Rishi Sunak warns of international ‘bad actors’ – POLITICO

To date, POLITICO has verified directly that at least 21 people in U.K. politics were sent unsolicited WhatsApp messages by one or both of two phone numbers, which alternatively used the names “Charlie” or “Abi.” Among those targeted are Labour and Tory MPs, including a serving minister in the U.K. government. The origin of the messages remains unknown.

At least two police forces, in London and Leicestershire, are investigating the scandal. Sunak urged people to “let the police investigations run their course.”

The prime minister’s remarks come after Hazel Grove MP William Wragg quit the Tory whip Tuesday night after leaking the personal phone numbers of a number of MPs.

“It’s a good reminder to everyone, but particularly those in public life, to obviously be careful about unsolicited messages they get,” Sunak said Wednesday when pressed on Wragg’s exit.


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