A member of the Question Time audience eviscerated UKIP’s panellist over immigration scaremongering — before it was revealed she was a paid Labour staffer.
Amy Rutland, who works for the party as a Regional Policy Co-ordinator, was applauded by the audience for tearing into UKIP’s Eastleigh candidate Diane James on misleading statistics:
“How are four million Bulgarians going to come to our country when they only have a population of seven million?”
She has a point. This is the kind of thing that UKIP see fit to distribute:
But Rutland suffered a backlash from UKIP supporters on Twitter after it emerged she worked for the Labour Party. Question Time is filmed “as live” but is delayed by around an hour.
Before protecting her account, she had tweeted that she had been working with panellist Stephen Twigg earlier in the day and that she had “ripped into” Diane James during filming:
The programme frequently provides a platform for “ordinary members of the public” frequently turn out to be local party activists and councillors.
Good on Rutland for holding UKIP to account — but its wise to draw the line at party staffers when it comes to “placed” questions.