A Conservative campaign featuring supposed members of the public endorsing Theresa May’s Brexit deal are in fact Tory activists and politicians.
Out of seven people featured in the official “Back the Brexit Deal” campaign, The Red Roar has identified three signed-up Tory activists and a sitting Conservative councillor.
The campaign presents three endorsers named only as Laura-Beth, Ola and Aine as if they are ordinary members of the public. In fact they are Young Conservatives officer Laura-Beth Thompson, Croydon Conservatives officer Ola Kolade and activist Aine Lagan, creator of the #ImWithMay hashtag. Kolade also stood as a Tory council candidate in this year’s local elections, and was pictured playing football with the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell in October.
The identity of the three remaining endorsers – Mark, Andrew and Gareth – is unclear amongst the sea of Conservative figures bearing the same names.
The news exposes the weak support for May’s deal even within her own party. Senior Conservative figures have already lined up to criticise the campaign of leaflets and slick videos to promote a Brexit deal that they consider deeply flawed.