity on the social media site on Saturday, August 19.
In the past, Ms James has railed against online haters in politics, particularly against women. In an interview with Attitude magazine, she spoke of a ‘relentless explosion in online abuse directed at female politicians and activists’.
Twitter has recently updated rules for unacceptable behaviour on its social media channel including protection against ‘hateful conduct’. Contraventions can be reported to Twitter for consideration of further action, including account suspension or removal.
As this story was being prepared for publication, the potentially actionable Tweet was still displayed on Ms James’ timeline.
Update at 04-09-17: The offending re-Tweet was taken down from the Stourbridge MP’s Twitter feed without comment on August 24 2017, four days after it was originally published.
A deletion alert (left) was posted by Tweets MPs Delete, the politwoops account that monitors the taking down of MPs Tweets.
Treason, a popular definition: the betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.
In 2016, Margot James broke ranks with most of her Parliamentary colleagues to vote against an investigation into the contrast between Government public statements and private actions in the run up to the Iraq war.
Jeremy Corbyn has historically voted against war during in debates in Parliament, including during the run-up to UK involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq.