Futures Forum: Brexit: and Exeter's MP once 'regarded as a crank' >>> but now questions are multiplying over the roles of Cambridge Analytica and its parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories
Futures Forum: Brexit: and Exeter's MP's demanding that the government 'comes clean'
Friday's Express & Echo quoted the MP:
Meet the young Devon activists who are fighting Brexit
Students still believe they can stop Britain leaving the EU
5 APR 2018
Exeter Students For Europe's stance has been echoed by the city's MP Ben Bradshaw who has repeatedly questioned the decision to leave the EU. Writing for DevonLive.com last month, he said that the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal raises awkward questions about legitimacy of the Brexit referendum.
"I have also had concerns for some time, which I have repeatedly raised in Parliament – about the use, or rather misuse, of people’s personal data for covert political campaigning and the impact that could have on our democracy," said Mr Bradshaw. "So, shocking as the revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have been, I am not surprised.
"It is already clear to me that our regulators have neither the power nor the resources they need to protect our democracy from manipulation. Just look at the farce of the Information Commissioner spending a week before finally getting a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s office, when Facebook themselves had been to their offices within hours of the scandal breaking.
"But Ministers too need to take this problem more seriously than they have. Indeed, everyone who cares about our democracy should, however awkward that might be in terms of raising questions about the legitimacy of the Brexit referendum result."
Meet the young Devon activists who are fighting Brexit - Devon Live
From the MP's Twitter feed:
“We need to take back control”: Brexit whistleblower Shahmir Sanni on why there must be a new EU referendum
Ben Bradshaw (@BenPBradshaw) | Twitter
His party leadership aren't very happy with what he's got to say:
Labour MP shut down over Brexit | Ben Bradshaw MP interview - YouTube (Party Conference: October 2017)
Owen Smith's sacking is a distraction from the wider picture – Labour could never agree to the Tory Brexit deal | The Independent (opinion piece: March 2018)