Mid­dle-class and spit­ting bile, three Cor­byn back­ers who tar­geted Yvette

Daily Mail - - Wimbeldon 2017 - By John Stevens, Tom Kelly and Tom Witherow

THE Left-wing ac­tivists be­hind a Twit­ter ac­count that spewed vile abuse about Yvette Cooper can be unmasked to­day as sup­port­ers of Jeremy Cor­byn.

Us­ing the pseu­do­nym ‘the Reel Poli­tik’, they pub­lished a pic­ture taken sur­rep­ti­tiously of the for­mer Labour lead­er­ship con­tender on a train.

Af­ter users crit­i­cised the pic­ture as creepy, the ac­count men­ac­ingly boasted: ‘Face it, Yvette’s a bell**d and a busted flush, you’re a c*** and we’re in charge for­ever.’

To­day the Daily Mail can re­veal the iden­ti­ties of the three men be­hind the ac­count, which has launched a se­ries of at­tacks on Labour mod­er­ates, as Jack FrayneReid, Tom Fos­ter and Yair Rice.

It has also emerged that Mr Cor­byn’s for­mer spokesman en­dorsed a pre­vi­ous of­fen­sive mes­sage posted by the group ac­cus­ing an ex-party mem­ber of be­ing a ‘cen­trist paedo’.

The at­tack on Miss Cooper came af­ter she con­demned on­line abuse of jour­nal­ists and politi­cians. She said she was ‘sick to death of the vit­riol poured out from all sides to­wards [BBC po­lit­i­cal ed­i­tor] Laura Kuenss­berg’.

She also com­plained about the ‘un­ac­cept­able’ and ‘ut­terly shame­ful’ abuse di­rected at Labour MP Lu­ciana Berger, who has been tar- geted by hard-Left sup­port­ers threat­en­ing to de-se­lect her.

The ‘Reel Poli­tik’ run the Twit­ter ac­count, as well as a recorded au­dio pro­gramme. Their ‘pod­cast’ page lists their three names as be­ing be­hind the group.

The Twit­ter ac­count has rev­elled in caus­ing of­fence with posts call­ing for there to be ‘no for­give­ness for the cen­trist scum’ and de­scrib­ing Labour MP Neil Coyle as a ‘West­min­ster-cen­tric bell**d who needs to wind his neck in’. It also called for a statue to Mar­garet Thatcher to be built so the ‘com­rades (can) van­dalise it’ and joked that there will be ‘jelly and ice cream when Blair dies’.

Mr Frayne-Reid, who is a Labour Party mem­ber, last week boasted about how they help spread fake news. He told the Ir­ri­tated Mil­len­ni­als blog: ‘Per­son­ally, I don’t give a s***. If it com­pounds the sense of chaos and in­sta­bil­ity around May’s pre­mier­ship, then it’s com­pli­men­tary to my po­lit­i­cal project.’

He said of the group’s Twit­ter ac­count that ‘po­lit­i­cal s***-sling­ing is what keeps the pun­ters com­ing’.

Mr Frayne-Reid said the trio, who met when stu­dents at De Mont­fort Univer­sity in Leicester, were ‘firmly so­cial­ist, anti-cap­i­tal­ist and anti-im­pe­ri­al­ist, sup­port­ive of Jeremy Cor­byn’s ef­forts to re­form the Labour Party’.

Last night a for­mer Labour Party mem­ber tar­geted by the group ac­cused Mr Cor­byn’s as­so­ci­ates of giv­ing the nod to their abuse.

A tweet posted by the ac­count ac­cus­ing An­drew Spooner of be­ing a ‘ cen­trist paedo’ was ‘liked’ on Twit­ter by Matt Zarb-Cousin, who was Mr Cor­byn’s spokesman un­til ear­lier this year.

Mr Spooner said: ‘ Matt Zar­bCousin liked the tweet, which ob­vi­ously con­veys a mes­sage to the per­son tweet­ing of “good job, well done, keep go­ing”.

‘So there is a link be­tween the leader’s of­fice and the en­cour­age­ment of ac­counts that troll Labour MPs and for­mer mem­bers.’

Both Mr Frayne-Reid and Mr Fos­ter are Face­book friends with Mr Zarb-Cousin. De­spite re­sign­ing from his post in March, Mr Zar­bCousin has re­mained a staunch de­fender of the Labour leader.

Last night Mr Frayne-Reid apol­o­gised for the tweet about Miss Cooper. He said: ‘I didn’t it write my­self, but I do take re­spon­si­bil­ity as co- ed­i­tor of the ac­count and would like to of­fer my apolo­gies on be­half of the team.’

He said the pic­ture of Miss Cooper had not been taken by his team, but re­pub­lished from an­other Face­book page.

Mr Fos­ter, 23, also de­nied post­ing

the tweet. speak­ing from his fam­ily home in War­wick, the cafe worker said: ‘i just con­trib­ute to the pod­cast ev­ery now and then. i try to stay out of the twit­ter side be­cause there’s a lot of abuse and it’s not worth it. it’s a lit­tle un­fair that peo­ple from the Left have been tar­nished as bul­lies when a lot of it is go­ing on across the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem usu­ally from the cen­tre ground and the right.’

Mr rice, 24, could not be con­tacted last night.

Mr Zarb-Cousin at­tempted to dis­tance him­self from the group. He said: ‘Likes are not en­dorse­ments. i book­marked that tweet in ref­er­ence to this par­tic­u­lar per­son stalk­ing my fam­ily’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts to look for pho­tos of me as a child as he wanted to find out what pri­mary school i went to.’

the group said they had pre­vi­ously apol­o­gised for and deleted the tweet ac­cus­ing Mr spooner of be­ing a pae­dophile.

Jack Frayne-Reid: He boasted about spread­ing fake news

Tom Fos­ter: Abuse is ‘across the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem’

Yair Rice: Third mem­ber of the Reel Poli­tik team

EX­POSED: SHOCK­ING SCALE OF HARD-LEFT BUL­LY­ING The pic­ture of Yvette Cooper which the Reel Poli­tik ac­count pub­lished along­side an abu­sive mes­sage

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