Black “rising star” of Tory Party admits criminal hacking of opponent’s website

Kemi Badenoch (left) with former PM Margaret Thatcher

Kemi Badenoch MP, a vice-chairman of the Conservative Party responsible for Tory candidates nationwide, has admitted having hacked into the website of Labour rival Harriet Harman (at that time a cabinet minister and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party).

Mrs Badenoch’s actions are a serious criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment and/or a fine.

What makes it all the more serious is that Mrs Badenoch (who is of Nigerian origin, thus confirming that not all national stereotypes are wrong!) was not engaged in casual nonsense on Facebook, which has ended so many political careers.  Her deliberate criminality involved misusing her professional skills for the purpose of political chicanery.

Mrs Badenoch has a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Sussex University, and worked in several high-level computer-related jobs before entering politics – including as an associate director of the exclusive private bank Coutts. Her husband Hamish Badenoch works for Deutsche Bank and is stepping down this month as a Conservative councillor in the London Borough of Merton.

Kemi Badenoch with her husband Hamish and Prime Minister Theresa May, after she was guest speaker at Mrs May’s constituency dinner last Friday evening.

Political careers have ended for far less serious offences than this; in fact many people are in jail for far less serious offences. Mrs Badenoch is presently Tory MP for Saffron Walden: her predecessors included Tory gentlemen of unimpeachable integrity – former Deputy Speaker Sir Alan Haselhurst and R.A. Butler, a former Deputy Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary.

The voters of Saffron Walden deserve better than Mrs Badenoch.

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