Satire account exposes right-winger’s ‘DM’ threat to spend party members’ money pursuing them
Labour right-winger Wes Streeting – Keir Starmer’s privatisation-friendly front-bench health spokesperson – has been lambasted on social media for threatening a constituent on local election day.
Spoof Twitter account ‘Women4Wes’ – run by an Ilford resident to poke a little fun at their MP – had criticised media hack Suzanne Moore for her anti-trans stance and that was apparently the last straw for Mr Streeting, who ‘direct-messaged’ the account threatening legal action if ‘all references to me and my work’ were not deleted by 8pm this evening.
However, Streeting appeared to be threatening to use Labour members’ money rather than his own to pursue his agenda, as he said he intended to use ‘party lawyers’ to go after the account’s owner, as a ‘Women for Wes’ tweet revealed:
Not just going after, but ‘working around the clock to find out who you are and make you pay’ – all apparently out of Labour members’ subs and donations.
The revelation of the threat provoked anger and derision on the part of a large number of respondents and sharers, of whose comments a tiny selection are shown below:
This is not Wes Streeting’s first instance of threatening behaviour. In 2018, he launched a shouting verbal attack in the face of then-Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott in a Commons corridor that left the black woman MP ‘shell-shocked’ and was described by witnesses as ‘disgusting’ and ‘disgraceful’.
It is not Streeting’s first instance of legal threats, either. After Skwawkbox revealed his behaviour, he threatened legal action against the ‘lies… from [a] fake news site with no sources’. When this site stood its ground, published further witness statements and told him to bring it on, no legal action ever materialised – instead Streeting made a complaint to press regulator IMPRESS. Despite Streeting being online at the time enquiries were sent to him, IMPRESS decided that four hours had not been enough time for him to respond – but did not find any inaccuracies in the article.
When others challenged Streeting in the wake of the Skwawkbox exclusive, he warned some that they would be hunted down, in an echo of his message to the ‘Women4Wes’ account:
The threats do not appear to have been followed through.
Despite Streeting’s record of shouting in the face of a black woman, Keir Starmer – who has his own issues with the Black Lives Matter movement – put Streeting on his front bench and then promoted him to Shadow Health.
The owner of the ‘Women for Wes’ account told Skwawkbox that they have no intention of acceding to Streeting’s threat and confirmed that they are indeed a constituent, adding that Streeting has now blocked them on Twitter.
Wes Streeting was contacted for comment – by text message, so that he cannot complain he was unaware of the publication of this article – about his threat and the spoof account’s response. He had not responded by the time of writing.
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