Croydon Labour, which has failed to expel anyone responsible for the bankrupting of the borough, has now started to warn its members to do what most residents have been doing for years: ignore calls from Croydon Labour.
Anthony Ellis, the official paid by the Labour Party to “organise” campaigning in Croydon, sent his latest panic-strickened memo to anyone and everyone on his distribution list last week.
Ellis warned of dodgy goings-on with their social media. Horror of horrors: Croydon Labour had been hacked!
It was 11.16pm last Monday, August 14, when Ellis sent his little note.
On one of Labour’s many WhatsApp groups, Ellis wrote, in bold print: “Beware of calls or WhatsApp messages purporting to be from Croydon Labour“.
He continued: “A number of local members have received unusual and repeated WhatsApp calls from a number they didn’t recognise requesting that they attend a meeting and/or go through some sort of verification process.
Ellis then went all bold again: “These calls are not from Croydon Labour, if you proceeded with the verification process your phone may be compromised and your number may be being used without your knowledge.
“We currently believe a compromised phone with access to several of our WhatsApp groups allowed a bad actor to obtain member phone numbers. The matter has been reported to the party and to the police.” Which is more than Croydon Labour did when they received hundreds of documents stolen from this website in another hack two years ago…
Ellis continued: “Please let me know if you’ve received unusual calls or texts over the last few days.”
Things go from bad to worse for Ellis and his Croydon Labour colleagues, as they have now even started to “Like” tweets – messages sent on the Elon Musk X platform – that have been sent by Croydon Conservatives.
The local Tories, keen to pass the buck for their swingeing cuts to council services and axing of all grants to charities and volunteer groups in the borough, posted a message saying, “Croydon Labour bankrupted our borough three times over…”, which is actually untrue, but hey, these are Tories, remember, “… accruing £1.6billion total debt”, also inaccurate.
They pressed on: “£47million in annual repayments. Crippling our ability to invest in services.”
And someone while in charge of the Croydon Labour Twitter/X account, with its 5,492 followers, managed to click the “Like” button. Doh!
“Looks like Croydon Labour are starting to agree with what we’ve been saying all along…,” crowed whoever it is in charge of the Croydon Tories’ account.
The Labour Party’s approach to data protection has, for a while, been more than a bit hit and miss.
Following this latest omnishambles, might we expect the latest Steve Reed purge any day now? Will there be anyone left to deliver Labour leaflets?
And just who was it that left all those very official-looking, Ministry of Justice restricted documents in a rucksack on Norwood Grove?
What this space…
Read more: #TheLabourFiles: MP Reed, Evans and the Croydon connection
Read more: Chief whip worked with group that attacks council policy
Read more: Hacker hacked? Labour councillor gets banned from Twitter
- Inside Croydon – as seen on TV! – has been delivering local community news since 2010. 3million page views per year in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
- If you want real journalism, actually based in the borough, you should consider paying for it. Please sign up today. Click here for more details
- If you have a news story about life in or around Croydon, or want to publicise your residents’ association or business, or if you have a local event to promote, please email us with full details at firstname.lastname@example.org
- As featured on Google News Showcase
- We offer FREE ads to community groups when they have members who are paid subscribers to Inside Croydon
- Our comments section on every report provides all readers with an immediate “right of reply” on all our content
- Inside Croydon is a member of the Independent Community News Network
- Inside Croydon works together with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, as well as BBC London News and ITV London
- ROTTEN BOROUGH AWARDS: Croydon was named among the country’s rottenest boroughs for a SIXTH successive year in 2022 in the annual round-up of civic cock-ups in Private Eye magazine