Nigerian born Kemi Badenoch, a member of the British Parliament, faces some time behind bar after admitting breaking the law by hacking into a Labour opponent’s website.
Kemi, a newly appointed vice-chairman of the Conservative Party, confessed that she launched the cyber-attack on the Labour MP’s site in order to write pro-Tory propaganda under their name, Daily Mail reported.
The paper said hacking into websites is a criminal offence – and can be punished with a prison sentence of up to two years.
Her confession in an interview on Sunday, according to the report, is embarrassing for Downing Street because she is a rising star who has been tasked by Theresa May with increasing the number of women and ethnic-minority MPs in the party.
Kemi, MP for Saffron Walden, Essex, made the admission when she was asked what was the ‘naughtiest’ thing she had ever done.
She replied that before she became an MP she had ‘hacked into a Labour MP’s website’, adding: ‘I changed all the stuff in there to say nice things about the Tories.’
Last night, she apologised for what she described as a ‘foolish prank’.
Kemi, who was elected to Parliament for the first time at last year’s General Election, is being fast-tracked to the top by a Tory Party desperate to shed its ‘pale, stale and male’ image.
Her closeness to No 10 was illustrated on Friday evening when she was the guest speaker at the Prime Minister’s annual constituency dinner.
Born in London, but raised in Nigeria, she moved back to the UK when she was 16 and studied for engineering and law degrees.
Source: Daily Mail