Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters”

There are reports this morning that the Conservative party used private investigators, like Glen Mulcaire, to delve into the personal lives of their own supporters.

There are reports this morning that the Conservative party used private investigators, like the infamous phone hacking PI Glen Mulcaire, to delve into the personal lives of their own supporters.

The Mirror reveals:

They used a private investigation firm to delve into the personal lives of those sounded out for the “I have never voted Conservative before but…” campaign. At least three people were later rejected.

One was reportedly turned down because he had had an affair and another because of links to a ­controversial political movement.

The Tories claim the checks were legally done by a “reputable” firm and “with the full ­knowledge and consent of the person involved”. But one of them told the Mirror she was “astonished” that the party “knew everything” about her.

This latest story comes amidst the re-emergence onto the front pages of the News International phone hacking scandal, following the news yesterday that Sara Payne, mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne, may have had her phone hacked.

The phone in question was given to her by the News of the World, further ratcheting up the pressure on disgraced former-NotW editor Rebekah Brooks, who had wormed her way into Sara’s life and told her she was her friend, even getting her to write a glowing article about the rag in the final edition of the tabloid.

Elsewhere, the culture, media and sport select committee are meeting this morning to decide on whether to recall James Murdoch after his evidence to the committee was disputed, in particular his “I knew noooooothing” charade about the £700,000 and £1 million hush money payoffs to phone hack victims Gordon Taylor and Max Clifford.

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31 Responses to “Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters””

  1. Shamik Das

    Quite incredible RT @leftfootfwd: Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters”: http://bit.ly/qRD3BW reports @ShamikDas

  2. Jamie Milne

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  3. bob woods

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  4. Liza Harding

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  5. w.m o'mara

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  6. Michael

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  7. Michael Bater

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  8. manishta sunnia

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters” http://t.co/zi47D8S #tories #ukgovt #toryfail

  9. Ramon Jorron Corria

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters” http://t.co/bWfNCvz

  10. Matthew Bennett

    Quite incredible RT @leftfootfwd: Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters”: http://bit.ly/qRD3BW reports @ShamikDas

  11. Debbie Jolly

    Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters”: http://bit.ly/qRD3BW reports @ShamikDas

  12. MyDavidCameron

    More on the Tory poster spies: Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters” http://bit.ly/qRD3BW reports @ShamikDas at @leftfootfwd

  13. DPWF

    More on the Tory poster spies: Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters” http://bit.ly/qRD3BW reports @ShamikDas at @leftfootfwd

  14. Claire Butler

    More on the Tory poster spies: Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters” http://bit.ly/qRD3BW reports @ShamikDas at @leftfootfwd

  15. Len Arthur

    Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters”: http://bit.ly/qRD3BW reports @ShamikDas

  16. Simon Watkins

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters” http://t.co/oHePlqv

  17. Selohesra

    How does spying compare to stabbing your brother in the back in the big scheme of things?

  18. Mags W

    RT @leftfootfwd Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters”: http://t.co/0TrruvC reports @ShamikDas < wonder who gave them that idea??

  19. Alfred Camp

    @leTories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters”: http://t.co/P57rm9w

  20. Gideon Osborne

    RT @leftfootfwd Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters”: http://t.co/0TrruvC reports @ShamikDas < wonder who gave them that idea??

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  22. Fabian Vanham

    Hilarious, if completely predictable. Attacking Ed Miliband as if this has any relevance to the issue raised in the article. And yes- this is much worse than running against your brother for the leadership of a political party.

  23. Selohesra

    Thanks – glad you found it funny. I’ve never claimed to be original though – unlike the plagiarist Hari 🙂

  24. Fabian Vanham

    imitation is often what makes something funny- it’s why sitcoms and stand-up comics exist.

  25. Iwan Lloyd Jones

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters” http://t.co/suB3EeZ

  26. consumer

    http://t.co/EG8AbNs good to know #tories learned something from #coulson. #hackgate

  27. Gracie

    @ Selohesra – what on earth has this to do with the labour leadership election?

    The Tories claim the checks were legally done by a “reputable” firm and “with the full ­knowledge and consent of the person involved”.

    Then why not just ask the person involved? Hiring a private investigator to delve into the past of people you are asking to help out is disgusting, if it required this level of intrusion then the whole campaign should have been dropped.

  28. Leon Wolfson

    @5 – Er, because people lie? No, you do need to do background checks. I think chasing this is a mistake, if people have agreed to them.

  29. Dave

    A shame they didn’t show such diligence when appointing Andy Coulson or David Laws. But then they just worked in Downing St, rather than appearing on a poster.

  30. Jill

    The vetting procedure Cameron used on Coulson? Tories used PIs “to spy on their own supporters” http://t.co/VBSSgDPd #hackgate

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