The Labour Party’s press team says its Twitter account was “hacked” after a message was posted accusing the party of being “institutionally racist”.
The post, which was swiftly deleted, emerged as a BBC Panorama documentary was broadcast that investigated anti-Semitism in the Jeremy Corbyn-led party.
The intial tweet read: “There we have it folks, proof if any was needed that the Labour Party IS institutionally racist and will be until Corbyn and his cronies go”.
A tweet was soon after posted indicting the account had been “re-secured”.
The party denied the Panorama claims that key Corbyn allies interfered in Labour’s disciplinary process to try and “downgrade” serious cases of anti-Semitism.
Eight former Labour officials spoke to Panorama, including four who have signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) on the subject of anti-Semitism, according to the BBC.
Before the hack, the Labour press team spent much of the broadcast tweeting rebuttals to the allegations.