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UK Labour wants probe into minister who attacked journalist on Twitter

Britain’s opposition Labour Party demanded an investigation into Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch amid an ongoing row with a journalist whose query she labelled “creepy and bizarre.”

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The party urged Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, the U.K.’s most senior civil servant, to step in after Badenoch took to Twitter to reveal an email exchange with Huffington Post reporter Nadine White.

White had pressed Badenoch about her lack of participation in a video aiming to encourage vaccine take-up among the U.K.’s Black community, prompting an angry response from the minister.

In a thread on Badenoch’s Twitter account, the minister said she had avoided taking part in the video because she was “taking part in and promoting vaccine trials” and wanted not to give “mixed messages.” Sharing screenshots of an email request for comment from White, Badenoch accused the reporter and HuffPost of trying to “undermine our efforts to build trust in the vaccine by making absurd claims” and said it was “creepy and bizarre to fixate on who didn’t participate in a video and demand they explain themselves.”

But the move has drawn condemnation from the U.K.’s National Union of Journalists, which branded Badenoch’s actions an “unacceptable and uncalled for pillorying of a journalist simply doing her job.” The Council of Europe’s Safety of Journalists platform categorized the incident as “harassment and intimidation of journalists.”

Labour’s letter to Case — reported by the BBC — highlights parts of the U.K.’s ministerial code which says “harassing, bullying or other inappropriate or discriminating behavior wherever it takes place is not consistent with the ministerial code and will not be tolerated.”

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Downing Street again stood by Badenoch on Wednesday, saying she had worked “to encourage vaccine take-up and confidence among the Black community.”

Asked whether ministers should publish emails sent by journalists, the prime minister’s press secretary, Allegra Stratton, said: “It’s so important we all focus on the big, urgent job we have right now to encourage people in the Black community to have confidence in the vaccine.”

But she added: “Twitter would not be the means by which the PM [Prime Minister] would have addressed the issue.”

Emilio Casalicchio contributed reporting

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by WCT staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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