Did Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom retweet a message claiming the UK was “overrun by foreigners”?
Her team claims she didn’t — but their version of events doesn’t stack up.
The retweet was highlighted by Guardian journalist Claire Phipps, and was alleged to have appeared during the EU Referendum campaign just few weeks ago:
Prominent Leave campaigner Andrea Leadsom RTing tweet about "country overrun by foreigners" pic.twitter.com/2jsdchuYEw
— Claire Phipps (@Claire_Phipps) June 20, 2016
When asked about it, Leadsom’s campaign team told the Huffington Post last night:
“We have conducted a detailed investigation into the circumstances of this tweet. Andrea Leadsom did not retweet the message from @QueenBritain beginning ‘I really doubt’.
“It appears that the message in question never existed, but was fabricated in some way. We are continuing to investigate how the impression was created that Andrea retweeted this message. We will not speculate about those circumstances.
But the tweet in question was not fabricated.
In fact, the account that sent out the tweet — @queenBriton — has now been deactivated, which is why the original tweet is no longer visible.
Others highlighted the retweet by Andrea Leadsom around the same time too, and even linked to the original message:
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) June 20, 2016
Furthermore, two websites that track tweets deleted by MPs have evidence that contradicts Leadsom.
Politwhoops says Leadsom’s twitter account deleted it five days ago.
We look forward to Leadsom explaining this.