A friend of George Galloway who has defended Vladimir Putin’s state-run media has been granted a lobby pass for the Houses of Parliament.
Matt Turner writes for Evolve Politics, an alt-left site which uses the same click-bait business model employed by The Canary.
He is also a regular guest on George Galloway’s shows for Sputnik and RT, the Kremlin-backed propaganda channels. It’s the first time an Alt-left site has gained official access to the corridors of power. The distribution of the limited number of lobby passes is strictly controlled.
Evolve Politics is run by Tom Rogers and his girlfriend, who were once described by a former Evolve writer as “two hypocritical and petulant kids…[who] know bugger all about anything outside their own very limited life experience.”
A Facebook messenger conversation shows Rogers once asked a former employee to make up a quote from a non-existent source to support a claim that ‘white terrorists firebombed a restaurant,’ – a story and headline that were completely fabricated.
The site once posted on Facebook the conspiracy theory that Israel is responsible for ISIS.
Turner is a close friend and supporter of the former-Respect MP and regularly shares Galloway’s articles, including one which argued the idea that Hillary Clinton as President would be a victory for women is “shameful” and his writings for Aaron Banks’ site Westmonster.
Galloway has backed Turner to become an MP at the next election.
As a regular guest on RT (formerly Russia Today), it’s perhaps unsurprising that Turner has consistently denied the Putin regime’s has intervened in politics overseas despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
He labelled allegations of Russian interference in various elections in the past two years ‘a conspiracy theory,’ ‘politically motivated’, and ‘a new McCarthyism’.
When RT had its British bank accounts frozen, Turner jumped to the Russian propaganda station’s defence, calling the move, without a trace of irony, “an inherently authoritarian, illiberal act.”
The fact that the Alt-left media is now officially represented in Westminster is further evidence of its growing influence in UK politics.