Sunday, April 19, 2009
New Smear Email nails Labour Lies
Damning proof that vicious dirty tricks website did involve highest levels of party
News of the World exclusive.
Well well Been caught telling porkies?
A new email shows that Labour's General Secretary Ray Collins chaired a secret meeting to create the Red Rag website now ensnared in the Smeargate scandal.
So the party chairman was involved What does that mean? Why should a bigwig like that want to get his hands dirty unless it was delegated and asked for by someone even higher up.
And it exposes the LIE, put out by Downing Street, and repeated by government ministers this week, that the smears were just a minor aberration cooked up by a couple of renegades acting alone-and which would never have seen light of day.
Draper claimed: "The idea that it was a big project orchestrated in Downing Street is ridiculous."
However, our revelations show that Collins knew about the Red Rag site more than four months ago and did NOTHING to stop it-in fact he did the opposite.
Collins also tried to distance himself from Draper last week.
"I want to reiterate that Derek Draper does not hold a position or role with the Labour Party and this will remain the case," he said.
Yet the General Secretary himself recruited Draper last year to try to set up a unit inside the Labour Party to attack the Tories using the internet.
We can reveal that despite internal opposition Collins granted Draper a pass to Labour Party HQ in Westminster, and even allowed him a Labour Party email account.
Both were quietly rescinded by Collins this week after furious protests from staff following our Smeargate revelations.
The Red Rag site was borne out out of those foundations, and was set up on November 4, 2008, weeks before the secret meeting.
Lies, Denial, and Skullduggery Why do we have these people in power?
From a labour party insider
"Whelan is back as Gordon Brown's unofficial Mr Fix-it, and he's now so powerful that he's effectively running the party.
"If anyone in the party was still daft enough to believe the Downing Street line about this being minor, this email finally exposes that lie." Whelan was copied in to the vile emails between McBride and Draper and his role in the meeting at the Unite HQ raises further questions about how closely the union was involved in the dirty tricks campaign.
He is political director of Unite, which has two million members.
It is now the largest donor to the Labour Party, and it's cash is effectively paying the near-bankrupt party's wages as it struggles to manage debts topping £16million.