Westminster ‘Honeytrapper’ targetted MPs at LibDem conference in Bournemouth – via Grindr

Politico reports that the “honeytrapper” implicated in the Westminster scandal actually tried to target LibDem MPs at our last Bournemouth conflict. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke.

“I was at the bar at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott [Hotel],” recalls an attendee at Lib Dem conference. He saw a message on gay dating app Grindr from a handsome man in a Levi’s T-shirt. “M – xl” said he was 28 — and that his name was Charlie.

“He was very open about wanting to sleep with MPs,” said the attendee, a former MP’s staffer who was there in a new role. Like others who were targeted, the attendee has been granted anonymity to protect their privacy. “He asked for names of politicians,” the attendee recalls. “He never asked for numbers, but he did ask for names that would be interested [in sleeping with him].”

Reading the report, it seems that the “honeytrapper” was rather unsophisticated (revealing their location as 100 miles away from Bournemouth, for example) and that the attendees who saw the Grindr profile immediately thought it was “weird”.

You can read the full article here.

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  • Seriously? Is this the level of reporting
    No Lib Dem voice has sunk to?

  • As proof reader to my local party, I finally realise that I have reached the cantankerous stage of old age, since I have no sense of humour about platforms that are happy to dispose of vowels for the sake of effect!

  • Matthew Radmore 9th Apr '24 - 11:42am

    David, it is important that members are made aware that these sort of attacks/traps/scams are not just aimed at the Tories. I assume that no LibDem MPs would be interested in such blatant phishing, but good to remind everyone.

  • (Not the Charlie mentioned above!) I’ve also seen this profile before, I think they have been around for longer than just the last conference. Luckily I didn’t have a conversation with the account, but I remember them messaging! Disturbing stuff.

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