The Conservative Member of Parliament for Telford, Lucy Allan, has been exposed as a malicious troll-caller after doctoring an email from one of her constituents.
Lucy Allan’s victim was Adam Watling, 27, an audio producer from Telford who was writing as Rusty Shackleford. “I think this is deceitful and it calls into question her integrity,” he said. “The fact she is doing this and also representing voters is very worrying.
“I would like her to resign as it is a serious thing for an MP to do to someone, to misrepresent an email from a constituent so grossly.”
Jonathan Bishop is an Internet trolling and cyberstalking expert, who made a speech at the E-Society Conference in Madeira this year, where he showed how young men, like Adam Watling, are being falsely branded as trolls by politicians, journalists and feminists, when the reality is different. He says that Lucy Allan is breaching many statutes by her actions. “There are a significant number of laws that Lucy Allan is breaking by trying to damage her constituent’s reputation through her magnitude 4 trolling,” he said. “Everyone knows this is defamation under civil law, but the Communications Act 2003 also makes it a criminal offence to send a message over the Internet that one knows is untrue,” he continued. “Furthermore, Lucy Allan is breaking the Public Order Act 1986 by posting in a publicly accessible online location words which could be perceived as threatening or offensive by unsuspecting persons.”
Adam Watling made clear that he is not who Lucy Allan is trying to portray him as. “Despite changing my Facebook name, I am a genuine Telford constituent and I have lived here all my life., he said. “And just because I emailed under a different name, why does that make it OK to add a death threat to my email?
“I would never say the words she attributed to my initial email. I do not understand why she would take the comments she may or may not have received from someone else and add them to my email when she put it on her Facebook.
“I just don’t understand why that gives her the right to add three words to my email. This is not selective editing, this is adding things I did not say.“