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Tory lobbyist spent £65k on anti-Labour adverts during 2019 election

A LOBBYIST with close links to the Tories spent almost £65,000 on anti-Labour online adverts while Jeremy Corbyn was running for prime minister in 2019, it was revealed yesterday.

Jennifer Powers published dozens of ads claiming that Mr Corbyn wanted to “attack property rights in the UK” and which told readers: “Your mortgage will be harder to pay under Labour,” the Mirror reported.

She told the newspaper that she had partly funded the Facebook and Instagram ads herself, and raised money through “donations,” but refused to name the sources of her funding. 

Ms Powers published the adverts over the space of two months under the guise of her campaign group called ‘Right to Rent, Right to Buy, Right to Own.’

“I just happen to have an amateur interest in housing policy,” she said.

The campaign declared no other costs, and their website is no longer active.

Ms Powers said she had interned for the Tory Party in the late 1990s, and her LinkedIn page shows she worked as an associate consultant for Public First, a PR firm run by friends of PM Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings until July 2019.

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