By Oisin Sweeney • 18 December 2020 • 18:33
CONSERVATIVE MP Andrew Lewer has been sacked from his role as a ministerial aide following an investigation into a leaked letter that warned Westminster workers against leaking.
Using a “Canary Trap” technique, Chief Whip Mark Spencer and other investigators sent the same letter with subtle differences to several MPs. As a result, Andrew Lewer was sacked from his job as an aide to Policing Minister Kit Malthouse when it was concluded that he had leaked the letter to the Guido Fawkes political website.
The Northampton South MP, who was previously a member of the European parliament until 2017, denies the allegations of leaking and told Politico that “in nearly 20 years of elected office I have never leaked to the press”.
The leaked letter carried a warning against leaking, saying that the codes of conduct for MPs “strictly prohibits” the practice. It comes amidst a crackdown on leaking in Boris Johnson’s government following the scandal that led to newspapers learning of the UK’s second lockdown before the Prime Minister had announced it.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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