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CHRIS WILLIAMSON made a renewed call today for a public inquiry into the “shady” Institute for Statecraft and its “integrity initiative” smearing Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.
The Labour Derby North MP made the appeal on Twitter alongside footage showing him having had a door slammed in his face by the organisation’s co-founder Daniel Lafayeedney.
Through their 'Integrity Initiative' project, the Institute for Statecraft − a state-funded charity − conducted a number of shady activities, like smearing Jeremy Corbyn.
This requires a public inquiry. Watch what happened when I visited their London office earlier this year. pic.twitter.com/42LOIhFcDO
— Chris Williamson MP #GTTO (@DerbyChrisW) May 20, 2019
Mr Williamson wrote an account of his own probe into the the Institute for Statecraft for the Morning Star (January 2) after it emerged in December that the government-funded “charity” had been encouraging the spread of anti-Labour propaganda.
The “charity,” registered as being located at an abandoned mill in Fife, Scotland, had shared articles online that described Mr Corbyn as a “useful idiot” for Moscow.
Mr Williamson said the reaction at the IoS’s London office had been “appalling.” He told the Star yesterday: “I tried repeatedly knocking and shouting questions through the door, but he never responded.
“The ministerial responses to my questions have been less than satisfactory.
“After initially confirming that the Foreign Office had paid around £2 million and the Ministry of Defence several hundred thousand pounds to this shady outfit, they have refused to answer my questions.”
In December, Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan rejected the assertion that the charity smeared Mr Corbyn and claimed that the Integrity Initiative was launched “to defend democracy against disinformation.”
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