Labour denies right-winger Tom Cardwell runs troll account, but he tweeted same message from that account moments after tweeting and deleting it on his own Twitter account
Right-wing Liverpool Labour councillor Tom Cardwell has been outed apparently running a hateful troll account attacking local political opponents. Labour has denied he is behind the account and Cardwell is not answering his phone this morning and has not responded to a text enquiry.
The ‘GorstSpam’ Twitter account was set up to attack Garston councillor Sam Gorst and other Liverpool Community Independent (LCI) councillors and candidates who left Labour over the Labour-run council’s swingeing cuts to services for the most vulnerable – and has put out vile misogynistic and homophobic content.
And Cardwell exposed his link to the account when he tweeted one message pretending to be Gorst, then immediately deleted it and was stupid enough to put the same message out on the ‘Spam’ account moments later:
In fact, Cardwell appears to not be the only Labour right-winger running the account. Skwawkbox understands that a number of the city’s most notoriously odious councillors and their partners and hangers-on have access to post messages from that and other similar troll accounts attacking the independents.
LCI’s Twitter account has noted that the accounts’ output has included truly vile homophobic and misogynistic posts:
A Labour spokesperson doubled down by attacking LCI again in childish terms while denying Cardwell’s involvement.
The troll accounts are entirely in keeping with Labour’s official – though spinelessly near-anonymous – campaign materials in the south Liverpool ward, where Gorst’s hard work as a local councillor clearly has Labour worried. A recent attack leaflet – one that only mentions in the tiny ‘imprint’ text that it’s sent on behalf of Labour’s candidates – smeared Gorst and LCI and gave away how hopelessly out of touch the Labour right is by attacking Gorst for being an anti-Royalist and the group for opposing Labour’s budget cuts, both things that are likely to appeal to Scouse voters.
Labour’s behaviour is also reminiscent of the findings of the ‘Caller report’ that gave the Tories an opportunity to impose extremely expensive commissioners on the city – a move welcomed by ‘Labour leader’ Keir Starmer – as LCI has pointed out:
The LCI group has continued to take the high road, putting out actual policies conspicuous by their absence from Labour’s campaign:
The use of fake accounts to smear the left is a common right-wing tactic. The Labour right has shown itself to be petty, spiteful, void of ideas and utterly unfit to govern – and Liverpool deserves far better than them.
Tom Cardwell works for Garston and Halewood Labour MP Maria Eagle. Eagle did not respond to a request for comment on the alleged conduct of her employee.
Cardwell is currently a councillor for Speke-Garston, but is now standing in Brownlow Hill, some six miles away in the city-wide local elections, after the Tory-imposed commissioners’ changes to Liverpool’s ward structure – Skwawkbox advises Brownlow Hill voters to vote for the Greens in that ward.
Sam Gorst is a councillor in the Cressington area of Garston and is standing for election in the new Garston ward, alongside fellow LCI candidate Lucy Williams.
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