Vauxhall Labour drafts in senior Vote Leave official to be campaign manager


Kate Hoey’s bid to hold on to Vauxhall is being helped by a key member of Labour Leave.

Labour Leave is an anti-EU campaigning group partly funded by Right-Wing donors which co-operated with Vote Leave and Conservatives for Britain throughout the referendum campaign.

Michael O’Sullivan is listed as Digital Organiser for Ms Hoey’s campaign on emails to Labour members and supporters - but he became Head of Digital for Labour Leave in March 2016.

His LinkedIn profile says he was “responsible for managing high profile national digital marketing campaign, collaborating with MPs and the board of directors to oversee digital strategy and integrate this with the Labour Leave campaign using an agile approach”.

Vauxhall voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, with 78.6 per cent of Lambeth residents supporting Remain last June.

Hoey resigned from Labour Leave last year following disagreements and campaigned with Grassroots Out, along with hard-Right UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Labour Leave has received hundreds and thousands of pounds in the past from right-wing Tory donors. The Electoral Commission shows Labour Leave received £15,000 from Vote Leave, the organisation which had Boris Johnson and Michael Gove at the forefront of its campaign.

It also received £50,000 from Jeremy Hosking, a donor to the Conservative Party who has to date given the Tories £569,100.

Hoey’s local Constituency Labour Party issued a statement earlier this year saying they believed she was insufficiently opposing Conservative government policy on child refugees and the residency rights of people from the EU after Britain leaves.

Ahead of the 2017 general election Hoey was re-adopted as the Labour candidate. Hoey was subsequently endorsed by UKIP and their leader, Paul Nuttall.

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